As cost, purchase and supplier management consultants it’s often assumed that our focus is just on saving money for our clients. Well, it is, of course. But the Auditel service is so much more.
For example, one of our manufacturing clients with a significant energy spend had been trying to move to a more effective rate with an alternative supplier but was being thwarted at every attempt by the stringent application of credit checking restrictions. In other words, supplier bureaucracy was forcing them to continue paying over the odds.
However, by leveraging the contacts and relationships we have built over 16 years as consultants in the energy industry we’ve been able to negotiate a manageable and affordable security deposit arrangement, enabling our client to benefit from both lower energy rates and improved service. I think that’s what you call a win win win situation!
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.