The 19th Auditel National Conference took place at the Marriott Forest of Arden in Birmingham on Friday 28th November attended by over 180 delegates.
2014 has been the year in which Auditel, the UK and Ireland’s leader in strategic cost management has celebrated its twentieth birthday.
Auditel Managing Director, Chris Allison opened the conference with this reminder “Over the last 20 years, Auditel has supported thousands of clients, from Household brand, through to smaller and medium sized organisations. Across the public, private and not for profit sectors and in virtually every industry sector, Auditel consultants have instigated smarter cost management solutions, which have led to hundreds of millions of pounds worth of savings.”
A number of Auditel franchisees have distinguished themselves during 2014 and we are delighted to announce the following award winners
UK Franchisee of the Year awarded to Stephen Sowerby
Ireland Franchisee of the Year awarded to Declan Quinn
Consultants’ Consultant awarded to Alan Ford
Rising Star 2014 awarded to David Kendall
Team Builder of the Year 1 awarded to Jane Campbell
Team Builder of the Year 2 awarded to Paul Millican
Life Time Achievement Award awarded with great pleasure to David Lowe.
Our nominated charity for the 2014 Auditel National Conference is The Prince’s Trust and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed so generously to this worthy cause.
The Smart Business Show, a unique Business to Business event opens at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th May 2014.
The event is an ideal opportunity for professional business people who are focused on growing their business through knowledge and innovation.
Business partners of the exhibition include the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, the Institute of Directors, University of Ulster, Momentum – the voice of the digital sector in Northern Ireland, and a number of other prestigious organisations.
The organisers anticipate that visitors will be inspired and motivated through clinics, workshops and seminars sponsored by BT, Fujitsu, Ardmore Advertising, Innov8 and Invest NI.
Auditel are delighted to be exhibiting at this innovative event and we welcome visitors to come along and meet us on stand 40 to find out about our highly effective cost management solutions.
We are able to offer free tickets to the The Smart Business Show. Book them via this link and using the promo code “Auditel”
I am proud to be running a successful business in an area of Ireland which is demonstrating an impressive economic environment. Fingal has one of the youngest and most well-educated workforces in Europe. It boasts the highest foreign direct investment levels of any county in Ireland. All of these factors ensure a sustainable economic platform will continue to develop in Fingal County Council.
Fingal has just launched its new Economic Development services team. This team will spearhead the continued accelerated growth and success in Fingal by leveraging the partnerships with business and industry within the County Council.
Fingal has allocated €1 million to promote economic development within Fingal County Council. The Council is looking at ways to promote the region as a business & social destination and aims to leverage the strong business relationships already present in Fingal to accelerate growth and business partnership.
The Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Kieran Dennison, hosted a conference on economic development: “Working Together for Success”, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown on Wednesday 16th April. I was invited to attend and participate in the business “ideas” forum by the Director of Economic Services for Fingal County Council, Ethna Felten.
The aim of the business ideas forum is to understand how the newly formed “Local Enterprise Office” (LEO) will provide an expanded range of business supports within Fingal County Council. In particular how it will support local entrepreneurs with advice, vital to growing their businesses. Fingal County Council collects a vast array of data, which will be made available to businesses in a presentable management information pack to enable quality business decision to be made which will ultimately lead to economic growth.
I was very interested in these current initiatives and future plans to support economic development in the region and look forward to contributing to the superb entrepreneurial culture which exists in Fingal.
As Ireland’s leading cost management consultancy, Auditel recognises the vital role that supplier relationships play. We are very proud to regularly provide an opportunity for suppliers to meet our consultants, exchange and explore new ideas and inform and educate them so they in turn can better serve their clients with the best possible advice.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the Suppliers attending our Regional meeting today. We value your support. Without your ongoing involvement we could not provide the level of products and services our clients have come to expect.
The 18th Auditel National Conference took place at the Marriott Forest of Arden in Birmingham on Friday 29th November in the presence of over 130 Auditel Consultants and over 60 suppliers.
Auditel Managing Director, Chris Allison reported: “This year’s theme is Maximising Opportunities; over the next year we aim to provide an even wider range of cost management services that give measurable results and provide clients with stability for the long term. Our tools have been refined to give even better management information and reinforce the high standard of service provided by Auditel’s specialists. Our network of over 200 consultants are able to build project teams that deliver results and quickly become a valued member of the client’s management team.”
During the black-tie dinner, a number of awards were presented to those franchisees who have distinguished themselves during 2013.
