Keystone Column 55 – Transparency and Government

Keystone Column 55 – Transparency and Government

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at Transparency International’s latest report on global corruption perceptions and lessons for Irish companies looking to new markets may be able to draw from it. We also look at Western Australia’s innovative approach to developing its online tendering portal and how the city of Cincinnati has become […]

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Explaining what social value in procurement means

Explaining what social value in procurement means

Social value in procurement: a complex concept founded in good intentions Recently, the Irish book industry expressed dismay at the outcome of a national public tender on the supply of library books, saying it poses “a real threat” to Irish booksellers and suppliers. Bookselling Ireland and Words Ireland claim 60 per cent of the €6 million annual contract was awarded last month to […]

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Keystone Column 54 – Social value and procurement

Keystone Column 54 – Social value and procurement

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at social value and procurement: we look at the wider impact procurement decisions can have. We also learn where Ireland ranks amongst the world’s innovators. As usual we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders. Business Stories  The Worlds most innovative economies – how […]

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Keystone Column 53 – Large contract growth

Keystone Column 53 – Large contract growth

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we see at how large contract growth can transform SMEs, consider the benefits of SMEs for graduates choosing a career and look at a remarkable story on how an investment in renewable energy can transform a community. As usual we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public […]

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Keystone Column 52 – Win public contracts

Keystone Column 52 – Win public contracts

Welcome to the first column of 2017. This week we look at tendering workshops taking place in Ireland in 2017 to help SMEs win public contracts, trouble with tenders in Mayo and some interesting trends appearing in the US. As usual we conclude with our weekly list of current Irish public tenders.   Business Stories  Learn how to […]

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Keystone Column 51 – Procurement and government

Keystone Column 51 – Procurement and government

Welcome to the last edition of the Keystone Column for 2016.  This week we look at procurement and government: first the chain of events that has led to Deloitte volunteering to blacklist itself from UK government procurement.  Nest we also look at how the Irish and UK governments have fared in meeting their procurement savings targets. As […]

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Keystone Column 50 – Disruptive innovation

Keystone Column 50 – Disruptive innovation

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. As we approach the Christmas gift-giving season, we are reminded that gift-giving is not always welcome in procurement and we look at high-tech ways of dealing with corruption.  This week we also look at […]

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Keystone Column 49 – open contracting

Keystone Column 49 – open contracting

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’s focus is on the merits of open contracting: publishing in detail the outcomes of procurement competitions. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below. Business […]

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Keystone Column 48 – the rise of protectionism

Keystone Column 48 – the rise of protectionism

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’s focus is on the return of protectionism. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below.   Business Stories The return of protectionism? […]

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Keystone Column 47 – collaborative bidding

Keystone Column 47 – collaborative bidding

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’s focus is on collaborative bidding. Our weekly list of open tenders in the Irish public sector is also included below. Business Stories Iceland versus Iceland Anyone who has tried to obtain a […]

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