By Alex Madden

What type of business planner are you? – Find out with #mybizplan

Planning is so important not only as a means of showing investors and other stakeholders how far your business has come, but also as the roadmap of where you want to be in the future.

We want to encourage small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to realise the value of business planning and more specifically the value of planning their energy spend -– often a significant cost for SMEs.

The independent survey we commissioned from One Poll – involving 1,000 SME senior decision makers in the UK – has discovered four main planning types:

  • Post-it planners
  • Mini-planners
  • Detail addicts
  • Presentation planners

Take our online quiz to find out what type of business planner you are at: www.mybizplan.co.uk

and join the conversation on twitter #mybizplan.

Stay tuned for more about #mybizplan and what planning means to businesses, starting next week.

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Is your business ready for winter?

By Alex Madden

With the cold and wet weather already in full swing, now is the best time to start preparing your business for the winter ahead. As well as putting energy saving measures in place to ensure your bills don’t incur a massive spike, it’s also good to have mitigation plans in place for staff and your business in case we get another snowfall like 2013.

Regardless of where you run your business, all kinds of risks exist, and SMEs are particularly vulnerable. Here are a few things you can do to start your business plan for winter:

Boilers

Has your boiler been serviced?

During the winter your boiler is going to get more use which means a higher risk of it breaking down. If it does break down you may have to use interim measures such as electric heaters which could seriously bump up your energy bills. In the worst case, you may need a new boiler, which will cost a lot more than a service.

Keeping sickness down

Winter is prime time for staff to catch the flu. With employees staying indoors more and the heating being used, it’s the perfect environment for germs to thrive.

Keep germs at bay by encouraging staff to keep the work place as clean as possible and use soap and hand sanitiser as often as they can.

The most important thing is to make sure staff who are poorly, stay at home so they don’t spread their germs around.

Make sure the office is accessible

If we do get snowfall like 2013 or temperatures plummet, you need to make sure it’s safe for staff to get in to work. Stock up early on grit or rock salt as this can sell out fast when bad weather hits. In 2013, the snow cost the UK economy a reported £500m per day as the infrastructure couldn’t cope with snow and ice.

Encourage your staff to come to work together where possible and make sure everyone is aware of alternative methods of transport to get in to work.

If staff are unable to make it in to work, try to be flexible and give them the option to work from home.

Energy saving

There are lots of ways you can protect your business without incurring too much cost.

For example, cover your water heater with a manufacturers approved blanket, fit draft excluders and seal gaps around any windows or doors. Check the insulation of your building as this can save you 5% each year.

As you will be using your lights more in the winter with the dark mornings and evenings, switch your lights to LED bulbs as these use up to 80% less as they are 20 times more efficient.

If it’s freezing or snowing outside, you can be sure staff will want it to feel cosy and warm inside. This can lead to a temperature war between employees with some wanting it warmer and some wanting it cooler. There is no legal requirement on temperatures in a work place, however it should be set above 16°C, or 13°C if it involves physical effort. Make sure there are fleeces and umbrella’s for staff who need to nip out, they can use these if they feel chilly in the office too.

Even adopting some of the above measures can help better prepare your business for winter and save you money. For more energy saving advice, visit www.npower.com/business or call 0800 197 6147.

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Running a business from home

By Alex Madden

Starting your own business gives you plenty to think about, including where to run it from. You’ve got to find the right space, budget for rent, and maintain overheads before you can even think about the day job.

It’s unsurprising, then, that more and more start-ups are looking closer to home for an alternative. But despite the obvious appeal, how practical is it, and what do you need to do differently?

If you’re thinking of running your business from home, here are four things to consider before you get started.

Firstly, is it legal?

As with most things in a business, running one from home isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Rather than sticking a laptop in your front room and declaring it your office, there are some legal aspects to think about first.

Like making sure your tax won’t change. Depending on the nature and size of your enterprise, areas of your home may be subject to business rates as opposed to the traditional council tax – just speak to your local authority and double check.

If you rent your house, you may need clear permission from your landlord or letting agent before getting started. And even if you’re a homeowner, some mortgage lenders prohibit business use in their terms and conditions, so be sure to consult your contract.

Taking out insurance is also a must. While you won’t need it if you’re just doing ‘office work’, it’ll cover any stock or equipment if your business has assets. And if you’re intending to have clients visit you, you’ll need public liability insurance as well.

