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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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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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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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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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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Procurement system specification and selection

Procurement system specification and selection

There are a lot of procurement systems on the market.  Below we look at some options and to help businesses make the right decision, we outline our approach to procurement system specification and selection. Procurement systems Traditionally procurement software systems have been designed for larger organisations (think of products such as Oracle, SAP etc.). Benefits from using […]

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Dealing with a losing bid – part 3

Dealing with a losing bid – part 3

In previous posts we have dealt with scenarios where companies have submitted a deficient or defective losing bid and with scenarios where they submitted a good bid and were hoping to be successful. In this posting, we will outline three options for companies seeking to take specific action following a contract award process. We will […]

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Building a consortium: together you can be more

Building a consortium: together you can be more

Owner/Manager businesses often tell us that they feel they are being excluded from public procurement contests. We have written elsewhere about how companies can improve their bid management capabilities (through the development of a better strategy, by seeking bid management support or by obtaining training on writing bids). Increasingly, the consortium is becoming a further, potential […]

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Dealing with a losing bid – part 2

Dealing with a losing bid – part 2

This post is the second in a series of three posts dealing with common scenarios losing bidders find themselves in. In this scenario, we are going to assume: the bid was strong but still lost to a competitor; and/or the company was expecting win and did not do so.   Being beaten by apparently small […]

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