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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Keystone Column 67 – Data-driven Decisions

Keystone Column 67 – Data-driven Decisions

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at the importance of data-driven decisions for both policy makers and investors. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. Business stories A lack of data-driven decisions in housing More than one in five applicants have been struck off Dublin City […]

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Keystone Column 66 – Prioritising Competitiveness

Keystone Column 66 – Prioritising Competitiveness

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at prioritising competitiveness in Ireland plus we consider what innovators should avoid doing. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. Business stories Prioritising Competitiveness in Ireland The political stasis at the heart of Irish government is a cause for concern. For […]

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Keystone Column 65 – Sourcing Innovation

Keystone Column 65 – Sourcing Innovation

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at sourcing innovation – it is not easy to envisage solutions that do not exist yet. We highlight important opportunities for innovative SMEs post Brexit and consider just how innovative is the Irish economy. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   Business […]

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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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Introducing Sluamor – One Place. Limitless Possibilities

Introducing Sluamor – One Place. Limitless Possibilities

We believe that SMEs can expand and compete through cooperative engagements like business consortiums and networks. It makes sense for businesses, particularly micro-businesses and small businesses in so many ways. That is why we are introducing sluamor. In sluamor, we are developing a new platform for businesses that want to find business growth and revenue generating opportunities. We are currently […]

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Keystone Column 64 – Procurement risk

Keystone Column 64 – Procurement risk

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at procurement risk – both specific cases and wider trends. Its not all doom and gloom however: we also look at EU funding opportunities for innovative SMEs. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. Business stories Nuclear waste The Belfast […]

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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 63 – Collaborative Procurement

Keystone Column 63 – Collaborative Procurement

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at collaborative procurement stories in the news to see what happens when it works well … and when it doesn’t. We look at an Irish start-up going global with a set of tools to help business owners make smarter decisions. We conclude with our weekly list of […]

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