Are your finances sorted?

If you’re about to start your own business, having your finances in order is a given. But working from home brings a few extra considerations.

Your first point of call is to hire an accountant. While you may well be good with numbers, they’ll help you spot those extra costs that can arise when you’re at home. And on the flip side, they can make sure you claim back any expenses to which you’re entitled.

Now you’re a business, that phone, broadband and heating bill doesn’t all have to come out of your pocket.

Have you got the right space?

Where you work often says a lot about how you work, so you have to ensure your house is the right home for your business.

Do you have enough room? Do you have privacy? If you need to be creative, will your surroundings really inspire you? And if you’re client-facing, you’ll need to consider meetings. Restaurants and bars offer a good alternative – providing they lend the right tone – or you’ll need to make sure you’re ready to receive visitors.

Rather than a house in which you work, your home needs to become a direct replacement for the office environment.

Is everyone on board?

It goes without saying, but turning a communal home into the epicentre of a budding business needs to be a mutual decision. You’ll need time and understanding while you settle into your new venture, while friends and family will require space to adjust to the paradigm.

Make sure you sit down with them and discuss your plans. Set out your goal and tell them what it will take to succeed. Talk through any concerns they may have, and if needed define a set of ‘house rules’ to maintain balance.

It’s important to clearly separate Work You and Home You – start the day in your dedicated space, keep your head in business-related matters and maintain your focus. Then when your work hours are over, be ready to switch off and you can make sure both sides of your life can succeed together.

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Richard Robinson, B2B PR Manager for npower, outlines some thoughts on getting your business noticed

By Richard Robinson

Whether you are a corner shop, a tattoo parlour or a fish and chip shop owner, it’s important to promote your small and medium-sized (SMEs) start-up to prospective customers.

And with 40% of registered businesses failing in the first three years of existence, getting noticed is more important than ever. It’s simply not enough to start your business; you need to launch it too!

That’s why for new SMEs on the block, it is vital to let people know you are alive, kicking and are able to offer or sell customers a product or service.

One of the cheapest ways of getting your SME noticed is through the local media. It does not have to cost the earth and can be done cheaply and easily.

If you don’t think writing or photography is for you, then ask a friend! Yes, there are agencies and PR consultants out there & professional photographers too, but when you are still only setting out on your journey, these are – in my opinion at least – unnecessary costs.

So, once you have decided that you have a launch story to tell, you need to draft your release abiding by very clear rules. These rules are designed to make it as easy as possible for journalists to use your press release.

What should go into the press release?

There are key elements that a journalist looks for in a story — and the human interest angle is key.

  • Who? Who are the key players — your company, anyone else involved? Who is your business aimed at?
  • What? What are you announcing?
  • Why? Why is this important news — what does it provide that is different?
  • Where? Where is your business/is there a further geographical angle?
  • When? When does your SME open for business?
  • How? How did this come about?

Tips on writing a ‘starting your business’ press release

  • Read your local newspaper and see how they construct news stories.
  • Your opening sentence should be no more than 25 words. This should explain what business you are launching, where and when.
  • Include a quote. Tattoo parlour owner John Doe said: “…
  • Writing a news article is different than writing an essay. Keep the sentences short, simple and don’t write long paragraphs.
  • Do not write a press release longer than two pages.
  • One point to bear in mind is that editors edit from the bottom of a press release up so ensure the most important points are at the top of the release.

Photography

With budgets for local newspapers being constantly slashed, it’s less likely that that your newspaper will be able to send a photographer out to you and your business. Be careful with branding, as shots that have large logos in the background can be a huge turn off. Look in your local paper for the type of photographs which are successful and gain the most amount of coverage. Remember, you will get more coverage if you use a photo that is close-up and does not have too many people in the shot.

A launch event

If it’s appropriate, you might wish to also hold a small launch event too, inviting local dignitaries, friends and potential customers along too. These events, ideally held in the premises of your local business, can further strengthen a press release’s newsworthiness; and thus increase the chance of your story getting coverage.

Is there anything else needed to promote your business?

Launching a business in your local media should only be part of your campaign to promote the business in your local community. You need to think about marketing and advertising opportunities, developing a website, and social media too. Remember that the more people know of the existence of your business, the more likely you are that you will have customers!

