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Business Energy Questions – Is saving money important to your business?

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Is saving money important to your business?

It would appear that not all businesses are actually keen to save! Astonishing really. They are too busy in their pursuit to ‘make’ money, yet sweep under the carpet their business overheads until it’s often too late to make decent savings. Those niggly bills that come around but once a year, requiring time and effort in dealing with them. We concur, we empathise with you. They are a nuisance, it does take time to find the best deals, however, given a little time and effort, you can make substantial savings. Don’t sweep this overhead under the carpet, face up to it and act now!

Of course in my line of work I would say this. I am an energy broker, or intermediary if you like, helping to facilitate the process of attaining the best energy rates possible. If you aren’t prepared to do it then I will take on board the role of your energy manager. Not only this, but I will make sure of the following:

  • Prevent you from rolling onto ‘out-of-contract’ rates at renewal time.
  • Find out what your current contract situation is (if indeed you’re in a contract).
  • Find out current tariff rates and annual consumptions.
  • If you don’t know who your supplier is, I can find this out.
  • Help with the process of installing a new meter (even a Smart or Half Hourly meter).
  • Resolve issues with your energy supplier.
  • Put you in contact with associated partners, who can help review and improve your energy efficiency, the aim being to lower your consumption and ultimately your expenditure.
  • Provide communications throughout to keep you informed and up to date.

Yes, we do undertake these tasks for our clients where and when required. Many simply don’t have the time or knowledge to deal with it and would rather outsource to someone such as myself, who will take the hassle away from them, yet work for them and with them.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you know how much energy your business consumes per year?
  2. Do you know how much you spend per year?
  3. Do you know how to reduce your energy consumption?

If you answered ‘NO’ to any of these questions, then our response would be ‘we can find this out, let us help you’. This is what we do, this is what we are here for. Don’t waste your precious time calling your energy supplier, hanging on the telephone for half an hour or more, only to then be passed on to another department. We can get direct to the appropriate person.

When renewing your energy contracts, what’s important for you and your business in terms of your energy supplier requirements?

  • Price
  • Quality of service
  • Fixed prices, fixed term
  • Budgeting
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • A managed service
  • Speed of processing

I suspect that for many, the top priority is price. The lowest price possible, I know that’s what I would certainly want. I also suspect that quality of service would be a distant second…perhaps. If you’ve previously had bad experience of a particular supplier, then you’ll want to switch away from them, making sure that you review customer ratings of the other energy suppliers, for their customer satisfaction levels. But how about considering the other requirements too.

A specialist in this area, such as myself, can assist with these requirements for you. Arranging fixed price, fixed term contracts so that you know exactly what you should be paying over the duration of that fixed term period, which will help with your budgeting. Nowadays with energy prices only ever seeming to rise, we should be reviewing our consumption habits and considering ways by which we can  improve energy efficiency and reduce our consumption, ultimately reducing your expenditure. Our managed service will help to keep you on top of your energy expenses. If you’re a multi-site business, could we align renewal dates to a single date – yes. If you are a property management company dealing with multi-meters (communal block) on a single site, we can review and align these. We can help with smart metering, extremely beneficial for multi-sited businesses, that require meter readings to be taken on a regular basis. With smart meters, you don’t need to visit each site. You simply log on to your computer, open up the online facility and review your energy consumption for each and every smart meter you have. You’ll have the ability to break it down to half hourly data. The speed of processing is due to you taking advantage of our service and being able to navigate to the appropriate people in a timely fashion and letting us address issues on your behalf.

We will challenge the existence of the costs and whether they are necessary. Our aim is to reduce your costs wherever possible, to the lowest prices. We will re-negotiate with your existing supplier as well as other suppliers for best rates.

One of our new services for tendering, is to provide you with a ‘Reverse Auction’ bidding process. We will submit your business energy details and renewal offers (if applicable) to several energy suppliers, who will then bid for your business, by attempting to offer the lowest rates possible, bettering the other suppliers. This is a fairly new approach to procuring your energy rates, but one in which:

  • will produce lowest rates
  • A large range of suppliers tendering
  • transparency of associated costs

All businesses need assistance in some form or other. Not everything in your business can be performed by you, which is why you seek out the expertise of others.

  • Does a builder do ALL the work themself? No, they will bring in experts – plumbers, carpenters, electricians etc.
  • Corporations will bring in auditors, contractors, project managers, I.T. firms etc.

It should be the same for one of your businesses largest expenses – your energy bill. Businesses focus predominantly on increasing turnover and making profit. But what about reducing overheads? Will this not increase your turnover?

Do you use an accountant, gardener, cleaner, restaurant or local take-away? All cater for tasks that you could do yourself , however, you don’t have the time to spend doing, the time to understand what to do, so you use these services. Throw in our service to this list. We have the time, the knowledge and expertise to undertake your energy procurement & energy management requirements. 

