Keystone Column 93 – Getting Value for Money from Suppliers

Keystone Column 93 – Getting Value for Money from Suppliers

This week we look at Supplier Relationship Management and why it is used by buyers. It is useful for buyers and suppliers to acquaint themselves with the core principles from time to time. We frequently find ourselves talking with suppliers new to the process who find it difficult to cope with. The bigger the contract, […]

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Keystone Column 92 – Green Public Procurement in Ireland

Keystone Column 92 – Green Public Procurement in Ireland

Keystone Procurement had the opportunity to attend Green Public Procurement for Growth (GPP4) this week. It is an inter-reg programme being run by the Department of Communications, Climate Change and the Environment to increase the prominence of green procurement in Ireland. It was a very worthwhile event and was extremely well organised and run by […]

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Keystone Column 91 – Risky Procurement Strategy: National Broadband Plan

Keystone Column 91 – Risky Procurement Strategy: National Broadband Plan

Last week open-access broadband provider SIRO announced its withdrawal from the Government’s National Broadband Plan tender process. SIRO, which is a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone, said it “cannot develop a competitive business case to justify continued participation” in the tender process. With just two bidders remaining, this raises concerns about whether tax payers will […]

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Keystone Column 90 – Small Firms Can Win Big Legal Tenders

Keystone Column 90 – Small Firms Can Win Big Legal Tenders

This week, we focus on the legal services sector and how some small legal firms are competing effectively and successfully against the large law firms to win legal tenders. There is no single path to doing so. One route involves differentiation but this can present risks and be a pro-cyclical strategy for firms that over […]

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Keystone Column 89 – Data Protection & GDPR

Keystone Column 89 – Data Protection & GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force across the EU on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework.  It emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy. With it will come […]

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Keystone Column 88 – smart bidding is a growth hack

Keystone Column 88 – smart bidding is a growth hack

This week we focus on an Irish technology company called Tenderscout. Tenderscout has developed technology that enables businesses focused on public sector work and growth through public contracts to maximise their chances of winning the work. They contest that their platform is a way to scale through significant but manageable organic growth. A growth hack […]

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Keystone Column 87: Disruption from Natural Disasters

Keystone Column 87: Disruption from Natural Disasters

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, disruption from natural disasters – managing the risks to supply chains. We’re witnessing the massive damage caused to communities and businesses in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey and the deluge of wind and water it brought, while here in Ireland the Innisowen peninsula continues its clean-up after a freak rain […]

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Keystone Column 86: The Future of Procurement

Keystone Column 86: The Future of Procurement

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, we focus on a report issued by KPMG on the future of procurement. We conclude with links to the key sources of contract notices for Ireland and international markets. New paper on the future of procurement” Global Advisory Firm KPMG has published interesting research in relation to the future of […]

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Keystone Column 85 – Contract management & procurement trends

Keystone Column 85 – Contract management & procurement trends

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, we highlight some global trends and stories in the procurement space from Ireland and around the world. Our theme this week is contract management and aspects related to this area. We conclude with links to the key sources of contract notices in Ireland and internationally.   The closure […]

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Keystone Column 84 – Challenging a decision – the pros and cons

Keystone Column 84 – Challenging a decision – the pros and cons

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at specific actions a company can take should they lose a bid. We also have an update on the Keystone tenders report. This post was originally published in June 2016 and concludes this series of three blogs on how to deal with losing bids. *** In […]

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