As part of a delegation to Toronto for St Patrick’s Day, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was on hand to announce the further expansion of Leading Edge’s existing partnership agreement with the Ontario Hospital Association, (OHA), which is looking to re-shape the healthcare system in eastern Canada through more innovation and better links between its hospitals and their communities.
Leading Edge has been trading for nearly 20 years and — from offices in Ireland, Britain and Canada — provides consultancy and corporate training to companies in a number of sectors, aimed at helping them run their operations in a more lean, value-added manner.
Mr Gilmore said, over the weekend, that the extension to the current agreement with OHA should provide Leading Edge with additional revenues of around €325,000 per year, and the relationship is likely to grow further over the next two years.
Via Leading Edge, OHA will now offer a full suite of certified continuous improvement education programmes suitable for all healthcare staff as well as tailor-made training workshops to its member hospitals.
Leading Edge generated sales of €600,000 last year and is aiming to grow revenue to around the €1 million mark by the end of 2012.
As well as the OHA, Leading Edge has established working relationships with a number of Canadian-based businesses including the Northern Health Authority and the popular Tim Horton’s chain of coffee houses.
Some of the Cork company’s other clients include Pfizer, the VHI, Dairygold, Johnson & Johnson and Bord Gais.