Future blogs

Future blogs in this series will discuss the benefits of social media for your SME, having a website, and cost-effective marketing campaigns for start-ups.

Richard Robinson started his working life as a news reporter, but has worked in PR in a range of in-house and PR agency roles since 1999.

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Why you need a Marketing Plan – and where to start

By Richard Robinson

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A Marketing Plan is a more specific area of business planning that will directly help you to achieve your goals.

Think of it as a kind of business roadmap (or SatNav for the tech generation!) – mapping out your marketing activity will guide your business on its journey to achieve your goals. Without this in place, your business could be left wandering in the wilderness, and your goals risk remaining unfulfilled.

Here we share our advice on putting your marketing plan together.

First Steps

You can find an array of templates and detailed advice on how to write a marketing plan online, but we’ve distilled our experience into a 3 key steps that will get a good basic marketing plan in place that you can then develop and adapt.

  • Where are you now?

Background

Write an introduction to the industry, your business, what makes you unique (your USP = Unique Selling Point), and the potential your business has to succeed. If you involve any external parties such as consultants or agencies in your marketing activity, this section needs to give a thorough overview of your business and its place in the market.

SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis examines the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in your business.

Look at your marketplace, and answer the following questions:

  • What Strengths does your business have? (You probably represent one of these)
  • What about weaknesses? Be honest with yourself – a weakness is often an opportunity in disguise.
  • Are there opportunities on the horizon? What can you participate in or take advantage of for the benefit of your business?
  • What threatens your business? Are there factors you can’t control?

List each answer in the appropriate quadrant of a grid like this:

  • Where are you going?

Where do you want your business to be?

What can your business realistically achieve in the next year?

Outline the growth, development and other goals you want to achieve, and put realistic deadlines on these. For example, if you want to increase your turnover or staff headcount, how long will this take you?

Plan a year at a time

It’s easiest to run your marketing year in line with your financial year.

Once you have written your marketing plan, you can add sections to plan further ahead – 2, 3 or 5 years, even 10 if you like! The point is to break your wider goals into achievable milestones.

  • How will you get there?

Now that you’ve identified your goals, you need to plan out how you will achieve them. In most cases this will involve an investment – either your money or your time, often both.

Plan out the activities that you need to undertake to win more customers, whether these take the shape of constant activity such as advertising, blogging, PR, and Social Media management, or are in the form of defined campaigns designed to yield a specific result in a fixed timeframe.

The activities you focus on will depend on your industry, the goals you want to achieve, and last but not least, your budget.

Divide your plan into growth and consolidation periods so that you are not simply spending money constantly without achieving a return on your investment from any given activity. A consolidation phase allows you measure the success of your activity, and regroup before you continue with your plan.

Other things to include

Market Research

You need to be sure that you know your market inside out – if you are seeking investment or funding from external parties or applying for a grant, the selection panel will certainly expect you to demonstrate in-depth knowledge.

Research what products or services are available, the demand for these from a customer perspective, and the prospects for growth in your industry.

Current/Previous Activity

Many companies find it helpful to detail methods and campaigns they have already tried, and the results of these – Obviously if yours is a new start-up, this won’t apply.

Competitor Activity

It’s important to have an awareness of what your competitors are doing, so keep a regular eye on their activity and campaigns, press coverage, etc.

Not only will this allow you to time your own activity carefully, but you can also learn from their mistakes for free!

Preparing a Marketing Plan helps you to focus your mind on how you intend to achieve the objectives laid out in your business plan. With a bit of work it will become a valuable growth tool for your business.

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Some simple ways to improve the bottom line for your SME

By Richard Robinson

There are a number of simple steps you can take to save your company time and money.

Cutting costs, delivering big ideas, eliminating overheads, saving energy – they’re all great ways to boost your business’s bottom line. Here are just a few to follow which can help you achieve this for your SME.

Business associations are a good way to save money on services such as insurance, and most have very reasonable membership fees too. Joining a trade body could mean securing meaningful discounts, as well as learning more about the industry you are serving. They can also be a great way to network with other local businesses and services, some of which could be helpful to your business.

To get your name out more, why not teach a class, offer up time to speak at a local business networking meeting about a topic you know about, or write an article for a local business magazine, website or newsletter. All of these things cost nothing and will drum up exposure for your business.

