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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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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InterTradeIreland Supplier Engagement – helping SMEs win public work

InterTradeIreland Supplier Engagement – helping SMEs win public work

InterTradeIreland has announced a series of supplier engagement events to support SMEs seeking to win more public work. Water Industry Frameworks – Supplier Engagement Together with Irish Water, InterTradeIreland will host a series of FREE briefings to inform suppliers of Irish Water’s plans to establish a Framework for Repairs and Maintenance in 2017. These briefings are […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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