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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Winning tender opportunities with International Funding Institutions

Winning tender opportunities with International Funding Institutions

We work with businesses to help them identify tender opportunities afforded by government contracts. Questions that can arise include: Our business is too small or too new? We suggest that they consider joining or setting-up a consortium. We lack confidence in the process? We ask them how much time have they spent learning how to win tender opportunities. We have […]

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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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Dealing with a losing bid – part 1

Dealing with a losing bid – part 1

It can be hard to accept the submission of losing bids in a procurement process. Independent estimates state that the opportunity cost of submitting a typical bid can be between €2,500 and €5,000 depending on the size and value of the contract. It is easy to see why companies can feel aggrieved when they find out […]

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Key indicators of an ethical procurement model

Key indicators of an ethical procurement model

When we work with companies, we are often told personal stories of experiences that they have had with public sector procurement processes. Assuming these stories are true (and their profit & loss accounts can often corroborate this), some suppliers in Ireland believe that domineering behaviour, unethical negotiating tactics and material post-tender negotiation is widespread. Some […]

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Commercial strategy and the one-page proposal

Commercial strategy and the one-page proposal

Every business needs to be able to do a one-page proposal. Any business seeking funding from private investors definitely needs to be able to develop a one-page proposal. When talking with people in industry, they often cling to their infographics and market research like comfort blankets. They often feel the need to demonstrate their journey […]

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