Tenders not so tender
Thread poster: Mervyn Henderson

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Dec 1, 2009

I feel sure that, before we grew out of it, many of us have at some point spent long hours getting all our qualifications together (now, where did I put that certificate?), provided the details of our customers (enabling them to be contacted for more imaginative and treacherous purposes than mere confirmation of our credentials) and/or produced laudatory letters on our labours (thereby annoying our customers, wasting their time, and opening their eyes to the fact that future unavailability on our part may well be due to their excellent references for others) and, in general, complied with a long long list of requisites because somebody is bidding on an enormous tender and needs our "assistance".

Oh yes, and do tell us how much you charge, they say, at the very end of this long long list.

Here's a good idea - why not do it the other way round? Ask how much we charge first, and if that's OK then we can all start looking around in dusty boxes for documents to prove our existence.


[Edited at 2009-12-01 11:02 GMT]

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