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 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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Trade, business growth and survival of the fittest

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 […]

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Consortiums and business growth on IFI projects – feature article in Sunday Times 02 April 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 […]

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International Development Opportunities – Why Irish SMEs should start bidding

International Development Opportunities – Why Irish SMEs should start bidding

We were delighted to be invited onto the Sunday Business Show on TodayFM to outline the opportunities for growth through international development projects. There is a limit to what can be conveyed in a relatively brief slot on radio so here are some additional substantive reasons why this is too good an opportunity to miss out […]

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Keystone Column 63 – Collaborative Procurement

Keystone Column 63 – Collaborative Procurement

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at collaborative procurement stories in the news to see what happens when it works well … and when it doesn’t. We look at an Irish start-up going global with a set of tools to help business owners make smarter decisions. We conclude with our weekly list of […]

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Keystone Column 62 – The Role of the Buyer

Keystone Column 62 – The Role of the Buyer

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at the role of the buyer from a couple of angles. First, we at a case in Mayo that is still in the news, we outline our guide to the contest types buyer’s run (and why they use them), we explore the latest startling revelations on […]

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Game Theory and Pricing

Game Theory and Pricing

Using game theory to win There are often applications for game theory in the winning of work with customers. We have looked at a number of different strategies for price dominated market contests and believe that the application of game theory really falls into two categories depending on whether the business is new or established. […]

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Keystone Column 61 – Competitiveness and the State

Keystone Column 61 – Competitiveness and the State

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at the importance of competitiveness from a number of perspectives. First we look at the threats to Irish agribusiness from Brexit, then we look at real competitiveness issues in two commercial semi-state companies. Finally, we look at an emerging trend for barring unethical companies from procurement in […]

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Keystone Column 60 – When Brexit Britain Goes Bad

Keystone Column 60 – When Brexit Britain Goes Bad

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at the darker side of Brexit Britain which is emerging from two perspectives – preferential rules (with a hint of 1984) and the disappearance of the humble lettuce (and who’s really to blame for it).  We feature an energy efficiency company and and we conclude with our […]

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