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Activity overview:

Things aren't going too well. Anna negotiated a deal with a client in France but now they claim they've been ripped off! This has got to get sorted - quickly. Can she renegotiate with them and save the deal?

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TRANSCRIPT

Narrator
Welcome back to Tip Top Trading where things aren't going too well. Anna negotiated a deal with a client in France but now they claim they've been ripped off! This has got to get sorted – quickly.

Anna
Oh Denise, what exactly did they say?

Denise
Something about them agreeing a price for 5,000 lemons and then being offered a better price by another company.

Anna
That'll be Tutti Fruity – they want our business.

Denise
Sounds like they're going to get it, unless you sort it out. Maybe you should work out some new figures.

Anna
Figures? Is there something wrong with my figure – am I too fat?

Denise
No Anna! Your numbers – work out a new price, see if you can squeeze the price of lemons – maybe you can price Tutti Fruity out of the market.

Anna
Hmm, somebody else has said that.

Narrator
Yes it was me Anna! Do your calculations, see if you can offer a better deal and price Tutti Fruity out of the market.

Anna
OK. I could sell them cheaper but there would be less profit.

Narrator
Well, less profit is better than no profit. And who knows, if this goes well, it might lead to more contracts. But it's down to you now to make that call.

Anna
But what am I going to say?

Narrator
Be friendly and say… I'm sorry to hear you're not happy with our price. Tell them Tip Top Trading prides itself on quality products and good value for money. And flatter them and say they are a valued customer and their business is very important to us.

Anna
And what shall I say about the price?

Narrator
Tell them you can match the price of our competitors.

Anna
Match the price. Right. Thanks. OK, I had better call them.

Trader
Bonjour. Fruit Traders International.

Anna
Oh, erm, hello, is that Monsieur Brown?

Trader
Oui. Yes.

Anna
This is Anna… from Tip Top Trading. I was sorry to receive your message.

Trader
Yes, well. I thought we were doing good business and then another company called me and offered me a much better deal.

Anna
Yes, I understand. I’m sorry to hear you're not happy with our price… but hopefully we can sort something out?

Trader
Oh yes?

Anna
You are a valued customer and your business is very important to us… and we would love to see our Imperial Lemons on display in the restaurants and shops of France.

Narrator
That's a nice touch Anna, well done!

Trader
So?

Anna
So, I've done some calculations and we can offer you a better price.

Trader
But Tutti Fruity can offer us a good price.

Anna
I'm sure they can but… we… we…

Narrator
Yes Anna?

Anna
…at Tip Top Trading we pride ourselves on quality products and good value and I think we can match Tutti Fruity's price… in fact I know we can beat it.

Trader
I see. That's good to hear but…

Anna
We'll give you an extra 10% discount – but obviously we would like you to make a bigger order.

Trader
Oh, a bigger order. I will have to have a think about this.

Anna
Yes, of course, but please let me know as soon as you can before someone else snaps up this offer. Merci. Au revoir.

Trader
Ah, merci, au revoir.

Narrator
Excellent work Anna! I can see why she's got the job now. But will her sales tactics pay off? Let's remind ourselves of some of the great lines that Anna used in trying to resolve a tricky sales deal…

I'm sorry to hear you're not happy with our price.
Tip Top Trading prides itself on quality products and good value for money. You are a valued customer and your business is very important to us.
We can match the price of our competitors.

Denise
Well done Anna. It looks like you may have saved that deal.

Paul
Saved the deal? Is there a problem?

Anna
Well, Tutti Fruity has tried to undercut our price but I think I may have saved the deal we had with International Fruit Traders in France.

Denise
Yes, Anna offered a lower price for a bigger order and they're having a think about it.

Paul
Crumbs. If the deal's not complete I think you need to get out to France and seal the deal. I want you and Tom to fly out there as soon as possible and do some schmoozing.

Denise
Oh! You and Tom hey?

Narrator
That's enough Denise! This should be fun. Find out what happens next time on English at Work. Bye.

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