Keystone Column 33 – Purchasing strategy

Keystone Column 33 – Purchasing strategy

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, inspired by Dundalk’s valiant efforts in the Champion’s League, we look at purchasing strategy through the lens of soccer. We also see how canny purchasing decisions regarding IT infrastructure allowed one Irish startup to embark […]

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Keystone Column 32 – Innovative solutions

Keystone Column 32 – Innovative solutions

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at the how innovative solutions can unlock massive potential for local communities and the Irish software industry. Business stories – Work local, reach global This month saw the opening of the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, […]

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Keystone Column 31 – Procurement tools

Keystone Column 31 – Procurement tools

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at procurement tools – both in terms of the procurement tools businesses use to manage their own procurement activities, and the use of procurement as a tool not only for analysing […]

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Keystone Column 30 – Digital landscape

Keystone Column 30 – Digital landscape

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at stories that illustrate how the future digital landscape will look and conclude with our weekly listing of procurement opportunities. Business stories Losing ARM  Almost two weeks after UK technology firm ARM Holdings  announced […]

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Keystone Column 29 – Procurement framework

Keystone Column 29 – Procurement framework

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at the opportunities arising from joining a procurement framework – we discuss two: the Irish housing plan and the United Nations procurement activities (a framework for business improvement and the latest […]

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Keystone Column 28 – Evolving procurement requirements

Keystone Column 28 – Evolving procurement requirements

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at the rapidly evolving procurement requirements following the transposition into Irish law of the 2014 EU Procurement Directives. Business stories Procuring public housing  A draft copy of the Irish Government’s Housing […]

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Keystone Column 27 – Change as a Strategy

Keystone Column 27 – Change as a Strategy

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at change as a strategy for business. There are value loans on offer via Microfinance Ireland which are a change from traditional retail bank offers. InterTradeIreland’s advice on Brexit and opportunities to grow through […]

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Keystone Column 26 – Post-Brexit Consequences

Keystone Column 26 – Post-Brexit Consequences

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at what Brexit means for the EU’s procurement rules for companies selling into Northern Ireland or other parts of the UK, a small works database issuing contracts to the construction sector, […]

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Keystone Column 25 – The collaborative economy

Keystone Column 25 – The collaborative economy

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at the growth of the collaborative economy and explore the procurement risks highlighted by the UEFA European Championships. Also an important OGP announcement on Irish public procurement frameworks and our weekly […]

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Dealing with a losing bid – part 3

Dealing with a losing bid – part 3

In previous posts we have dealt with scenarios where companies have submitted a deficient or defective losing bid and with scenarios where they submitted a good bid and were hoping to be successful. In this posting, we will outline three options for companies seeking to take specific action following a contract award process. We will […]

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