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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Negotiation processes: lessons for suppliers from Brexit

Negotiation processes: lessons for suppliers from Brexit

Popular images of negotiations come loaded with lazy tropes. The smoke filled rooms (years after smoking bans) still get rolled out as they convey a sense of shady deal-making and finagling that is rare in reality. Chemistry tells us that for fire to spark, you need fuel, heat and oxygen. For negotiations to succeed you […]

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Keystone Column 68 – New Ideas and the Smart City

Keystone Column 68 – New Ideas and the Smart City

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at taxing questions that require new responses, trends in the world of the smart city and a global trend in tackling modern slavery hits France. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   News Stories Taxing questions This week the USA […]

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