- Express appreciation for the proposal extended to you.
- Mention positive things about the proposal.
- State that you have reviewed the proposal but a mutual decision has been made to reject it.
- Mention that you are still open to future business ventures.
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[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-
Dear [Recipients Name],
We were delighted to receive a proposal from your prestigious organization. We thank you for your interest in our upcoming project.
I reviewed your plan and immediately arranged a meeting with the board. We agree that your proposal was interesting, but we decided to decline your offer. We also had to accept another bid from a different organization.
Nevertheless, we hope to do business with you in the future.
[Senders Title] -Optional-
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cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -
Sample letter of rejecting a proposal.
Further things to consider when writing rejection letters to business partners
Rejection letters are letters written to inform people that something they have made, written, etc., has been turned down. These letters can be used, for instance, to inform people that they have not been chosen for a job or school enrollment or that a book they have written has not been chosen for publishing. Conveying rejection can be difficult because most people don't know how to say the words without hurting the recipient. Actually, in most cases, people don't write rejection letters at all. They just drop communication with the concerned person, (which is rude). Rejection letters are important because they help build trust and develop goodwill between the parties involved.
After rejection, the people affected will be frustrated no matter what. However, well-drafted rejection letters can soften the blow and encourage them to keep trying. An excellent rejection letter is brief, considerate, and to the point. Begin by thanking the recipient for trying. State your decision politely and assertively, giving reasons for it. If you are rejecting a job application, for instance, give a genuine reason for it and encourage the recipient to apply for other positions. End on a positive note and wish the recipient success.
Letters to Business Partners
Letters to business partners are letters you write to people with whom you have some degree of involvement with their business dealings. A business partnership is a legal relationship formed when two or more people agree to run a business together are co-owners. When you make such a partnership, you need to write a letter to your business partners to convey your message clearly and strongly, and to keep a legal record of the partnership. The letter should be formal and must contain the partnership offer, names of all the business partners, and the terms and conditions of the partnership.
Letters to business partners should be written with a professional tone. They should conform to all the accepted business letters standards. State the purpose of the letter. Give all the necessary details regarding the partnership as outlined in the contract. Include the name and title of the recipient. Employ the appropriate formal salutations and closings. State the date clearly and mention any document that is enclosed with the letter. Close the letter on a positive note and sign it off with your name and title. Letters to business partners should be printed on the company's letterhead.