Dealing with a losing bid – part 1

Dealing with a losing bid – part 1

It can be hard to accept the submission of losing bids in a procurement process. Independent estimates state that the opportunity cost of submitting a typical bid can be between €2,500 and €5,000 depending on the size and value of the contract. It is easy to see why companies can feel aggrieved when they find out […]

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Commercial strategy and the one-page proposal

Commercial strategy and the one-page proposal

Every business needs to be able to do a one-page proposal. Any business seeking funding from private investors definitely needs to be able to develop a one-page proposal. When talking with people in industry, they often cling to their infographics and market research like comfort blankets. They often feel the need to demonstrate their journey […]

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Planning for business growth in 2016

Planning for business growth in 2016

Many businesses are working their way through their plans for 2016 at the moment. From working with businesses and organisations of varying sizes over the past 18 months, we have distilled the main options for most businesses down to seven growth strategies (this is directed at SMEs and micro businesses – aspects apply to larger companies […]

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Commercial Strategy: designing the business for success

Commercial Strategy: designing the business for success

A debate has been rumbling along over the past number of years in relation to the usefulness of business plans. This is primarily being driven by the views of young start-ups in the technology sector. Many of these budding entrepreneurs state that business planning has become useless as the plans are out of date almost as soon as they […]

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Project management – from drain to gain

Project management – from drain to gain

We often help businesses with their project management and project governance. As professionals in project management, reviewing the approach adopted to achieving goals (no project plans, no risk management, no issues log, no clear objectives) presents challenges. The key challenge is to help the business retain its enthusiasm for the project while adopting more robust project […]

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Procurement success: winning tenders

Procurement success: winning tenders

From working with businesses, we are aware of the frustration many business owners feel with public tenders and their lack of procurement success. In general, our view is that procurement success should always form part of a company’s commercial strategy. It is futile to be excessively fatalistic about tomorrow’s chances based on yesterday’s experiences. While a […]

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Supplier relationship management

Supplier relationship management

Supplier relationship management refers to the formal and informal means by which businesses manage their suppliers. The suppliers each business deals with support the buying organisation in some kind of way that helps them to succeed. Notwithstanding this, not all suppliers are equally important. Businesses need to consider how tactically aware they are in the management […]

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