Yes In the present case, this could be permitted provided that it is clearly necessary to demonstrate the relevance or originality of the offer and SPEEDSERVICE's know-how. Testing the quality of the services does not affect the impartiality of the members of the bid team. However, this invitation must be fully transparent with regard to the Company's management.
However, no additional gifts, even symbolic ones, should be offered because it is at a critical stage of the tender process. Indeed, the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy or Gift and Hospitality Policy formally prohibits giving or receiving a gift during the tender process.
This would not be permitted if Pierre invited a decision-maker with his spouse to a good quality gourmet restaurant, or even if the invitation was for a Club for executives or a high-end restaurant operated by SPEEDSERVICE with no connection with the proposed new concept.