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Helping car dealers save costs leads to award for Purchase Direct

Procurement company Purchase Direct won an award for delivering ‘best advice’ to motor retailers which has netted clients six-figure savings on energy bills.

The company, which manages a wide range of procurement services including energy, telecoms and general overheads on behalf of around 50% of the UK’s top dealer groups, secured the ‘Best Advice’ award from The Energy Live Consultancy Awards 2015 (TELCA), ran by Energy Live News.

Purchase Direct, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary year, secured its win after submitting details of its energy saving programmes it runs on behalf of Trust Ford, Essex Auto Group and Perrys Motor Group.

Director Chris Andrews said: “We were delighted to win this award as there are some extremely large consultancies which enter. The judging panel are not given the names of the companies and winners are awarded purely on the evidence presented. Our win was judged on the advice we provided and the savings we made for our clients and we are extremely proud of our success.”

He added: “When we first implement our energy programmes, typically cost and consumption reductions are dramatic with some of our dealer groups benefiting from saving six figure sums on gas and electricity expenditure.

“One dealer group saved £170,000 on their energy bills in 2014 compared to previous years which corresponded to a reduction of almost 3,700 Kwh of energy consumption and a saving of 1million tonnes of carbon.

“One of our manufacturer partners has reduced electric and gas usage in its network by 21%, compared to its benchmark position of five years previously.  This equates to an annual reduction of just less than 6,000 tonnes of CO2 and a network saving of circa £1,000,000 over the last 12 months.

“However, the key is on-going energy management and a programme which is properly monitored and measured with input from the top and buy-in from employees across the group.”

In the energy field, Purchase Direct provides utility purchasing, monitoring and energy management services which are designed to deliver lower utility costs, control of expenditure and carbon reduction across a business and groups with multiple sites.

Energy savings are made with the installation of smart meters and identifying and tackling areas of high usage as well as negotiating the best utility contracts with energy providers and aligning contracts across all sites.

Energy audits and staff training also form part of the service.

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