Procuring a great supplier

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You might not think so but assistants deal with suppliers on a a regular basis. From hotels to stationery manufacturers, car hire companies and venues for events we are constantly procuring suppliers. It is essential that we know how to procure great suppliers and build effective relationship which benefit our organisation. Whatever it happens to be if you understand your buying power it will enable you to negotiate and it will help you attract high quality suppliers.

How to negotiate when planning an event

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We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Well to be honest there is a slight chink in my event armour; I’m not the best at negotiating. Well I didn’t, I hired a fantastic events co-ordinator to do all of the negotiating with the venue and suppliers on my behalf. Don’t let the supplier rush you into making any decisions.

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How to negotiate when planning an event?

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We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Well to be honest there is a slight chink in my event armour; I’m not the best at negotiating. Well I didn’t, I hired a fantastic events co-ordinator to do all of the negotiating with the venue and suppliers on my behalf. Don’t let the supplier rush you into making any decisions.

Eight reasons why assistants should use a travel management company

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It is quite common now to have help with travel arrangements as most companies do employ an outside supplier to book flights, hotels and car hire. The travel agency will have a profile on each of your managers and colleagues so they automatically know their preferences when it comes to travel which will mean you don’t have to repeat the same details to the airline, the hotel, the car hire company etc. CTI are one of the 15 top travel management companies in the UK.

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Why effective lead management can help small businesses grow

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Effective lead management can be a great way to increase efficiency in your business, manage leads more effectively , and help guide your business to further growth, in many ways. For example, using dedicated lead management software might give you more time to negotiate with suppliers, or focus on landing a lucrative contract or sale. Why effective lead management can help small businesses grow is a post from: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007 There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers – make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last, without warning. Firstly there is the extended payment term, of 60, 90 and 180 days – see if your supplier will allow any of those terms.

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007 There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers – make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last, without warning. Firstly there is the extended payment term, of 60, 90 and 180 days – see if your supplier will allow any of those terms.

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Getting buy in from the boss

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Be prepared to negotiate if necessary. You need to reinforce that your work is under control and manage expectations. Managers ultimately want to hear about bottom lines and how you how you successfully planned and smoothly executed your teams’ success in achieving annual targets. Like everything in business, it’s about negotiation for both funds and time. Getting buy-in IS ACHIEVABLE and I managed to successfully get the following approved: Business Cards.

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Job descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited?

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However – if we are not willing to speak up and actively list our duties how can we expect colleagues and managers to be aware of this change in office dynamics? Our jobs can be hard to quantify at times so it might be worthwhile starting off by keeping a time management log of all your duties over several days to get a full idea of your all-encompassing role. We lighten the load for executives and are vital members of any executive management team. Risk Management.

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SURROUND yourself with a team of experts to make you and your organization SHINE!

Office Dynamics

The first time I became involved in planning meetings was in my role as an office manager/prospect donor researcher in the Grants and Development Office of a state university. However, planning meetings also requires one to know and understand the hospitality industry and how it works, how to determine which venue and what destinations will work best for the types of meetings you’re asked to plan, the ins and outs of contracts and contract negotiations, budget prep and oh so much more.

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Personal And Professional Development With PRINCE2 Training

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PRINCE2 is a process-based methodology that offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management, encompassing the management, control and organisation of a project. In addition to being used as a widely-used standard for effective project management internationally, it also takes the form of an official certification for accredited project managers across a wide range of sectors.

Serviced Apartments – pros and cons

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I also met with all of the Sales Managers at the hotels local to my office and discussed their corporate rates. In addition I met with a number of serviced apartment suppliers and from the outset it was clear that the apartments were considerably cheaper than the best corporate rate I was offered at a hotel. I spent a long time managing the relationship with the serviced apartment supplier and also dealt with all of the positive and negative feedback from the consultants.

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The devil is in the detail: The importance of creating a thorough event brief

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In the UK, it’s one of a number of job functions, like Event Management itself, which is moving through a process of professionalisation, with increased recognition for the skills required and an understanding of the dedication required to be a true professional. A unique and increasingly popular feature of the Eventopedia site has been the reviews, allowing the community of registered users to share their expertise and rate their event supplier experiences.

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5 Biggest Problems Faced By Small Businesses And How To Overcome Them

Dumb Little Man

Well, it starts with managing your finances. Another good way to extend your cash flow is to negotiate with suppliers or vendors. For team communication, there are tools that allow chats with task management and collaborative office productivity components. Startups are known to have specific needs that bigger companies won’t understand. Those needs inevitably become challenges to business owners.

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Planning the Perfect Holiday Party: Guest Blog

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While you're negotiating the per-person fee, consider the average salary of the office employees. Utilize suppliers that your company has used before, or has been recommended to you by a trusted coworker or management. The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of year in the office. The big holiday party gives coworkers a chance to see another side of their office mates, it's a great bonding experience, and you get to meet everyone's significant other.

How To Make This Recession Work For Your Small Home Business.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! If the supplier knows you are ready to buy for the right price they will cut you a deal. Get better payment terms by negotiation. Promise to buy from one supplier for better payment terms, like 60 or 90 days. Getting a better price is especially easy to do right now, since suppliers are tripping over themselves to get business. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Reducing Overheads Can Save A Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Shop around : Make sure you are getting the best deals from all you suppliers- right down to your electricity, broadband and gas bills. If your business has an inventory make sure you source the best suppliers at the right price, and don’t be afraid to haggle ! In this economy, every price is negotiable. E-Mail me or follow me. What is Small Business Infrastructure?

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Top 5 Basic Advertising Tips

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WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Frank Said on March 21st, 2010 at 9:58 pm Another tip is to align your advertising activity with your public relations activity and if you can, negotiate a review of your product or editorial alongside your advertise campaign. E-Mail me or follow me. What is Small Business Infrastructure? How to be successful by focusing on your core business.

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New Small Business Startup Idea: Virtual Import/Export Assistant.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! So now I had my supplier with whom by this stage I had built up a good base for a trustworthy supplier by way of emails. I don’t think my bank manager will be too interested in my business plan at this stage as my wife and I have just taken on a mortgage recently. Get your suppliers to advertise in it! E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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Small Business Checklist: Business Process Outsourcing | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! This will allow you to stay in close touch with your supplier, and get real time up-dates and feed-back – there are other benefits too. Negotiate a back-up deal if you can, so if your primary provider falls ill, you have a back-up, or divide the work between two or more service providers to begin with. If it becomes a distraction, deal with it immediately, if need be change supplier.

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