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 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
  • Keystone Column 75 – Risk Averse Buyers
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week how to sell to risk averse buyers i.e most public buyers. More evidence of increasing costs in Ireland. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. Business news Increasing costs The Irish Times has details of a new Eurostat survey that suggests Ireland is second […]
    Donnacha Phelan - June 15, 2017
  • Keystone Column 74 – Politics of procurement
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week some updates about procurement regulations and a look at the politics of procurement: what the parties proposed for procurement in this week’s UK general election and what it means for Irish polictics.  Plus a SMART business in Clare. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public […]
    Donnacha Phelan - June 8, 2017
  • Keystone Column 73 – Procurement Best Practice
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week more news stories about breaches in procurement rules and the consquences of not following procurement best practice.  All is not lost however: InterTradeIreland shows how small businesses can follow procurement best practice. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. Business news Putting […]
    Donnacha Phelan - June 2, 2017
  • Keystone Column 72 – Tackling Fraud
    Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week: we take a broad perspective on allegations of fraud in Cavan County Council, the Garda Training College and examine how one FinTech firm is looking to tackle the risk of fraud in the development aid sector.  We also look at calls for greater freedom in procurement rules and what […]
    Ross McCarthy - May 25, 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

  • 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
  • Introducing Sluamor – One Place. Limitless Possibilities
    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 are introducing sluamor. In sluamor, we are developing a new platform for businesses that want to find business growth and revenue generating opportunities. We are currently […]
    Donnacha Phelan - April 2, 2017