What’s in a name? Diversity and Public Procurement

What’s in a name? Diversity and Public Procurement

Diversity and Public Procurement In working with a group of SMEs recently, a very interesting question arose around diversity and the use of CVs in tender submissions. The individual in question asked whether submitting CVs that have the names and genders removed was acceptable. It was the first question in quite some time that stopped […]

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Circular procurement – a glimpse at our shared future

Circular procurement – a glimpse at our shared future

Circular procurement is a buzz topic at the moment. The European Union LIFE project is examining the area of clothing from an environmental sustainability perspective. It is interesting that clothing is being examined in detail as it shows how the sustainability conversation is moving beyond single use items like paper and plastics onto items that […]

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Keystone Column 93 – Getting Value for Money from Suppliers

Keystone Column 93 – Getting Value for Money from Suppliers

This week we look at Supplier Relationship Management and why it is used by buyers. It is useful for buyers and suppliers to acquaint themselves with the core principles from time to time. We frequently find ourselves talking with suppliers new to the process who find it difficult to cope with. The bigger the contract, […]

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Keystone Column 92 – Green Public Procurement in Ireland

Keystone Column 92 – Green Public Procurement in Ireland

Keystone Procurement had the opportunity to attend Green Public Procurement for Growth (GPP4) this week. It is an inter-reg programme being run by the Department of Communications, Climate Change and the Environment to increase the prominence of green procurement in Ireland. It was a very worthwhile event and was extremely well organised and run by […]

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Keystone Column 90 – Small Firms Can Win Big Legal Tenders

Keystone Column 90 – Small Firms Can Win Big Legal Tenders

This week, we focus on the legal services sector and how some small legal firms are competing effectively and successfully against the large law firms to win legal tenders. There is no single path to doing so. One route involves differentiation but this can present risks and be a pro-cyclical strategy for firms that over […]

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Keystone Column 88 – smart bidding is a growth hack

Keystone Column 88 – smart bidding is a growth hack

This week we focus on an Irish technology company called Tenderscout. Tenderscout has developed technology that enables businesses focused on public sector work and growth through public contracts to maximise their chances of winning the work. They contest that their platform is a way to scale through significant but manageable organic growth. A growth hack […]

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Keystone Column 86: The Future of Procurement

Keystone Column 86: The Future of Procurement

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, we focus on a report issued by KPMG on the future of procurement. We conclude with links to the key sources of contract notices for Ireland and international markets. New paper on the future of procurement” Global Advisory Firm KPMG has published interesting research in relation to the future of […]

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Keystone Column 85 – Contract management & procurement trends

Keystone Column 85 – Contract management & procurement trends

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, we highlight some global trends and stories in the procurement space from Ireland and around the world. Our theme this week is contract management and aspects related to this area. We conclude with links to the key sources of contract notices in Ireland and internationally.   The closure […]

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