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 96 – Brexit: the state of play
    This week, we are focusing on the state of play in Brexit. Below, we provide a guide to the various scenarios it potentially presents for Irish business. Brexit in context – the state of play Some interesting contextual matters floating around in advance of the next leaders summit in Brussels in December from an Irish […]
    Ross McCarthy - November 10, 2017
  • Keystone Column 95 – Growth through Sluamor Consortiums!
    This week on the Keystone Column we would like to talk about a project of ours that we’re very excited about. We believe that SMEs can expand and compete through cooperative engagements like business consortiums and networks. It makes sense for businesses, particularly micro-businesses and small businesses in so many ways. That is why we developed the online platform sluamor, […]
    Donnacha Phelan - November 6, 2017
  • Keystone Column 94 – Rights in procurement law
    Proposed changes to procurement system in Ireland There are two bills currently before the lower house in Ireland at present. One of these bills has been developed by Fianna Fáil Deputy Frank O’Rourke. The second bill is one developed by the party now known as Solidarity. We will look at each in turn, their aims […]
    Ross McCarthy - October 27, 2017
  • 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, […]
    Ross McCarthy - October 19, 2017
  • 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 […]
    Ross McCarthy - October 12, 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