Suppliers and purchasing

At Douglas Fairless Partnership Ltd we can provide start-up businesses in the Liverpool area with help and advice. Here are some basic considerations regarding suppliers and purchasing.

When it comes to building a market and servicing it, you and your suppliers are on the same side, so you should consider trying to build a relationship with them that reflects that.

Sit down with them as 'partners' and try to work out an arrangement that benefits both parties.

Try to identify:

  • Products you can order in larger volumes in exchange for volume discounts
  • Orders you can discontinue because you can buy more cheaply elsewhere
  • Ways to revise delivery schedules to reduce your stock keeping costs
  • Opportunities to share marketing or promotional costs
  • Ways you can exchange information to improve efficiency at both ends

In a period of economic difficulty or uncertainty, remember that suppliers might raise their prices, so try to negotiate a long-term discount with them.

You could also consider putting all major costs out to tender on a regular basis.

If you are starting a business in the Liverpool area and would like help and advice, contact Douglas Fairless Partnership Ltd.

Home | Contact us | Attribution | Accessibility | Disclaimer | Help | Site map |

© 2021 Douglas Fairless Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved.
Registration No. 03852275. Registered Office: Douglas Fairless Partnership Ltd, Seymour Chambers, 92 London Road, Liverpool L3 5NW

Registered as Auditors in the United Kingdom by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Registered with the Chartered Institute of Taxation as a firm of Chartered Tax Advisers.

We use cookies on this website, you can find more information about cookies here.