Generating revenue is a constant preoccupation for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). For those that have a sales strategy, keeping a pipeline filled with qualified leads that are likely to close is an uphill battle. Yet, every year, the vast majority of SMBs are ignoring over 100,000 contracting opportunities that could help to revolutionise their bottom lines.
At the weekend, the Independent published a story about HSE recruitment: HSE facing huge EU fines over tender delays
Government awards nearly a quarter of all public contracts to mid-market businesses. These tenders represent an exceptional opportunity for companies of all sizes to build new revenue streams. The sentiment towards small and medium business and increasing participation in public sector tendering hasn’t been this high in years, but for companies who want to get involved, where do you start?
The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has come under scrutiny and has “serious questions to answer” according to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, over his meeting last December with Labour TD Brendan Ryan and Task Community Care, a company that was the successful bidder in a state tender.
The Legal Services Regulation Bill was introduced in October 2011 by Alan Shatter, a draft which has received objections from the Bar Council & Law Society, but is now likely to finally be enacted by Christmas.
I’ve arrived at Dreamforce 15 in San Francisco for a week of innovation, fun, giving back and learning about the latest trends in sales and marketing automation. As I walk around, I’m struck by the number of firms with really cool technologies that turn customer engagement into real sales. One thing that’s noticeably absent (although it’s a big conference, I may not have found it yet) are solutions that specifically address competitive selling – where the buyer isn’t looking to engage with you and, worse, is forcing you to sell through a process with a proposal at the end!
A challenge for buyers running a public procurement process is to accurately estimate the required budget for whatever is being procured. Estimating the cost of goods is one thing; estimating that of services and technologies (especially emerging or innovative technologies) is another matter altogether.
Last night's Prime Time (RTÉ One) investigation into corruption in hospital procurement is another blow to public perception of the procurement process and has the potential to undo much of the good work that has recently been done by the government to restore confidence in the system.
The TenderScout State of Irish Public Sector Procurement Report is based on findings from our own survey, carried out in conjunction with Amarach Research.
With public sector contracts representing 12% of the Irish economy, public procurement impacts more than 185,000 businesses and is the cornerstone of a sustainable economic recovery. This report is based on the findings of the TenderScout Survey, which gives voice to those most impacted by public procurement changes – Irish businesses.