Over the past 10 days, I have started to concentrate on the business again, after enduring, quite possibly, the worst three months of my life. They do say things happen for a reason, but at the moment I have no idea why it happened to me …
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Briefly, the last few months have consisted of me going through major surgery and having to endure about 8 weeks of recovery. While I was in the Oxford hospital, my wife Maria was taken into hospital locally due to a blockage in her liver. This was treated, but then she developed a chest infection. Further complications to her treatment ensued and coupled with the earlier diagnosis of secondary breast cancer, she passed away peacefully in her sleep last month.
“The celebration of her life was amazing with over 100 friends and colleagues attending and all wearing purple!”
So what do you do after all that has happened? Well, look at life from a different perspective and then start to concentrate on the business, picking up on clients who have been missed due to the circumstances and trying to get some sort of normality back into my life. I’ve gone back on the ‘tools’ to do some testing to try to catch up. I’ve even been and seen clients to discuss their requirements.
On the day of the appointment, I received a message from the client to call urgently. Knowing the type of work that the company were involved in, I thought that they wanted to cancel and reschedule. How wrong was I going to be!But nothing could prepare me for what happened a couple of days ago. I had made an appointment to see a potential client, who contacted us from a recommendation. I had already spoken to them and had an appointment to discuss their needs in more detail.
On speaking to the client, I first received an apology for having to cancel the meeting. I was informed that their Head Office had signed a testing contract with another company and that they could not use companies local to their office anymore.
“It was at this point the client informed me that they had been quoted a price of 12p per tested item for a contract that consisted of approximately 10,000 items!”
To say I was speechless is an understatement! I didn’t know what to say; in between my concern for the staff and their safety, I expressed that there was no way I would match that price and I hinted that the job could not be completed for that price correctly. Even my contact had serious concerns that the job wouldn’t be completed to the recognised standards.
After my call, I sat and worked out a few things based on that price. If an engineer tested the maximum number of items in 8 hours – around 200 units if done properly – that would work out at about £24 for a day’s work, which is less than half the UK’s minimum wage!
“The engineer would need to test about 600 items a day to reach minimum wage!”
Impossible! I mean, I’m good but even I’m not that good! I’m still a little shell shocked at the quoted price, but if you want to work with a company who completes the testing in line with the current code of practice, does not cut corners and are professional in the approach and procedures, then give me a call on 0330 6600264 today!
Until next time …