National High Street Retail Chain Saves £65,553

Sector: Retail

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Efficient Utility Bureau Service Reaps Rewards for Retailer

How We Helped

We have been working with a small national high street retail chain since 2014, over the years Clifford Talbot Partnership have achieved significant cost and time savings through

  • Procurement
  • Our technical expertise, and
  • Knowledge of the energy industry

Through our Utility Bureau Service we have helped the retail chain make significant savings.

Challenges: Estimated Invoices Billing Errors Not Correct Poor Service From Previous Consultant


Procurement Delivers Significant Savings

When initially instructed on the retail portfolio we discovered a large number of supplies were on high default or out of contract rates.

We promptly placed these supplies out to tender and secured savings of £65,553, most of which was through negotiating contracts that were a reduction of between 36% and 56% compared to the prevailing rates. Over £7,500 of this was through backdating the negotiated rates with incumbent suppliers.

Account Management

Previously all utilities were managed by each individual shop which meant accounts were often estimated, accounts were in query and also supplies were in or out of contract with various suppliers with various end dates.

Our service enabled the client to centralise this function for all shops, leading to only 1 procurement decision being necessary and ensuring their shop managers could focus on running the shops whilst we took care of the utilities.

Industry Knowledge / P272*

Following recent government legislation two of our client’s supplies were subject to P272, something which we had previously briefed the client about.

Having researched the legislation we used our expertise and knowledge to arrange suitable contracts for these supplies ensuring the client adhered to the new regulations.

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Clifford Talbot Partnership saved our client a total of £65,553

Client benefit of the Utility Bureau service going forward

In addition to the financial benefits highlighted above, Clifford Talbot Partnership have also delivered value to the dealership by saving time and providing expert knowledge:

  • Monthly Accruals of invoice costs, to allow budgeting and accrual of funds.
  • Support and guidance with ESOS reporting requirements.
  • Feed in Tariff (FiT) Scheme.

The dealership now has confidence in the transparent and comprehensive service they are receiving, and feel assured that their dedicated account manager is always on hand.

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