Use social media as a business tool. It’s largely free and can be a simple, easy way to reach your target audience, driving traffic to your company website. However, if you’re going to start using a social media channel for your business, it’s important to understand the basics – there are plenty of free online guides out there. Make sure you use analytics though; it’s the only way to tell if it is working or not. There are plenty of free tools available to help you get started, as well as measure your success.

Rather than hiring more permanent full or part-time staff, also why not consider hiring temporary workers to handle surges in business during specific periods and holiday seasons. There are also other contract types such as fixed-term and zero-hours that make it easier and less risky for your business to address a short-to-medium-term increase in workload.

Contracting sales representatives paid only on commission is often less expensive and if managed correctly, can be equally as effective (and cost-effective) as a traditional sales force.

Create and develop a mailing list of your customers and potential customers: There are plenty of simple, online, cost-effective mailing services available; some are even free. By building a customer contact list and engaging in a regular conversation with your customers you can generate more regular orders and retain their business long term.

Every company can have the best products and services in the world, but without great employees, you won’t get very far. So get your employees involved. Employees are the lifeblood of any business. They can make or break a business. That’s why investing in your employees’ development and tying their individual goals to your overall business objectives is crucial to your company’s success

Energy can form a big part of your business overheads, but is undeniably one thing your business can’t do without. However, effective energy management can result in cost savings of between 5-25 % per year.

Here are a few ways you can cut your energy use and consequently your bill:

  • If lights, air conditioning, heating and ventilation and other equipment are not required – switch them off. Control systems are an effective tool available to do this and automatically switch off items like display cabinets when not in use.
  • Businesses keep premises well lit for customers and employees, but make savings by investing in energy efficient lighting. Even small changes such as changing from halogen spotlights to LEDs could save up to 80 per cent of energy used and reduce maintenance costs too as they last much longer than traditional light bulbs.
  • A change in employee behaviour and attitude to energy could also have a real impact on your bottom line. Appointing an ‘energy champion’ can be a simple but effective step. They can assist by taking responsibility for initiating small-scale efficiency practices and reminding colleagues of the everyday steps they could all undertake to bring energy usage down.

Put simply SMEs can’t afford to ignore the mantra that time is money. Better energy management help SMEs to make business improvements or investments that previously seemed financially impossible. All this boils down to two key factors – reduce your costs (money going out); and increase sales (money coming in). By taking small steps in both areas you will see an improvement to your bottom line.

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Master your business cashflow

By Richard Robinson

If your company struggles with cashflow, you’re not alone – most small businesses experience difficulties balancing the books. Follow our tips to take control and eliminate one of the biggest sources of stress in running your business.

Get organised
Keeping accurate and organised records will enable you to keep track of your finances more easily.

  • File all invoices, statements and any other paperwork so it’s easy to find.
  • If you prefer to do things online, ask your bank, utility providers and other major suppliers if they can offer online account management.
  • Set up direct debits or standing orders for regular business outgoings such as rent, telecoms, energy bills, loans and credit card bills.

Invest in accounting software
There are lots of business accounting packages available, and the choice can be mind-boggling, so do your research and get some advice before you buy.

In addition to keeping your finances straight, a good accounting system can automate processes such as emailing invoices out to your customers, sending payment reminders and so on. This will save you a lot of time, and puts you one step away from any awkwardness you may feel about chasing payment from customers.

Set firm payment terms
This applies to both your customers and your suppliers – getting your Payment Terms clearly set in stone is the first step to taking control over your business cashflow.

While it’s tempting to submit to whatever credit period customers demand, this can be a slippery slope, and will only make it more difficult for you to meet your obligations to suppliers and pay your regular overheads on time.

By negotiating supplier payment terms which are at least as long as your cash flow cycle (the time it takes to produce and sell your goods or service, then collect payment from customers), you can bridge the gap between money coming in and going out again. Your supplier payment terms should at least match the customer payment terms – make them even longer if you can.

There are some businesses out there paying suppliers at 30-45 days (so roughly the month following date of invoice) while extending up to 3 months credit to their customers! Don’t fall into this trap.

Punish late payment
Late payers are the bane of every small business. In fact, late payment of invoices costs UK SMEs a shocking £8bn a year!

If a customer is paying you late for your work, ask yourself if you really want them on your books. Any kudos attached to having them as a client or PR mileage you can milk from any press coverage pales into insignificance when you face the fact that this company is actually costing you money.

