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Case Studies

Sarah Revell

Broadclyst Community Primary School

Industry Sector: Education

Client Testimonial:

The service that BCR Associates offers the School is excellent. We now feel we are on top of our energy spend and are able to set a reliable utilities budget each year. BCR Associates provides a very professional, reliable and flexible service and is always available to quickly answer our questions."

Graham Newbury, Business Manager

Project Summary:

  • Prior to becoming an academy, the school was part of a local authority purchasing portfolio and experienced difficulties with budgeting
  • BCR Associates resolved the issues and consolidated contracts to a common end-date
  • We established additional reductions due to the charitable status of the school
  • Full account management and contract monitoring provided at no additional cost to the client

The client: Broadclyst Community Primary School

Our client is an academy school in East Devon. It consists of a large primary school with 500 pupils and a 40-place nursery.

The challenge:

Broadclyst Primary was part of the local authority purchasing portfolio up until it became an academy school in August 2010. It had subsequently been subject to centralised pricing without consultation. Broadclyst Primary needed to budget carefully and therefore adopt a process whereby it could utilise the available
funding each year and stay within set monetary boundaries.

The solution:

BCR Associates was engaged to undertake a complete cost review of the gas and electricity expenditure across the site. In addition to billing mistakes, there were three contracts and five different end-dates, making the management of this extremely difficult. Working closely with the school we utilised our industry
knowledge and supplier relationships to resolve the issues. We established that the school was liable for a VAT reduction to 5% and that it was exempt from Climate Change Levy due to its charitable status. Finally we organised contracts into a single co-ordinated portfolio.

The results:

Broadclyst Primary achieved a reduction in both electricity and gas expenditure, helping it to budget moving forwards. Cost forecasting was also improved by the introduction of Automatic
Meter Reading, with the additional benefit of educating the children about carbon output, consumption and climate change. A single, coherent account was set up to reduce the amount of administration required. Going forward we manage the annual budget using the AMR system, giving the school total piece of
mind that it is all in hand.

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