Boat firm lets Energy Management take the strain

Steve Retford from Energy Management LLP is proud to announce that popular holiday boat hire company Sally Narrowboats has renewed its contract with the Wiltshire-based company after achieving savings of over 10 per cent on its energy usage in the last 12 months.
As well as powering a 26-strong fleet, Sally Narrowboats offer a full repair and maintenance service for passing traffic on the Kennet & Avon Canal at its dry dock facility in the picturesque Bradford-on-Avon Marina.

Sally Narrowboats General Manager Mark Fraser says seeking external help in energy management has brought about noticeable benefits to the company, and not just financial.
“Thanks to the energy efficiency measures put in place by Energy Management, we have reduced our energy usage by 10.3 per cent over the last year.
“Energy Management assisted us with some upgrade works in our office space and in the workshop and warehouse as well as helping us negotiate the best possible deals with energy suppliers.

“Originally, we had standard light bulbs installed in high-level fittings that constantly needed changing and were troublesome to get to because of their location. We’ve since had LED lights fitted, which have a five-year lifespan, and less time is now spent on maintenance.”

Energy usage can amount to a third of a company’s overall bills, yet, in the experience of Energy Management CEO Retford, an engineer with over 25 years of industry experience, there are obvious areas where savings are achievable.

For example, as many as one in five invoices seen by Energy Management over the last two decades have been found to be inaccurate. These errors typically can result in an increase of 3-5 per cent of business energy bills.

“Invoice validation is one of our core services. Whether it’s down to inaccurate meter readings, wrongly applied correction and volume factors or CCL and VAT charges, customers often pay more than they should for their energy,” said Retford.

“Our invoice validation service uses a thorough invoice-checking system that shines a light on any errors, so that action can be taken to recover any overcharges as quickly as possible.”

Charity Golf Day proves a big hit

Energy Management rubbed shoulders with stars of the golfing world and former top-level rugby players on Thursday to help raise money for the Dorothy House Hospice.
A team of four competed in a Charity Golf Day, organised by Marble Works of Bath and hosted by BT Rugby frontman David Flatman, at the highly-acclaimed Cumberwell Park Golf Club just outside Bradford-on-Avon.

Open Championship golfer Laurie Canter was present to lend his support just a few weeks after competing at Royal Birkdale and he was joined by European tour pro, Jordan Smith, plus former British & Irish Lions rugby stars, Jeremy Guscott, Jason Leonard and Mike Catt and Craig Chalmers.

Energy Management’s four-ball included CEO Steve Retford and son, Joe, who is striving to become a full-time golf professional, Sales Director Malcolm Barrington and former Bristol City and Bath City goalkeeper Steve Langley.
While a stiff breeze and grey skies made for tricky playing conditions, the event was a big success with thousands of pounds raised for Dorothy House.
The event was won by Bath Rugby legend Guscott and his team, while Energy Management finished a creditable sixth.