Did you know: You are entitled to charge interest on late payments

You don’t have to offer customers this free extended credit. Always include a clause in your Terms and Conditions that states you will charge interest on late payment, and reiterate this on every invoice.

By following through on this clause, you will earn necessary respect from your customers, and may even weed out the late payers who will only add to your cashflow stress.

More about late payments and your entitlement to claim interest

Run your credit control like clockwork
Don’t trust that your customers will pay on time! Preempt payment delays by sending reminders before an invoice becomes due, and then chase any overdue invoices religiously.

Set aside a regular time to devote to chasing payment – by making it part of your routine it will feel less daunting and you’ll soon notice that your efforts are proving to be effective.

If you feel uncomfortable making these calls or sending overdue invoice letters just remember that every company you call is in turn doing the same thing to their customers – it’s all part of how business works!

Know your customers’ habits
Try to work with your customers in the first instance. Find out when their payment run is and make sure you invoice in plenty of time to be included in that month’s run. For new customers, call them as soon as you’ve sent your bill to find out when you will be paid – stamping out any bad payment habits early on will make for a stronger working relationship n the long run.

Keep ahead of the game
Plan ahead by building a cashflow forecast – what plans do you have for your business in the next 12 months? What do you need in order to get there?

Look for patterns in your spending, and plan your invoicing to tie in with those peaks. Gradually set aside money to cover you through the dry spells when orders may dwindle.

Every industry has its quiet spells, and most non-seasonal businesses will experience a lull in the summer and during the run-up to Christmas – yet you’ll still have staff to pay.

It’s important that you understand how your patterns of spending and collecting cash are going to impact on your business over time. Creating a cash flow forecast is an important part of getting to grips with what you can afford to spend based on your predicted sales. We would suggest creating a rolling forecast which you update a minimum of once a month. Don’t just create an annual forecast and then not update it to reflect your actual activity.

Be frugal!
Keep your costs down as much as possible. Consider any major outlay such as new IT hardware or hiring staff very carefully before you commit. Is there a less costly way around it?

Check regularly that you are not paying more than you need to for the goods or services your company uses. Committing to longer term contracts and eliminating unnecessary extras will usually save you money, so spend some time looking into supplier agreements carefully before you sign.

With a bit of organisation, and by negotiating with those you do business with, you can take a lot of the pain and worry out of your company’s cashflow. Let us know how you get on!

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Baking for Macmillan

By Lindsey

npower and Macmillan cake off

We’ve been working with Macmillan Cancer Support for the last 11 years, partnering with them to help people affected by cancer. During this time, we’ve helped over 20,000 people affected by cancer stay warm and manage their energy bills through various schemes including our Fuel Management Programme, grants, bill write-offs and advice on energy saving.

Watch our video to find out more about our partnership and hear from some of the people we’ve helped together.

Last year, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of our partnership by setting ourselves 10 fundraising challenges, in order to raise a further £150,000 for Macmillan. Over 671 npower staff got involved in everything from a dip in the North Sea, to a row across Lake Windermere.

This year we’ve been getting involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in a big way. In a bid to find npower’s best baker, we held a massive ‘Cake Off’ across all our offices. And Brendan Lynch, contestant on 2012’s Great British Bake Off series – has spent the last couple of weeks tasting and judging our cakey creations.

The main point of all of it, of course, is to raise money for Macmillan. And we did, a grand total of over £20,000 at present, which will go a long way to help Macmillan make sure that nobody faces cancer alone.

And the star bakers? Here they are with their winning creations.

npower and Macmillan cake off

Find out more about our partnership with Macmillan here.

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Ready Steady Bake for the Great Macmillan ‘Cake Off’

By Alex Madden

This year, to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning we have enlisted the help of much loved Great British Bake off 2012 star, Brendan Lynch.

For the past two weeks, Brendan has been touring npower offices around the country judging our very own Great British Bake Off style ‘Cake Off’.

npower employees at each office rose to the challenge and battled each other to be crowned ‘star baker’ by Brendan. The cakes were judged on their bakes and how they met his winning criteria of taste, style and creativity.

The ‘Cake Off’ competition ran across nine sites to celebrate Macmillan’s 25th World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event. All nine winners will attend an exclusive cookery masterclass with Brendan this November, at the Seasoned Cookery School in South Derbyshire.

