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 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 […]
    Donnacha Phelan - September 22, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - September 14, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Donnacha Phelan - September 3, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - August 30, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - August 23, 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