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Donnacha Phelan

Sustainable growthBid Management

Growth – Building your business strategically

Starting and growing a business is a journey that comes with its challenges. While initiating a business is relatively simple, the real challenge lies in attracting customers, generating profits, and achieving sustainable growth. True success for entrepreneurs comes from building a foundation that can support the growth of their companies…
Donnacha Phelan
16th August 2023
IT systems specification and selectionProcurement Sourcing

Specification and Selection of IT Systems

Enterprise level IT systems require money and time to deliver. They can also impact how employees do their job. So how can you go about procuring the right IT system? We think a structured approach is best. The first step is system specification and selection. Specification and Selection This is our approach for IT…
Donnacha Phelan
14th February 2019
Use tender portals to achieve growth through public procurementBid Management

Tender Portals: Find Irish, UK & EU tenders

Public contracts are a great way of achieving growth for a business. If you want to win more public work, then writing great tenders is key. But just as important is knowing where to find requests for tenders! That is where tender portals, or tenders sites, come in. Public sector…
Donnacha Phelan
11th February 2019
Small businesses can win local public contracts if they know how the system works.Bid Management

Small businesses: How to win public contracts

Its not always easy to win local public contracts. Many small businesses are missing out on the chance to win public sector work in their local communities. I wrote an article for LaoisToday about the great opportunities to win public work in my home county of Laois for those who get to…
Donnacha Phelan
23rd March 2018
The team behind Sluamor Consortiums and Sluamor.comBusiness Growth

Growth through Sluamor Consortiums!

Sluamor Consortiums is a project of ours that we are very excited about. This is because we believe that SMEs can expand and compete through consortiums and networks. It makes sense for businesses, especially small businesses, in so many ways. As a result we built the online platform, which we launched at the…
Donnacha Phelan
6th November 2017
Keystone Column 89 – Data Protection & GDPRPublic Procurement

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…
Donnacha Phelan
22nd September 2017
Keystone Column 87: Disruption from Natural DisastersPublic Procurement

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…
Donnacha Phelan
3rd September 2017
Public Procurement

Keystone Column 82 – When not to bid

Welcome to the Keystone Column. This week we look at how to deal with losing bids in a procurement process, and as usual this week's free weekly list of Irish government tenders is included in out e-Tenders report. Dealing with losing bids It can be hard to accept the submission of losing…
Donnacha Phelan
4th August 2017