The Keystone Column

For all the latest news, insights and tenders check out the Keystone Column, our regular newsletter.

Each issue has four sections to it. Business stories that are of interest, market trends, an innovators section and finally, a summary of the new tenders that have come to market in Ireland.

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Recent Keystone Column issues

  • Keystone Column no 80 – Exports to Canada: federal level opportunities
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we take a closer look at the Canadian market and the potential opportunities for Irish companies. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. In this issue we are featuring our first ever guest blog from Joe O’Regan, an Irish business consultant, accountant and […]
    Ross McCarthy - July 20, 2017
  • Keystone Column no 79 – Environmental, Social and Labour Law Standards in Ireland
    This week’s column we look at new trends. The OGP has published new guidelines for suppliers to the State. Here we focus on the first formal definition of the minimum environmental, social and labour law standards for suppliers to the State. There are some industries that are perceived as higher risk than others. We outline […]
    Ross McCarthy - July 13, 2017
  • Keystone Column no 78 – growing business through global trade
    We have changed to doing a monthly digest on procurement news stories from Ireland and around the world. This provides a better opportunity to follow the big trends whilst also covering some big cases as they arise. This week we look at possible changes to the UK system, an expansion of the WTO’s government procurement […]
    Ross McCarthy - July 6, 2017
  • Keystone Column 77 – CETA and procurement
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we celebrate Canada Day by looking at CETA and procurement – the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada brings some interesting procurement opportunities. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. CETA and Procurement We make no secret of the fact that […]
    Donnacha Phelan - June 29, 2017
  • Keystone Column 76 – Public expenditure data
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at just how compliant  local authorities are with government regulations on publishing procurement expenditure – and why this matters for Irish businesses. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   Publishing public expenditure data in Ireland The Department of Public Expenditure and […]
    Donnacha Phelan - June 22, 2017

The Keystone Blog

We share our views in the Keystone Blog. You’ll find our in depth analysis and insights on:

  • Procurement
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Bids & Tenders
  • Project Management

You can find all the latest posts to our blog here

Recent Keystone Blog posts

  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - July 7, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - June 21, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Donnacha Phelan - June 2, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - May 3, 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - April 3, 2017