- Franchisee of the Year – Sponsored by Incom, awarded to Alan Ford
- Consultants’ Consultant – Sponsored by Focus, awarded to Stephen Heathcock
- Outstanding Contribution and Dedication to the Network, Sponsored by Jumpstart, awarded to Judith and Peter Ashurst
- Commercial Achievement Award, Sponsored by Acceptcards, awarded to Mike Andrews
- Rising Star 2013, Sponsored by Bluefin Insurance Services, awarded to Eddie Finch
- Rising Star 2013, Sponsored by Scottish & Southern Electricity , awarded to Jane Campbell
- Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by UKLED, awarded to Declan Quinn
Chris Allison summed up the Conference and another momentous year: “As a recent survey conducted by KPMG suggests, 95% of costs taken out during this recession are flooding back into businesses. Auditel is better equipped and better prepared to manage organisation’s business costs with their unique Total Cost of Purchase model.”
The most highly attended and successful Auditel National Conference ever, took place at Marriott Forest of Arden, Birmingham, on Friday 9th November, in the presence of over 150 Auditel Consultants. The theme this year was ‘Increasing Value in Your Business’.
Auditel Managing Director, Chris Allison reported: “Today, we celebrate another year of growth and success in our network for the eighth year in a row. With this growth, our turnover has grown steadily. The collaborative nature of Auditel has allowed us to make quantum leaps forward. As long as we continue to embrace change with courage, careful planning and action, our futures will remain secure.”
There has been a great deal to celebrate this year. Auditel was awarded the HSBC sponsored British Franchise Association’s Outstanding Franchisee Support Award for 2012. The award is only open to brands that are full members of the bfa, through successful accreditation and who put standards, ethics and best practice at the top of their agenda. These franchise awards are seen as the industry’s top accolade.
Auditel also has Affiliates that renew their franchises after 5, 10 and now 15 years due to consistently achieving their financial goals.
During the black-tie dinner, a number of awards were presented to those franchisees who distinguished themselves during 2012.
- Franchisee of the Year – Sponsored by Alternative Route Finance, awarded to Denis Brennan
- Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by VoiceMobile, awarded to Eddie Finch
- Flying Start – Sponsored by Red Flag Alert, awarded to Declan Quinn
- Tim Rix Memorial Award – awarded to Dave Jamieson
- Rising Star – Sponsored by Bluefin, Awarded to Stephen Sowerby
- Consultants’ Consultant – Sponsored by Incom Business System, awarded to Dave Jamieson
Chris Allison summed up the Conference and another momentous year: “Today’s agenda was crafted to provide you with ideas to move your businesses forward next year. I am sure our workshops and key-note speakers will have helped you in preparing for 2013.”
Auditel, the UK and Ireland’s premier cost management consultancy, generate savings for organisations over an enormous range of business expenditure. Last month, they added yet another opportunity to reduce both cost and energy – LED lamps.
The quality and performance of LED replacement lamps has come a long way in the last few years. Their hugely improved light quality and low energy consumption means that businesses can save up to 80% on their energy bills by installing LED lamps in place of their existing halogen or incandescent bulbs.
In the face of ever-increasing energy costs, companies are searching for ways to save energy. Increasing insulation, upgrading boilers and self-generating power can be expensive and disruptive to the business, often with a slow return on investment. Simply replacing existing lamps with LED is fast, easy and highly effective. For example, a typical halogen spotlight that uses 35W of energy can be replaced by a 6W LED, leading to energy and cost savings of an impressive 80%.
One of Consultantswas back with us for some continuing professional development training this week and while catching up on general news he happened to mention a £1,073 rebate on a gas overcharge he’s just identified for a small client.
This might not seem too significant, but for an organisation that usually spends about £1,903 per year on their gas supply it could have made a big difference to their budgeting for the year. The error occurred when a new meter was fitted at the client’s premises and the gas supplier took an incorrect reading – or rather made an incorrect assumption from their reading – which made it look as though they had used twice as much gas as they actually had. As is the case in many companies, the client themselves hadn’t picked this up – after all, it’s not a huge amount and they didn’t have the time, internal resource or expertise to check every detail on every invoice every month.
Of course, now they have an Auditel consultant working, essentially, as another member of their management team, they have got all of these things and a rebate from the gas supplier. What’s more, because Denis will be checking all their invoices going forward, they also have peace of mind that if it happens again, there’s no chance of it slipping through the net unnoticed.
We’re pleased to announce that our Facilities Services Director, Howard Ward, has been re-elected to the Council of the Utilities Intermediaries Association (UIA), as one of two representatives for Small Businesses. Howard was a founder member of the UIA Council back in 2006, when the Association was established in response to growing concern among legitimate third party intermediaries about sharp practices being used by some in the industry (a ‘third party intermediary’, or TPI, being anybody who facilitates energy purchasing contracts between consumers and suppliers, for example a consultant, broker or agent).
Since then 23 TPIs have been awarded Full Membership by demonstrating compliance with the Association’s code of practice and are entitled to carry the UIA approval logo, while all the major energy suppliers, Energywatch and the industry regulator, Ofgem, have pledged their support.