Keystone Column 95 – Growth through Sluamor Consortiums!

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, […]

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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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Keystone Column 75 – Risk Averse Buyers

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 […]

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Keystone Column 74 – Politics of procurement

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 […]

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Keystone Column 73 – Procurement Best Practice

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 […]

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Keystone Column 72 – Tackling Fraud

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 […]

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Keystone Column 71 – Procurement rules

Keystone Column 71 – Procurement rules

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week: procurement rules and how they are applied! We see some cases of what happens when the rules are not followed. And what procurement rules will apply for those selling into Brexit UK? As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   Business news […]

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Keystone Column 70 – Mitigating risks

Keystone Column 70 – Mitigating risks

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at mitigating risks: how procurement teams can prepare for crises in their supply chains. We look at the Dutch state railways use of Ireland to avoid tax, and the High Court confirms unsuccessful tenderers cannot avoid the strict time limits under the Community Remedies Regime.  We also […]

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Keystone Column 69 – The Innovation Principle and Sustainability

Keystone Column 69 – The Innovation Principle and Sustainability

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at Amsterdam’s dynamic sharing economy, the innovation principle and why it should be adopted in Ireland and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   Business news Amsterdam aims to use the […]

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Keystone Column 68 – New Ideas and the Smart City

Keystone Column 68 – New Ideas and the Smart City

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at taxing questions that require new responses, trends in the world of the smart city and a global trend in tackling modern slavery hits France. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   News Stories Taxing questions This week the USA […]

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