By far the majority of businessmen and industrialists are genuinely honest in their dealings at all levels but, we do live in a capitalist market economy and it is considered every company’s duty to not only make profits but to also strive to maximize those profits. This might be fine if I am trying to sell you something and we are negotiating the price – I will shoot for the maximum and you will strive to get it down to a bare minimum.
The price at which we close the order is purely between the two of us. In addition, an element of caveat emptor (buyer beware) applies whereby it is your duty to satisfy yourself that what I am selling you has the required level of quality and is suitable for whatever it is that you wish to do with it. Various consumer protection lobbies and trades description legislation do try to enforce more openness in business and install practices that are considered fairer to both parties but, by and large, the transaction between you and I is still considered to be our own private affair.
But, What If You Represent The Government In One Form Or Another?
Should you be representing any branch of government when negotiating to buy something from me; it will not be your own money that will be used to pay for the transaction – payment will come from the tax payers’ hard earned dollars and the whole deal will be subjected to a lot more scrutiny. In fact, for most items, commodities and services that the government may need to purchase from time to time; there are a number of strict rules that must be adhered to before I will be allowed to become one of the Government Suppliers.
Register As An Accredited Government Supplier
Different branches of government may have slightly different operating procedures but the general rule is that all Government Suppliers must be recognized and approved by the government branch with which they desire to conduct business. These procedures can be quite searching in nature covering such things as:-
how long have I been in business?
how many people do I employ and what type of people are they?
what is my financial status and have I been paying all the correct taxes, etc?
what is my general trading record?
have I or my business been found guilty of any crimes?
If my answers are satisfactory, then my business can become accredited but orders will not come my way until I can demonstrate that my product(s) meet all relevant government specifications and, even then, I will still have to bid for the order in open tender against my competitors. For more information, visit.
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