The npower business office in Scarcroft, Leeds was the first pit stop on Brendan’s Macmillan Cake Off tour with Jacqueline Nunn judged as the star baker. Jacqueline was encouraged to bake her mega chocolate malt layer cake topped with honeycomb by her team members.

After finding out she’d won, Jacqueline said: “I am absolutely amazed I won, because there were some cracking looking cakes on that table! As a team, we love to bake and regularly fundraise for Macmillan, they do amazing work and it is an honour to be able to support them in any way – and contributing a cake is the least I could do”.

All money raised by employees will be matched pound for pound by npower and will go towards funding vital Macmillan nursing hours.

Macmillan has been npower’s charity partner for the last 11 years and in this time the business has raised over £2.8 million to help people affected by cancer. The leading cancer charity estimates that there are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, which is an increase of almost half a million people in the last five years – and this number is set to double by 2030. With the demand for Macmillan services rising, the continued support of partners like npower is vital to help that ensure no one faces cancer alone.

Recent research has found that companies who encourage community involvement and fundraising distinguish themselves from their competitors, and see many benefits, including loyal customers and happier employees.

Charity partnerships can also help enhance brand reputation and achieve greater credibility, along with improving understanding of social or environmental issues.

With all this in mind, why not take a look at local charities who your SME can partner with.

npower and Macmillan work together to help people affected by cancer. If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like details on the partnership’s initiatives, like the joint Fuel Management Programme, and how they could help you manage your energy costs, please call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000 (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm). Or if you’d like more information on how npower supports and works with Macmillan, please visit npower.com/Macmillan.

Source:: Ready Steady Bake for the Great Macmillan ‘Cake Off’

Voltage Optimisation can save up 15% off your energy bills for your SME

By Richard Robinson

To be in with a chance of winning a Voltage Optimisation device for SMEs from npower Business, then look out for a competition in this month’s Works Management magazine.

npower Business has become the first energy company in the UK to offer pioneering money saving voltage optimisation technology to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Partnering with UK-based EMSc (UK) Ltd, npower Business began offering the Powerstar power saving devices to customers in June.

Designed and manufactured in Sheffield, the Powerstar range of voltage optimisation solutions have been proven by EMSc (UK) Ltd to help users save between 12 and 15% off their energy bills.

Voltage optimisation technology reduces the voltage coming in to optimum levels, helps to reduce electricity bills, extends the life of electrical equipment, and helps to reduce carbon emissions.

One of the first customers of the partnership has been Paul Wilson, the Managing Director of EDM Zone, an engineering firm based at Newcastle’s Hawick Crescent Industrial Estate.

Specialising in creating objects shaped by electrical sparks, EDM Zone uses a complex process known as electric discharge machining, which as the description suggests, is energy intensive. This process sees up to 22 machines being used up to six days every week. Paul, who founded the company in 1972 and has more than 30 years of engineering experience under his belt, is constantly looking at ways to save money for his business.

Although key to helping Paul better understand how to become more energy efficient was an energy audit, the most significant energy saving initiative to date has been the subsequent recommendation and installation of EMSc’s Powerstar technology.

Other initiatives include the replacement of existing lights with LEDs, implementing new processes to monitor water conservation, and the installation of compressed air leak detection. These changes ensure that EDM Zone guarantees that the energy being used to run the machinery will use approximately six to eight per cent less voltage supply.

Philip Scholes, Head of Sales & Marketing at npower Business, said: “From our own discussions with small to medium sized business owners and operators, we know that they are looking to get a better handle on their outgoings, reducing them where and wherever possible.

“Whilst many shrug off energy as a necessary cost, there are almost always ways in which businesses can make greater savings; and voltage optimisation is one of the many tools we can supply our customers with to help them to save money.”

Dr. Alex Mardapittas Managing Director of Powerstar added: “We are delighted with our pioneering partnership with npower Business to deliver our multi-award winning Powerstar systems to businesses across the UK. All our solutions continue to be manufactured in the UK, as they have been since being established 14 years ago and they all come with a five-year guarantee.”

For more details – click on www.npower.com/voltageoptimisation

email: npowerenquiries@ems-uk.org

phone: 01142 572683.

For more details about how to enter, read Works Management magazine.

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