General News

CUTTING THE COST OF COMMERCE SINCE 1995

Purchase Direct is celebrating its 25th Birthday this year having been in business since August 1995.  Back then, most businesses still used BT for their telecom, their local electricity company, British Gas for gas and mobile phones were quite a bit bigger. 

Important to act now as Motor Dealers are losing £000’s through credit card refund fraud

There has been a consistent increase in card terminals being stolen from car dealerships to perform refund frauds. It has been reported that criminals are entering dealerships, distracting the salesperson and taking the PDQ terminal to process refunds.

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST VISA AND MASTERCARD IN INTERCHANGE FEE BATTLE

Credit card firms could face significant damages running into billions of pounds in claims after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Visa and MasterCard, in favour of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains; ruling that fees the credit card companies were charging retailers restricted competition. 

PURCHASE DIRECT ARE PROUD TO BE HELPING NHS STAFF STAY SAFE WITH THE PROCUREMENT OF PPE

The team at Purchase Direct have been providing critical support to GP Surgeries by procuring essential PPE for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

Whilst Purchase Direct is prioritising everyone’s wellbeing, including our staff, customers and suppliers, we’re still working remotely from the safety of our homes.

£2,244 RAISED FOR THE OUTSIDE PROJECT HOMELESS SHELTER

Purchase Direct recently supported The Outside Project, the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Crisis/Homeless Shelter and Community Centre, by raising a total of £2,244.52 for the charity.

O2 launches 5G phone coverage

O2 has switched on its 5G network, the last of the UK’s mobile operators to do so. The network will initially be available in five cities for O2 customers – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds and London – followed by a further 20 towns and cities before the end of the year. 

FEARS SETTLE AFTER OIL PRICES SOAR FOLLOWING ATTACKS ON SAUDI FACILITIES

Following the drone attacks at the weekend in Saudi Arabia on their largest oil processing plants, oil prices initially surged 20% at the start of trading on Monday with the Brent Crude benchmark seeing its biggest jump in about 30 years.  

‘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.

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

‘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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.