Keystone Column 89 – Data Protection & GDPR

Keystone Column 89 – Data Protection & GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force across the EU on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework.  It emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy. With it will come […]

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Keystone Column 88 – smart bidding is a growth hack

Keystone Column 88 – smart bidding is a growth hack

This week we focus on an Irish technology company called Tenderscout. Tenderscout has developed technology that enables businesses focused on public sector work and growth through public contracts to maximise their chances of winning the work. They contest that their platform is a way to scale through significant but manageable organic growth. A growth hack […]

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Keystone Column 87: Disruption from Natural Disasters

Keystone Column 87: Disruption from Natural Disasters

Welcome to this week’s column. This week, disruption from natural disasters – managing the risks to supply chains. We’re witnessing the massive damage caused to communities and businesses in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey and the deluge of wind and water it brought, while here in Ireland the Innisowen peninsula continues its clean-up after a freak rain […]

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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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Keystone Column 83 – What are your options when you lose?

Keystone Column 83 – What are your options when you lose?

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week, we look at the options for suppliers that want to “do something” after losing in a tender process.  As usual this week’s free weekly list of Irish government tenders is included in out e-Tenders report. *** This post from April 2016 is the second in a series of three posts […]

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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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