The IHBC’s latest Guidance Note on our online Toolbox aims to provide sole practitioners and small traders with advice on taking on new work, offering ‘Ten Red Flags’ to watch out for when meeting potential clients.
IHBC research consultant and lead author on the IHBC’s Notes, Bob Kindred, writes: ‘ As a sole practitioner or a member of a small partnership in the heritage sector you will probably quite often find yourself being asked to quote for a commission either by competitive tender by written submission or by pitching for the work at a meeting where the objective is to prove you are the right consultancy for the job.’
‘Two important questions to consider are [a] whether the client and or the agent (or in some cases a larger lead consultancy) are a good fit for you; and [b] whether or not the job is right; that is, are you being asked to support something that is actually ill-conceived and harmful? If so, you have two choices – either to turn the job down or try and shape the proposal to make it acceptable….’
Advice on offer in this new Guidance Note covers ‘Providing fee proposals’, ‘Early warning signs and Red Flags’ and much more.
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘IHBC Guidance Notes are produced as part of an integrated resource offering online support for conservation practitioners, the IHBC’s ‘Toolbox’.
‘Our Toolbox helps inform, advise and guide anyone with specialist interests in built and historic environment conservation. There is a wide range of basic resources – the ‘tools’ in the toolbox – on open access, from primary research and guidance produced by or on behalf of the IHBC. And all align with the technical, academic and practice advice and standards supported or endorsed by the Institute.’