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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Keystone Column 46 – Scaling business

Keystone Column 46 – Scaling business

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 scaling business: we look at the Web Summit which has grown to a level beyond what the conference infrastructure of its first home, Dublin, can support. We also look […]

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Consortiums – a path to growth for SMEs

Consortiums – a path to growth for SMEs

We are strong advocates for business expansion through cooperative engagements like business consortiums, clusters and networks. It makes sense for businesses, particularly micro-businesses and small businesses in so many ways. The benefits of cooperation are that it allows companies to grow through an alignment of mutually beneficial interests (growing the pie) rather than having to […]

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When is an SME not an SME and other interesting dilemmas

When is an SME not an SME and other interesting dilemmas

Every year we see paid for semi-competitive programmes that are primarily used for marketing purposes, declare companies are among the best places to work. Many would take these programmes with a grain of salt. For instance, the local divisions of global multinationals are often listed as SMEs because of the number of employees they have and/or because […]

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Keystone Column 39 – Reimagining Procurement

Keystone Column 39 – Reimagining Procurement

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, we look at how the HSE has been reprimanded for its procurement approach, how banks are being challenged by FinTech start-ups, a legal expert that has embarked upon the modest task of reimagining […]

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Business growth with below threshold contracts

Business growth with below threshold contracts

Below threshold contracts From working with SMEs, we know that the first question many ask when it comes to public sector tendering is – how do you get started? A simple question but the answer is not quite as straight forward as throwing the company headlong into the challenge of meeting buyers or commissioners of […]

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