In this story in August 2002, we reported on Camelot's plan to limit its business with any supplier to 20 per cent of the supplier's turnover.
In theory it sounds like a sensible idea. The arrangement would protect its suppliers, if the firm failed to win a new contract to run the national lottery. (Although they needn't have worried, as Camelot has been selected as the preferred bidder for the new contract to run until 2019.)
Does a buyer have a responsibility to look after its suppliers in this way? Or should decisions on how much business is accepted be left to suppliers?