Keystone Column 84 – Challenging a decision – the pros and cons

Keystone Column 84 – Challenging a decision – the pros and cons

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at specific actions a company can take should they lose a bid. We also have an update on the Keystone tenders report. This post was originally published in June 2016 and concludes this series of three blogs on how to deal with losing bids. *** In […]

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Keystone Column 83 – What are your options when you lose?

Keystone Column 83 – What are your options when you lose?

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at the options for suppliers that want to “do something” after losing in a tender process.  As usual this week’s free weekly list of Irish government tenders is included in out e-Tenders report. *** This post from April 2016 is the second in a series of three posts […]

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Keystone Column No 81 – The Global Innovation Index and Ireland

Keystone Column No 81 – The Global Innovation Index and Ireland

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we take a closer look at the Global Innovation Index. It was published for 2017 in June 2017 and contains some interesting findings in relation to the Irish Market. We also feature this weeks tenders report for Ireland. *** Every year Cornell University in the United States publishes […]

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Keystone Column no 80 – Exports to Canada: federal level opportunities

Keystone Column no 80 – Exports to Canada: federal level opportunities

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we take a closer look at the Canadian market and the potential opportunities for Irish companies. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. In this issue we are featuring our first ever guest blog from Joe O’Regan, an Irish business consultant, accountant and […]

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Keystone Column no 79 – Environmental, Social and Labour Law Standards in Ireland

Keystone Column no 79 – Environmental, Social and Labour Law Standards in Ireland

This week’s column we look at new trends. The OGP has published new guidelines for suppliers to the State. Here we focus on the first formal definition of the minimum environmental, social and labour law standards for suppliers to the State. There are some industries that are perceived as higher risk than others. We outline […]

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Trade, business growth and survival of the fittest

Trade, business growth and survival of the fittest

There is no point in any year where Irish companies do not have to make choices. Some choices sound bigger than others and can fall flat (Y2K anyone?) whilst others live up to their billing. Irish companies must operate on the basis that a hard Brexit is going to take place. In the event of the EU […]

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Keystone Column no 78 – growing business through global trade

Keystone Column no 78 – growing business through global trade

We have changed to doing a monthly digest on procurement news stories from Ireland and around the world. This provides a better opportunity to follow the big trends whilst also covering some big cases as they arise. This week we look at possible changes to the UK system, an expansion of the WTO’s government procurement […]

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Publishing public expenditure data in Ireland

Publishing public expenditure data in Ireland

Keystone Procurement is an advocate for full transparency in relation to publishing public expenditure data.* It remains the case that the majority of public contract values are not published in Ireland. This is not a norm universally however. In many EU countries including but not limited to Portugal, Slovakia and Estonia, all public expenditure data including […]

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Keystone Column 72 – Tackling Fraud

Keystone Column 72 – Tackling Fraud

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week: we take a broad perspective on allegations of fraud in Cavan County Council, the Garda Training College and examine how one FinTech firm is looking to tackle the risk of fraud in the development aid sector.  We also look at calls for greater freedom in procurement rules and what […]

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Keystone Column 69 – The Innovation Principle and Sustainability

Keystone Column 69 – The Innovation Principle and Sustainability

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at Amsterdam’s dynamic sharing economy, the innovation principle and why it should be adopted in Ireland and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   Business news Amsterdam aims to use the […]

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