Hello Jo, I am Michael. I have been served by Norwich County Court for a claim for £21k (outstanding billing and interest).
The supplier provided me with a survey software tool that I sold in support of a project called Right First Time. They allowed some flexibility on billing because mine was a new enterprise.
I started to secure new clients and we agreed a prospect declaration process. They broke this process and refused to honour my claim to this new client (value £19k). This client had proposals from me visited other clients of mine etc. The Sales Director of the supplier knew I was closing the deal. At the 11th hour when I told them I had the deal they said they had already closed it and their MD when consulted said they would not walk away.
Because of this I lost the £19k revenue. It was untenable to work with the supplier again and my whole business process was left without a backbone. It took me months to re-establish a credible supply source. It put my business back a year.
The supplier, claimed past outstanding bills from me and on April 4th issues a County Court claim against me.
I wrote to their solicitor without prejudice and offered £10k to settle.
I also said if they did not accept it I would consider a counter claim. I have not replied to the court and as a month has gone by am worried now.
What can I do next? I feel they were greedy and left me in a bad position.