Advanced Engineering 2018

Composites UK Partners with Briar Associates to Offer Energy Procurement Service

24 April 2018

Composites UK has teamed up with consultancy Briar Associates to offer an energy and water procurement service to its members.

This service is in addition to the Climate Change Levy Discount Scheme (CCL) put in place in 2017, allowing users of carbon fibre to claim back CCL on their energy bills (subject to eligibility criteria), which has already delivered over £500,000 of savings to Composites UK members.

“On the back of the success of the Climate Change Levy Discount Scheme, which has delivered over £500,000 of savings, we are pleased to be working with Composites UK to offer its members a service that is normally reserved for high energy users,” states Chris Dayus of Briar Associates.

The procurement of energy and water within the competitive market has become a great deal more complex over recent years and requires an understanding of tariff structures, market movements and which are the most competitive suppliers at any time. This service will give companies access to an independent consultant which will manage all of these issues, with the added benefit of economy of scale through its large purchasing power.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity and receive a free-of-charge no-obligation assessment of the saving opportunities, companies simply need to provide Briars with a recent bill. Briars will then look at cost saving opportunities from improved procurement and tariff infrastructure changes, as well as identifying if there are any opportunities for retrospective rebates. Should the identified opportunities be of interest, then Briars will provide a fully managed service to achieve the savings. Where supply contracts are signed between the member and a utility supplier, Briars will pay a transparent commission to Composites UK as a management fee for the service.

Composites UK members will benefit from:

  • management of the energy procurement;
  • market intelligence and tendering;
  • bill validation and monitoring of supplies;
  • tariff opportunities;
  • retrospective cost recovery;
  • account management.

Composites UK reports that Briar Associates’ results over the past decade have shown a 7% saving on the Digest of UK Energy Prices with its commission charges being considerably less than the majority of its competitors.

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