Keystone Column no 80 – Exports to Canada: federal level opportunities

Keystone Column no 80 – Exports to Canada: federal level opportunities

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we take a closer look at the Canadian market and the potential opportunities for Irish companies. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. In this issue we are featuring our first ever guest blog from Joe O’Regan, an Irish business consultant, accountant and […]

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Keystone Column no 79 – Environmental, Social and Labour Law Standards in Ireland

Keystone Column no 79 – Environmental, Social and Labour Law Standards in Ireland

This week’s column we look at new trends. The OGP has published new guidelines for suppliers to the State. Here we focus on the first formal definition of the minimum environmental, social and labour law standards for suppliers to the State. There are some industries that are perceived as higher risk than others. We outline […]

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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 no 78 – growing business through global trade

Keystone Column no 78 – growing business through global trade

We have changed to doing a monthly digest on procurement news stories from Ireland and around the world. This provides a better opportunity to follow the big trends whilst also covering some big cases as they arise. This week we look at possible changes to the UK system, an expansion of the WTO’s government procurement […]

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Keystone Column 77 – CETA and procurement

Keystone Column 77 – CETA and procurement

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we celebrate Canada Day by looking at CETA and procurement – the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada brings some interesting procurement opportunities. As usual, we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. CETA and Procurement We make no secret of the fact that […]

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Keystone Column 76 – Public expenditure data

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 […]

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Publishing public expenditure data in Ireland

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 […]

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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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