Gavin Roper nominated as president of BNI Chapter Beacon.

Gavin Roper has been nominated as president of the BNI Chapter Beacon. This chapter meets every Thursday at the Calf’s Head in Clitheroe.

BNI Beacon - Leadership Team
BNI Beacon – Leadership Team

Pressgroup in Burnley Express

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Energy Usage

Deliver energy savings by understanding the cost of energy is being consumed via your own system online portal.

  • Real time information at hand whereby you can Identify wasted energy which will ultimately help lower your energy invoices.
  • View problem areas in real time.

Accurate monitoring available during any time of the day across gas, electricity and water will help and support your business reduce consumption and protect your bottom line.

  • Clear vision of full costings of each metered zone
  • Giving vilital information to support your business to ensure certain certain areas within the company that may need addressing.
  • Simply graphs clearly showing each area within the company consumption levels and costs for each of the metered zone allowing any business to correctly forecast P&L’s

Alerts can be created Create to encourage, good behaviour and processes.

  • Focus on areas of potential highest waste.
  • Spot failures at early stage.
  • Guard against processes consuming more energy than usual.

Measure process costs in order to implement accurate and targeted cost analysis initiatives

  • Energy efficiency can be greatly affected by their human and software control.
  • By implementing process changes and capturing performance, improvements can be identified and adopted.
  • The larger the energy transfer, the larger the potential savings could be made.

P272, What Is It All About?

The P272 scheme is a UK initiative for energy suppliers to switch all larger non-domestic consumers from Max Demand to Half Hourly billing. It is a new piece of legislation created by OFGEM placed on energy suppliers to buy energy to meet their customers’ demand. As part of the process, it’s necessary to determine how much energy each customers uses in each half hour of the day.

This will only affect businesses using electricity meters in industry profile classes 05 – 08. The profile class 05 – 08 will then be reclassified to 00 (00 being the profile class for HH supply). Good news though in most cases, meters can be reprogrammed remotely and no site visit will be required. However, a small proportion of meters will need to be exchanged – this will be confirmed after a visit or analysis by a Meter Operator.

Your price may change slightly, the charges vary by geographical location, metering agent and meter type and is not yet known what the financial impact for these changes for customers will be as of yet. However you will receive more accurate invoices based on the amount of energy used and not estimated.

For more information you can visit the Ofgem’s website frequently asked questions page: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/bsc-modifications-p272-and-p322-frequently-asked-questions

There is a lot of jargon in discussing P272, so here is a little jargon dictionary to help:

If you are unsure whether you are affected and want to find out more, speak to us directly on: 0330 400 5452

Do You Know When Your Business Gas & Electricity Contract Is Up For Renewal?

Numerous businesses are unaware of the practice of automatic contract renewal better known as being rolled over – most companies don’t realise the consequences that this can have on their energy expenditure.

If your business is approaching the end of its existing energy contract get in contract with us FAST!

If you don’t know your termination date again contact us and we will ensure we will deliver the information you required.

If a commercial business does not contact the existing energy supplier to terminate the current contract or renegotiate a new one deal, your business energy contract will be automatically renewed at a less favourable rate which will favour the supplier and not you as the existing customer.

Should your business not be on time and your company are one of the many businesses that are rolled over then your business will be paying a premium rate which won’t be good value for money and worst of all you’ll be stuck with it for at least a year.

By law business energy suppliers must send you written confirmation of the contract, within 10 days of the new contract or renewal contract being agreed. Suppliers have varying termination notice periods, ranging between 30 days and 120 days prior to your anniversary date.

There are typically two important questions that your business should know the answers to:

  • When is your contract up for renewal?
  • How many days termination notice do you have to give to your current supplier?

Press Group can manage this part on your companies behalf and will communicate when the time is right to search for the best commercial deal.

We are usually able to offer prices and terms with your existing supplier.

With so many different tasks to keep up with by running a business Gas and Electricity can be another job that’s usually overlooked but Is within the top 3 most expensive business overhead.

Press Group Join Forces with BFC in the Community

Burnley FC in the Community; the award-winning, official charity of Burnley Football Club.

BFC in the Community work is channelled into five key areas; sports, education, health, social inclusion and community facilities. The highly-skilled, dynamic and passionate team now deliver over 30 community projects that touch the lives of a huge spectrum of people in and around Burnley; from children and young people, right through to senior citizens.

There rely on fundraising activities, donations, sponsorships and grants to do carry out the good work that is delivered. Every penny that’s raised goes to developing new opportunities for those who need it most.

Press Group are very proud to be supporting this fantastic local charity.

Press Group “Are” the Right Energy Partner For Your Business?

The process of an energy consultant is to carry out the necessary sediments to ensure the best deal is presented correctly first time around.

Our company aim is to try our best to ensure that the process is painless and is not a time consuming exercise.

In order to present the correct proposal we require certain information such as billing data and your authority to speak with your existing supplier. Usually once we have just these 2 parts then your job is complete and it’s up to us to do the rest.

