Keystone Column 85 – Contract management & procurement trends

Keystone Column 85 – Contract management & procurement trends

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, we highlight some global trends and stories in the procurement space from Ireland and around the world. Our theme this week is contract management and aspects related to this area. We conclude with links to the key sources of contract notices in Ireland and internationally.   The closure […]

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Keystone Column 84 – Challenging a decision – the pros and cons

Keystone Column 84 – Challenging a decision – the pros and cons

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at specific actions a company can take should they lose a bid. We also have an update on the Keystone tenders report. This post was originally published in June 2016 and concludes this series of three blogs on how to deal with losing bids. *** In […]

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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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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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Dealing with a losing bid – part 2

Dealing with a losing bid – part 2

This post is the second in a series of three posts dealing with common scenarios losing bidders find themselves in. In this scenario, we are going to assume: the bid was strong but still lost to a competitor; and/or the company was expecting win and did not do so.   Being beaten by apparently small […]

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Can public procurement contests inspire SMEs?

Can public procurement contests inspire SMEs?

Can public procurement contests ever be a source of inspiration? This is an important question as many SMEs that I work with have given up on public procurement. It can cost up to €6,000 to bid. They also feel the drive towards national frameworks for product and service supply is cutting them out of the […]

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