Consortiums and business growth on IFI projects – feature article in Sunday Times 02 April 2017

Consortiums and business growth on IFI projects – feature article in Sunday Times 02 April 2017

Consortiums and business growth on IFI projects:  Once Britain leaves the EU, companies there will be unable to tender for European Commission-funded development work. Given that Brits currently win the lion’s share of a multi-billion public tender activity, it’s an opportunity for even the smallest of Irish businesses. Swords Consultancy, a one-man band run by […]

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International Development Opportunities – Why Irish SMEs should start bidding

International Development Opportunities – Why Irish SMEs should start bidding

We were delighted to be invited onto the Sunday Business Show on TodayFM to outline the opportunities for growth through international development projects. There is a limit to what can be conveyed in a relatively brief slot on radio so here are some additional substantive reasons why this is too good an opportunity to miss out […]

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Keystone Column 62 – The Role of the Buyer

Keystone Column 62 – The Role of the Buyer

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at the role of the buyer from a couple of angles. First, we at a case in Mayo that is still in the news, we outline our guide to the contest types buyer’s run (and why they use them), we explore the latest startling revelations on […]

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Game Theory and Pricing

Game Theory and Pricing

Using game theory to win There are often applications for game theory in the winning of work with customers. We have looked at a number of different strategies for price dominated market contests and believe that the application of game theory really falls into two categories depending on whether the business is new or established. […]

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Keystone Column 61 – Competitiveness and the State

Keystone Column 61 – Competitiveness and the State

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at the importance of competitiveness from a number of perspectives. First we look at the threats to Irish agribusiness from Brexit, then we look at real competitiveness issues in two commercial semi-state companies. Finally, we look at an emerging trend for barring unethical companies from procurement in […]

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Keystone Column 60 – When Brexit Britain Goes Bad

Keystone Column 60 – When Brexit Britain Goes Bad

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at the darker side of Brexit Britain which is emerging from two perspectives – preferential rules (with a hint of 1984) and the disappearance of the humble lettuce (and who’s really to blame for it).  We feature an energy efficiency company and and we conclude with our […]

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Keystone column 58 – Economic indicators and procurement

Keystone column 58 – Economic indicators and procurement

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at three recent procurement cases that have established some important case-law suppliers should be aware of, the importance of economic indicators (especially the six month view of the economy) and how one firm is making the concept that ‘money follows the patient’ in healthcare a reality.  We conclude […]

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Keystone Column 55 – Transparency and Government

Keystone Column 55 – Transparency and Government

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at Transparency International’s latest report on global corruption perceptions and lessons for Irish companies looking to new markets may be able to draw from it. We also look at Western Australia’s innovative approach to developing its online tendering portal and how the city of Cincinnati has become […]

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Explaining what social value in procurement means

Explaining what social value in procurement means

Social value in procurement: a complex concept founded in good intentions Recently, the Irish book industry expressed dismay at the outcome of a national public tender on the supply of library books, saying it poses “a real threat” to Irish booksellers and suppliers. Bookselling Ireland and Words Ireland claim 60 per cent of the €6 million annual contract was awarded last month to […]

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Keystone Column 48 – the rise of protectionism

Keystone Column 48 – the rise of protectionism

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week’s focus is on the return of protectionism. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below.   Business Stories The return of protectionism? […]

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