Over £85,000 of cost savings identified for businesses in Altrincham town centre
In November 2016, Altrincham Unlimited launched an initiative to drive down costs for local businesses. Still in its first year, the scheme has already identified savings totalling over £85,000.
Meercat Associates - a specialist procurement company that works exclusively with BIDs across the UK - was contracted to work with businesses in the BID area to reduce costs across a range of services including energy, telecoms, testing, pest control and merchant fees. Urban Burger Bar and Land Law are two of the many businesses that have benefitted directly from the ‘free to use’ service.
Gill Hayhurst of Land Law LLP said:
“The Meercat experience was very quick and simple. We passed them copies of our utility and telephone bills and they came back with savings well in excess of our BID levy fee. They did all the work and we gained the benefit.”
Adam Wilde of Urban Burger Bar said:
I was initially sceptical as to whether Meercat could make a difference to our costs, but it was well worth finding 30 minutes to meet them. They have helped us to renegotiate our energy bills and reduce our costs by almost £3000 – a huge saving for our business.
Mark Hope, a BID levy payer with High Street Medical, who has led the project on behalf of Altrincham Unlimited’s Business & Operations Advisory Group, added:
“We are really pleased with the cost savings that Meercat have identified for Altrincham businesses this year, totalling over £85,000 in just ten months.
I really would encourage all levy payers to take advantage of the service if they haven’t yet done so. It is free to use, takes minimal input - as Meercat undertake all of the work - and can lead to very substantial savings.”
For more information, or to book an appointment, businesses within the Altrincham BID area should contact the Meercat team directly on 01444 416529.