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Green Public Procurement

 

Green Public Procurement is a practice which is becoming more commonplace with central Government encouraging Local Authorities to apply GPP to tenders. This can provide an opportunity for businesses to showcase a competitive advantage. Chambers Ireland have prepared a factsheet on GPP which can be downloaded at the link below.

 

 Green Public Procurement Factsheet

 
Public Procurement Best Practice Guide

 

Public-Procurement-Best-Practice-GuideA best practice guide designed to address the issues which inhibit SME procurement from the public sector will be launched by Minister Brian Hayes at an event in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. In Ireland and the UK alone, the public sector procures about €190 billion in goods and services every year. But although SME’s account for 99% of total companies, they deliver less than half of the requirements of contracting authorities.

 

Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber Chief Executive said, “Research has shown that, given the right conditions and assistance, SMEs can become more effective in winning and retaining supply contracts to Government and other authorities. This is a ‘win win’ for all; SMEs are the backbone of our economy and the primary generation source of employment and business taxes. When successful and facilitated, SMEs also have the potential to grow into large companies with an international reach”.

 

Minister of State Brian Hayes says “It is  essential that we do everything in our power to remove barriers preventing SMEs from competing in the public service marketplace. This is an area that I have been personally involved with at both national and EU level but more progress is needed.”

 

The best practice guide, which was developed by the Enterprise Europe Network at Dublin Chamber, is based on the findings and research unearthed through a series of targeted learning and networking workshops organised as part of the “Are tenders on your radar?” project. The aim of this EU-funded project was to improve SMEs access to public procurement, by bridging the gap between business and public buyers in both the UK and Ireland.

 

Ms Quin concluded, “SMEs can use the structures of the European Union and the Single Market to support tendering beyond the domestic and, across borders. The European Union is just that, a Union, a Single Market, and the promotion of cross border trade is one of the key aims of that Single Market. Promoting ‘Best Practice’ in SME participation in public contracts is pivotal to achieving this objective.”

 

Public Procurement Best Practice Guide

 
Waterford Venue Guide

 

A new guide has been produced by Waterford City Council showing available venues for conferences, meetings and outdoor events in and around the City. Click the image below to download the Meet in Waterford venue guide.

 

Meet-in-Waterford

 
Retail Security Guides

 

An Garda Síochána has published a range of materials to assist retailers in the fight against theft and fraud. This issue tends to be particularly important during the festive season. The PDF documents are available here:

 

Garda National Crime Prevention Unit Retail Security Guide

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation - Public Advice for Christmas Period

Irish Banking Federation Guide Fraud Prevention

 
Smarter Business Guides

 

Chambers Ireland have produced a series of Smarter Business Guides, which provide small business owners practical advice and tips which will help them make informed business decisions. In recent surveys with Chamber members, Chambers Ireland have helped to identify the issues that cause most strain for the busy owner manager/director, these guides aim to provide real and tangible solutions to these common business problems.

 

We have partnered with some of the key market movers in each sector to produce these guides. The guides were edited by John Costello, a leading national newspaper journalist who previously edited the Irish Independent's small business magazine. Using John's expertise Chamber's Ireland have managed to deliver high quality, independent content in a user friendly way.

 

Click on the links below to view the guides in PDF format.

 

Bright Ideas - Guide to Energy Efficiency

Communications Guide

Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs

EU Funding For Innovation

European Investment Bank

Finance Guide

Health & Safety Guide

Pensions and Life Guide

The Sustainability Factor - Corporate Social Responsibility and SMEs

Technology Guide

 
Goodbody Report

 

In 2005 Waterford Chamber commissioned Goodbody Economic Consultants to prepare a report on the Economic Impact of a University of the South East. The report, which recommends that the Waterford Institute of Technology be given full university status, has found the move would generate €96.7 million euro annually for the economy of the South East.

 

Goodbody Report (1.0 MB)

Executive Summary (135 KB)

 

In March 2007, Goodbody Economic Consultants prepared an updated version of the 2005 report, based on new relevant data published by the CSO. This shows that the economic position of the South East has continued to deteriorate, with the Region now having the lowest per capita income in the State. These trends are disturbing and serve to reinforce the arguments made in the report regarding the pressing need for a University of the South East. Click on the link below to view this updated report.

 

Goodbody Report Update - March 2007 (32 KB)

 


 

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