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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Keystone Column 44 – Localising supply chains

Keystone Column 44 – Localising supply chains

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 news is again dominated by Brexit and its impact across the Irish border, prompting us to consider the merits of localising supply chains. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish […]

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Keystone Column 43 – Incrementalism versus innovation

Keystone Column 43 – Incrementalism versus innovation

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 Halloween week some troubling stories have arisen, the implications of which are deeply concerning. We also focus on the importance of incrementalism in company and societal development. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish […]

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Keystone Column 42 – Whole life costing

Keystone Column 42 – Whole life costing

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 ahead with some macro-economic predictions and consider the importance of whole life costing. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below.   Business Stories […]

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Keystone Column 41 – Innovation and procurement

Keystone Column 41 – Innovation and 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 catch up with more Brexit procurement developments and we look at innovation and procurement. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below. Business stories Brexit and […]

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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 40 – Innovation

Keystone Column 40 – Innovation

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 catch up with procurement news from around the globe and we look at the innovation associated with increasing automation. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also […]

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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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Keystone Column 38 – Supporting start-ups

Keystone Column 38 – Supporting start-ups

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 government is supporting start-ups, and how businesses can gain a competitive edge when quoting. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below. […]

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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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