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ESOS PHASE 2 DEADLINE – 5TH DECEMBER 2019

The compliance notification deadline for ESOS Phase 2 is rapidly approaching. ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria and non-compliance could result in fines of up to £90,000

‘CHARITY DAY’ RAISES OVER £3,400 FOR LIFE-SAVING CHARITIES

We were delighted to raise the grand total of £3,472.14 recently in support of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and London’s Air Ambulance.

CLIMATE CHANGE LEVY (CCL) SET TO INCREASE FROM APRIL 2019

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is the government’s environmental tax on commercial energy consumption, charged in pence per kWh by the energy supplier.

MOBILE ROAMING CHARGES AFTER BREXIT

In June 2017 mobile roaming charges in EU countries were abolished and mobile phone users have since been able to use their minutes, texts and data on their mobile phone tariffs when travelling in most EU countries

STREAMLINED ENERGY AND CARBON REPORTING FRAMEWORK FOR UK BUSINESS

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) will come into effect from 1st April 2019.

‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ CHARITY DAY RAISES £2,473

We were delighted to raise funds to support our local community in November and recently donated £2,473 to Pinewood School, a state special school in Ware for children aged 11 to 16.

PURCHASE DIRECT ATTENDS ‘MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE’ EVENTS

Purchase Direct recently attended ‘Management in Practice’, a series of events across four major cities for practice Managers, GPs and those involved in primary care business management. 

DEADLINE FOR ESOS PHASE 2 IS FAST APPROACHING

Is your business prepared for Phase 2 of ESOS (the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) which began on 6th December 2015? Companies with more than 250 members of staff or with a turnover in excess of €50M and balance sheet in excess of €43M must comply by 5th December 2019.

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY PUBLISHES ESOS NON-COMPLIANCE FINES

The deadline for Phase 1 of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was 5th December 2015. Companies that failed to comply may have thought they had avoided any penalties.

UPGRADE YOUR BUSINESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BY MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM ISDN TO SIP

BT has announced its plan to completely shut down the ISDN network by 2025 so it is only a matter of time before businesses must upgrade their telecommunications and plan their move to SIP.

PURCHASE DIRECT SHORTLISTED FOR TWO ENERGY AWARDS 2018

Purchase Direct has been shortlisted for two major energy awards as a result of our successful energy procurement, contract management and energy management consultancy services.

PURCHASE DIRECT RAISE OVER £2,100 FOR HERTS YOUNG HOMELESS

We were delighted to donate £2,112 to Herts Young Homeless, an independent charity supporting vulnerable people in Hertfordshire since 1998.

CHARGING MORE TO TAKE PAYMENT BY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD WILL BECOME ILLEGAL FROM 13 JAN 2018

The Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will make it illegal for any business to charge extra for using a debit or credit card in the EU.

PURCHASE DIRECT IS PROUD TO SUPPORT SAVE THE CHILDREN

Purchase Direct has committed to make a fixed charitable donation each month to Save the Children and it’s the hard work from all our staff which enables us to make this contribution in the first place.

TRUSTFORD HOLD A TIGHT GRIP ON THE ROAD TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESS

TrustFord’s commitment to reducing their environmental impact, year on year, has been recognised by The Green Organisation for the fourth consecutive year; winning the annual Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.

PHASE 2 OF THE ENERGY SAVINGS OPPORTUNITY SCHEME (ESOS) IS ALREADY HERE

Despite Brexit, Phase 2 of ESOS began on 6th December 2015. As with Phase 1, this is a four year phase and compliance must be notified by 5th December 2019. In their June ESOS newsletter, the Environment Agency (the scheme administrator) have confirmed that Phase 2 has begun and have recommended getting started on auditing for compliance now.

PURCHASE DIRECT CLIENTS SET TO BENEFIT FROM NEW EU MOBILE RULES

Mobile roaming charges in EU countries come to an end on 15 June 2017 but we still advise caution due to the possible application of fair use charges and the exclusion of certain European countries and Crown Dependencies, such as the Channel Islands, on some mobile tariffs from different networks.

PURCHASE DIRECT SHORTLISTED FOR TWO TELCA ENERGY AWARDS

Purchase Direct has been shortlisted for two major energy awards on the back of our successful energy procurement, contract management and energy management consultancy services.

WATER DEREGULATION COULD BENEFIT BUSINESSES IN ENGLAND

Forthcoming water deregulation could deliver benefits for English businesses. Improved customer service, efficiencies of having one supplier and some reduction in costs with higher discounts expected in a few years’ time are among the gains to be had once the water sector is deregulated in England from April 2017 (Wales and Northern Ireland will remain unchanged).

NEW DEBIT CARD CHARGES SET TO HIT DEALER PROFITABILITY

New EU rules on debit card transactions, which came into force on 1 September, penalise automotive retailers and will have a significant impact on already squeezed used car margins.

FIX AUTO UK CONFIRMS PROCUREMENT INITIATIVE WITH PURCHASE DIRECT

Fix Auto UK has just appointed Purchase Direct to run their Fix Auto Cost Optimisation Programme. This is an important initiative as they seek to develop their longstanding ambition of building the most profitable bodyshop network in the UK.

£900 MILLION CARBON REDUCTION COMMITMENT TAX TO BE AXED: BUT WHO WILL PICK UP THE BILL

The answer is simple: all UK businesses, from 1st April 2019, via an increased Climate Change Levy (CCL) main rate.

KEEP YOUR COST-CUTTING AND PROFITS IN BALANCE

It is possible to cut spending in practically every area of a business – marketing, stationery, courtesy vehicles, utilities etc. However there is a fine line between reducing operating costs to the point that it becomes inefficient and costly and ensuring a company is well resourced to deliver maximum profits.

ENERGY REDUCTION PROGRAMME AT TRUSTFORD

An energy reduction programme at TrustFord, which operates from 65 locations and employs more than 3,000 people, resulted in an 18% drop in energy consumption in 2014 compared with 2013 and savings of more than £200,000 on a seven-figure energy bill.

AWARD WIN FOR ‘BEST ADVICE’ ON ENERGY COST AND CONSUMPTION REDUCTIONS

We are celebrating an award winning achievement after delivering ‘best advice’ which has netted clients six-figure savings on energy bills.