Working in partnership with our clients across local government, we look for ways to improve and increase efficiencies across energy, water and telecommunication portfolios and help to develop solutions that add value and are practical to manage.
Local authorities are complex and diverse in size and there are a number of issues facing the public sector as they manage their commitments and huge portfolio of assets at a time of acute financial stress.
Finance is critical to the operation of councils and the wide range of services they deliver. With the economic downturn, declining budgets, closures, disposals and redundancies, it is critical that costs are cut and managed, especially across energy, water and telecommunication portfolios.
Smith Bellerby’s knowledge and expertise have enabled a number of local authority partners to cut their costs and enjoy substantial refunds. We have saved them an inordinate amount of time as a result of reducing the administrative burden of managing these portfolios on a daily basis.
The savings achieved at Colchester Borough Council have exceeded £373,000, which included a refund from a supplier of £25,000 for two year’s worth of overcharges on just one site, with a further £12,500 of indirect savings as a result of the reduced administrative burden.
Colchester is the largest Borough in Essex and Britain’s oldest recorded town. The Council manages a range of buildings including the Town Hall, civic offices, leisure centres, car parks, museums, sheltered housing schemes and housing stock.
Historically, the Council partnered with other Local Authorities in an Essex-wide consortium to buy their energy but carried out bill checking & processing in-house. An internal re-organization provided the ideal opportunity to see if the service could be outsourced at a lower cost.