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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The Keystone Column no. 12 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column no. 12 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of growing companies.   Business stories Enterprise Ireland published a very useful (updated) guide to exporting overseas this week. Businesses interested in overseas expansion could build a compelling exporting plan using this document whilst paying attention […]

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The Keystone Column no. 11 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column no. 11 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of growing companies.   Business stories Donald Trump winning the US presidency is considered one of the top 10 risks facing the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. The research firm warns he could disrupt the global […]

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The Keystone Column no. 10 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column no. 10 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of growing companies.   Business stories This article on outsourcing (or use of third-party suppliers) really brings the whole concept of outsourcing back to its most basic principles. It is a great reminder that nobody can […]

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The Keystone Column No. 9 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column No. 9 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive business growth and innovation for ambitious companies.   Business stories Procurement scandals: There are two ongoing scandals with public procurement angles that we are keeping an eye on. There is something about bridges from Alaska to Padma and beyond – […]

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The Keystone Column No.8 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column No.8 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive business growth and innovation for ambitious companies. Business stories Digital economy: Ireland lags behind other EU member states As the Irish general election reaches its conclusion, its safe to say that the future direction of the Irish digital […]

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The Keystone Column No.7 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column No.7 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive business growth and innovation for ambitious companies.   Business stories Conflict of interest management The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom highlighted issues relating to conflicts of interest management in the NHS. They allege that senior figures overseeing the […]

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The Keystone Column No.6 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

The Keystone Column No.6 – Commercial Trends and Opportunities

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive business growth and innovation for ambitious companies.   Business stories Changes to how Twitter prioritises content Earlier this week Twitter confirmed that it will introduce a new timeline feature that places the ‘best’ tweets from the people users follow […]

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The 2014 EU Procurement Directives: changes to public procurement

The 2014 EU Procurement Directives: changes to public procurement

Keystone Procurement has analysed and summarised the 2014 EU Procurement Directives changes from a SME perspective. The new directives contain a number of new rules that if transposed correctly, present significant commercial opportunities for SMEs. On the private sector side of the relationship, the 2014 EU Procurement Directives contain some positive amendments. Bureaucracy has been lightened and access […]

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Procurement Competition types

Procurement Competition types

Procurement competition types cause confusion for many businesses. Recent conversations that I have had with business owners and public figures interested in supporting small businesses and helping them grow highlighted a number of issues for me. The issues are: The degree to which procurement competition types are understood; The degree to which competition criteria are […]

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