Businesses focus predominantly on increasing turnover and making profit. But what about reducing overheads? Will this not increase your profit?

We will work ‘WITH YOU’ & ‘FOR YOU’.

U-GET Consultancy Services, ‘The Solution to your Energy Problem’.

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Problem

  • Is my business paying too much in utility costs?
  • Does my business consume a lot of energy?
  • When did I last check my energy rates?
  • Am I on the best tariff available?
  • Why should I spend valuable time calling suppliers when U-GET will do it for me?

We all want to pay the least possible for products and services. Often the research can be tiresome and when you don’t understand the industry and service, you can be left even more confused!

The Solution

How would you like your energy bills to be reviewed, for FREE, to find you the best rates from the market?

Our goal is to save you as much money as possible.

Our experience helps our customers to avoid:

–       inflated rates

–       additional charges

–       pitfalls the utility sector has in store

With winter just around the corner and rising energy prices, now could be a good time to switch.

Contact U-GET today, to see what we can do for you.

The Problem

COULD YOUR BUSINESS SAVE £000’s BY SIMPLY SWITCHING ENERGY PROVIDERS?

  • · Is my business paying too much utility costs?
  • · Does my business consume a lot of energy?
  • · When did I last check my energy rates?
  • · Am I on the best tariff available?
  • · Why should I spend valuable time calling suppliers when U-GET will do it for me?

We all want to pay the least amount for products and services, making savings where possible. Often this can require tiresome research and when you don’t understand the industry and service, you can be left even more confused!

The Solution

How would you like your energy bills to be reviewed, for FREE, to discover the best rates and providers from the market?

Our goal is to save you as much money as possible.

Our experience helps our customers to avoid:

– inflated rates

– additional charges

– pitfalls the utility sector has in store

With winter just around the corner and rising energy prices, now could be a good time to switch.

Are SMEs Adverse To Changing Energy Suppliers?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Whilst the larger organisations are switched on to managing their energy costs and even improving upon their energy efficiency, by reducing their consumption levels, can the same be levelled at the sme market?

As many smaller businesses are owner-managed, they are responsible for many aspects of the business. Unfortunately, they see that renewal letter for their energy rate and set it to one side for a later date. The all too common mistake, as discussed in our ‘about us‘ section. The larger a business the more likely they are to have a department to deal with such matters.

There are options to them if they don’t wish to take on the responsibility themselves. Comparison websites will still require you to do the work. Many people will not know what details they should be entering, often using just their monthly direct debit figure. This doesn’t reflect their actual annual consumption, which will give greater accuracy.

Energy consultants/brokers will not only alleviate this burden from you and use their range of suppliers, they can also find out your annual consumption figure, thereby helping to provide a far more accurate reflection of your annual spend.

SMEs needn’t be adverse to changing suppliers, by simply farming out the responsibility to experts they can focus on other key aspects of their business that can generate revenue. Being pro-active and on top of all bills, not just the energy is critical.

When starting a business, or more precisely, a service, how does one engage with those potential clients?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

In my industry, making contact with businesses is vital to generate custom. I have read articles, posts and discussions from people on various web platforms, about this very topic. However, is there that perfect way to engage people?

Is the only way for businesses to use your service, through meeting face-to-face or recommendation from someone that knows you? This seems to be the message that comes across. So all those nicely crafted marketing letters and the daunting follow-up calls, are simply a waste of my time?

I know that my service is required by all business with premises. And, that everyone wants to save money, essential in the current economic climate. So why are they reticent to read my letters, or speak with me? Why do we hear the receptionist say: “I’m sorry, Mr. Jones won’t be interested in this service” and this coming from an accountancy firm?

Amazement! An accountancy firm that isn’t interested in helping their new business start-ups or existing clients to save money. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Would we be anymore successful by actually rolling up at their office and asking to speak with the said accountant, face-to-face?

Obviously face-to-face communication is important, but surely business can be done without having this interaction. Ebay would be a fine example of this. Alright, so there are seller/buyer ratings, but this doesn’t always account for much, besides, we still buy from someone without having met them.

Perhaps it’s just me, I have a service that I believe in, I enjoy what I do helping people attain savings. Helping people resolve issues with their energy bills; meter changes, change of tenancy assistance, invoice assistance, capacity demand issues and energy assessments. All of which can be provided without having to meet the client, although I am happy to do so.

Are we all more savvy to the cold-caller these days? I can empathise when a cold-caller tries to get you to buy their product or service over the phone. However, when you are simply informing them about a service, asking if it maybe of benefit to them and to leave it with them to think about and possibly meet or call back, once they have had time to review it at their own leisure, is this a reason to not give you the time of day?

Whose loss is it? The cold-caller for not acquiring their custom, or them for dismissing this hard-working person from wanting to help them save money? Nowadays, is it all about networking and referrals rather than letters and telephone calls?

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