With regards to the overall development of the business things are now starting to take shape. The company has a website, promotional material and a brand identity. I am settled on an on site data destruction business model and that there will be no US joint venture. Finally, I have preferred ERP package.
I am always conscious of the need to get the phasing of a start- up right. In other words if something is going to take a while to come to fruition then make sure you start it early. One such example is becoming a supplier in the public sector. One part of achieving this is having the accreditations and the ISOs – another is learning your way around the public sector – how to “play the game”. I need to consolidate my knowledge bout the public sector now so I can build it into the business development plan.
I’ve still got Steven Regelado’s card from the Lambeth Meet the Buyer Event at the YMCA. So I email him and ask him the name of the lady who presented alongside him which I have forgotten. After a short delay he replies that its Carol Hustler of Supply London.
I speak to Carol. She tells me I need to register with Supply London. I can attend some free training courses aimed at helping become a public sector supplier. One on Health and Safety, one on environmental considerations, one on writing a quality policy and another all day one on supplying the public sector in general. I might also get free help from a consultant.
After my previous dealings with Business Link, I am sceptical about the level and quality of advice one gets from these government agencies. But am going to take full advantage and attend the courses.
Based on entries in my diary