We are a reputable energy consultancy company and here’s why:

1. Your company will have a range of suppliers to choose from giving you a full independent report

2. We have testimonials from a variety of customers as well from different industries.

3. We don’t tie you to any contracts – if you use us then that’s our agreement

4. We deliver many other services and therefore we need to be delivering a top class service so we don’t miss out on other opportunities that we could offer

5. We have been around for over 5 years showing that we really do mean business

6. We don’t charge a fee, we are rewarded with a referral commission from the supplier should you choose our recommendation. The only way we win any business is to be the cheapest and that’s our ultimate aim

Beware – signs your broker may not be reputable.

1. Instant price offer, without checking your usage history and not taking the time to negotiate the best deal.

2. Not seeking your authority by way of a Letter of Authority.

3. Refusal to send any information or quotations in writing.

4. Sending quotations without the suppliers information

5. Contracting your business to their brokerage in a way of a LOA

6. Offering less than 3 supplier offers

7. Having no case studies which is mirrored from your industry

Lots of benefits of using an energy consultant.

a) Because they use a range of suppliers, there advice should be 100% impartial.

b) Their relationship is already strong with the suppliers, means they get the best deals and would usually have the buying power to retrieve the best rates on the market

c) They can take the time and stress of searching for prices away from you allowing you to continue with your business

More businesses are using a virtual telephone number

Virtual phone numbers will give a small business the perception to the outside world that a company is much bigger.

With all STD codes available this can also appear that a company has many business premises.

Despite the benefits that shows to the outside world that a company appears to be a much “bigger player” in their own market sector ,by having a virtual telephone number it delivers a business the protection such as disaster recovery.

Should a company suffer with technical difficulties then calls can be diverted to a different location such as another office or a mobile phone which can be a big benefit as your existing or potential new customers can continue to make contact.

Most virtual numbers do have other benefits such as a welcome message or a voice mail.

By having a virtual number should any business move site/office then the number follows the business cutting down the worry that your main business number will never be lost.

Business and Home Energy – what’s the difference?

The energy powering your business during the day is the same power that is powering you home, yet energy suppliers treat commercial and residential contracts differently.

Here are the differences;

Contract Term:
Usually, domestic Gas and Electricity contracts are on a rolling monthly term and would usually have no definitive tariff end date. As the domestic agreement is not fixed in term this would generally mean that residential customers can switch their supplier at any point. This can be a negative due to the facts that the unit rate can fluctuate month on month. There are rare instances when fixed term contracts are offered in domestic settings, but these contracts are generally easy to get out of for a nominal cancellation fee.

Business contracts are almost always on a fixed term, usually fixed on a 1 – 5 year contract. The unit rate will stay constant at the agreed price, even if the market price increases or decreases, you can be sure the unit offered and agreed by the supplier would not change within the time period.

Business customers don’t have the option to cancel their contract early, unless the business vacates the premises, sells or closes down which then voids their current contract. Some business could be on a rolling month to month contract but these are usually much higher rates and are rare.

Here at Press Group we can compare offers from over 20 business energy suppliers and therefore will produce a report and present to your business and you can select which supplier and fixed term best suits your company.

Price:
Residential contract rates are often higher than business contract rates and tend not to reflect market movements as much as commercial energy. Prices in the commercial market can fluctuate drastically, therefore, it is important for an organisation to ensure they are locked into a fixed price business contract to avoid these fluctuations. Using an energy consultant to negotiate a contract can be a great help as it will save you time and money. Energy consultants, such as Press Group, not only know how to negotiate the best deal with numerous suppliers, they also know when the best time would be to negotiate a deal based on market trends.

Business and domestic energy bills differ further with regards to other charges and levies such as VAT and Climate Change Levy (CCL). Although business energy comes at a cheaper price, business customers pay 20% VAT compared to the 5% that domestic customers pay. CCL is a green tax, applicable to businesses only, as commercial usage is much higher than residential. Organisations may be eligible for reduced VAT and CCL based on reduced usage and low CO2 emissions.

Meter Type:
Electricity meters have a unique meter profile corresponding to the first two digits of their meter reference number, this will effect how the meter is read by the supplier. Business meter profiles will always be 03, 04 or 00, while domestic profiles will be 01 or 02. The meter type will determine what contract types are available to you. This may sound confusing and overwhelming but speaking to an energy consultant makes it easy to ensure you have the correct meter type and contract for your business needs.

Why Should You Have a Business Contract?
Making sure you have a fixed rate gives your business price security.

Massive Rebate for Burnley Youth Theatre

As a registered charity it can be hard work to generate the income to survive and deliver the services we provide locally.

With overheads such as energy which can be expensive along with the huge increases puts extra pressure on our charity to deliver the services we have on offer for all ages When BER contacted us which is part of the “Press Group” who are a Burnley Bondholder like ourselves we welcomed them with open arms.

BER managed to look back over a period of time at our Gas and Electricity invoices and achieved a massive £2,354.22 in rebates Lindsey West Director from Burnley Youth Theatre said “We are delighted with the support that we’ve received from BER in this matter. The rebate that we have received will help us to make a difference to more children and young people in East Lancashire through delivering our drama workshops and productions. We would certainly recommend them to other charities and voluntary organisations.”

To start the process in reducing your business costs, Call Press Group for details on how we can help your business or organisation on 0330 400 5452