UK manufacturers urged to look at utility costs

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UK manufacturers have been urged to take a closer look at their utility costs after a presswork specialist in Birmingham saved £10,000 in just two months.

Rowan Crozier, chief executive of Brandauer, believes hidden utility costs can quite easily be eradicated if firms seek the right expertise and ask questions.

His firm saved the £10,000 after tapping into Control Energy Costs, a specialist in utility management, procurement and support services. They identified pricing issues, incorrect billing and opportunities for smarter energy management.

Crozier said: “We manufacture millions of components for the automotive, domestic goods, electronics, plumbing and renewable sectors every week so you can see how energy is a massive overhead for us…the fact costs are rising all the time can really impact on our ability to compete globally.

“There are some things we can’t do anything about, but there is a massive opportunity for us to look at our combined utility costs of electricity, gas and water to see if there are ways where savings can be made or supply issues that can be addressed. This is where CEC has been so important.”

He added: “If we’d have realised how easy the process was we’d have done it ages ago. Manufacturers are always moaning about rising costs, this is one way of negating some of them.”

Mark Stephenson, analyst for CEC, is leading on the Brandauer contract. He said: “The nature of its business is energy intensive so there are lots of ways we can work with the management team so they are getting the most out of their utility costs.

“We’ve immediately secured a £5,000 refund due to a wrong agreement and topped this off with a £4,200 mid-contract saving. There will be even bigger reductions to come when we get to the renewal stage and we can look at securing the best supplier deals.”