|By PR Newswire||
|February 11, 2014 02:01 AM EST||
LONDON, February 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
According to Deloitte's third biennial cost survey 2013, 76% of respondents expect their company to reduce costs over the next 24 months. However, they also found that in 2012, the failure rate for cost initiatives climbed to 48%. This means that nearly half fail to achieve their goals.
Chris Allison, Managing Director of Auditel, the UK's leading cost management consultancy, comments: "Our own recent survey with Management Today suggests that the majority of organisations are focussed on simple cost-cutting or cost-reduction exercises. Effective cost management, on the other hand, requires software tools to monitor what is done. Then there must be a process for giving management information to the decision-makers, at the start, throughout the activity and at the conclusion, when improvements have been put in place. Many companies lack this facility. An increasing number have decided to outsource for specialist knowledge."
Over the past 20 years, Auditel has worked with more than 5,000 firms and has delivered greater returns than their in-house resources could have achieved. As Allison reveals, these results were consistent across every kind of industry and commercial sector. "We find that all types of businesses seek to manage their costs more effectively."
Some examples of savings made:-
Pizza Express with over 400 UK restaurants and a significant international business.
Savings Breakdown: Over £4 million during a 15-year period.
Patrick's Restaurant opened in June 2006 in Poole.
Savings Breakdown: Gas 18%; Electricity 20%; Water 48%; Linen costs 19%; Beer line cleaning 50%
Legal & Financial:
Prettys is a law firm based in Ipswich and Chelmsford
Savings Breakdown: Electricity £21,000 38%; Gas £13,000 43%; Fixed line communications £33,000 31%.
Whiting & Partners is a long-established firm of chartered accountants with nineteen partners and eight offices across East Anglia.
Savings breakdown: Savings to date exceed £70,000.
The Mears Group, which employs more than 10,000 people in over 80 offices, maintains and improves homes as well as caring for the people living in them.
Savings breakdown: Over a quarter of a million pounds per annum on telecommunications. Electricity and Gas, including rebates, £67,000.
Hotels & Leisure:
The South Staffordshire Golf Club, formed in 1892, is an 18-hole, private members parkland golf course.
Savings Breakdown: Telecommunications £1,000 (50%); Electricity £7,411 (36%); Gas £2,632 (32%).
British Bakels is truly global, with manufacturing sites on all five continents
Savings Breakdown: Fixed Line telephones - 29%; Mobile telephones - 25%; Gas - 3%
CDW Systems is a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of aluminium windows, doors and conservatory roofs.
Savings Breakdown: Thousands of pounds on electricity.
Tindle Radio owned and operated nine local commercial radio stations on the UK mainland and Channel Islands prior to February 2013.
Savings Breakdown: Electricity across eight sites over £31,000 (32%); Fixed line telephones £4,445 (43%); Mobiles £7376 (33%).
Papworth Trust is a charity and registered social landlord based in Cambridgeshire working with people with disabilities across the East of England and London.
Savings Breakdown: Electricity £139,640; Gas £49,063.
Pre-school day care:
Busy Bees are the UK's largest provider of pre-school daycare.
Savings breakdown: Water, over £45,000 worth of rebates and ongoing annual savings in excess of £14,000. Telephones £18,000; Electricity, on a disputed final bill, 90% reduction in the charge and a refund cheque from the supplier.
Founded in 1864, Framlingham College is a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 13-18 in Suffolk.
Savings breakdown: Utilities, over £95,000; Refunds for VAT and Climate Change Levy over £60,000; Lighting £72,000.
St. Clare's is an international residential college, which specialises in teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Oxford.
Savings breakdown: Electricity £31,250, including a rebate for past overcharges of £24,100; Gas £6,400 from historical overcharges; Fixed line communications £4,200.
As Busy Bees IT Manager Paul Creaser confirms: "Having strong control of our costs going forward is essential. Outsourcing expert advice has paid off, both in terms of savings and providing the in-house team with additional management support. I would be happy to recommend Auditel to any company wanting expert help to review their expenditure."
Allison says; "Every month, year in and year out, we are saving tens of thousands of pounds for small, medium and large organisations on their business costs. If you too want to have peace of mind, amid these spiralling costs, start with our Auditel Business Health Check. We can include a Financial Health Check as well for you."
Established in 1994, Auditel is currently reducing financial waste and improving bottom line profits for thousands of organisations throughout the UK and Ireland. Their clients range from small businesses to global brands such as Pizza Express, YMCA and Oxford University. Auditel's flexible fee structure gives clients' choice and the ability to manage cost and strategy for the long term.
More information: Norman Grossman, PR Officer, Auditel (UK) Ltd, St Paul's Gate, Cross Street, Winchester, SO23 8SZ. T: +44(0)7966-436717. E: [email protected]
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