Finding and retaining commercial suppliers that meet your ongoing business needs can be time-consuming and frustrating. Whatever the size of your company and however simple or complex your market is, ensuring you have high-quality and reliable suppliers is critical to your success.
While a good supplier can add real value in terms of supporting your business ambitions, a rogue outfit can undo all your hard work in a very short time. As well as considering the elements mentioned here, it is always worth contacting local Gloucester business advisory services which can provide additional support.
Review your business plan and work out:
What types of suppliers do you need? Are you looking for manufacturing suppliers or do you need help with importing, distribution, marketing, or finance?
How often and how much do you need to procure? Perhaps you have the storage capability and cash flow to secure better deals on high volume?
What payment terms will suit your cash flow? Maybe ongoing credit or flexible payments would be useful?
How do I choose?
The process of choosing suppliers for your business is not very different to making purchases or securing trades in your personal life. Most people want good quality and reliable businesses that can be trusted to meet their needs, within their budget.
To create your shortlist of potential suppliers, use a variety of sources including your business and personal networks, trade bodies and other relevant recommendations. Also consider asking for help from specialist advice services, such as those provided by
https://www.randall-payne.co.uk/services/business-advisory. More ideas and tips aimed specifically at small businesses are available here:.
Once you have done your research, draw up a list of key questions to put to potential suppliers.
When asking suppliers to provide you with quotes and business terms, don’t be afraid to negotiate based on your needs and your buying power.
Make sure that you consider Brexit implications when applicable and ask potential suppliers how this impacts them.
Ask suppliers for testimonials and examples that are relevant to you and your business.