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Purchase Direct gains Assured Supplier Status for NHS Telecoms

We are pleased to announce that Purchase Direct is now an assured supplier, listed within the Better Purchasing Framework (BPf) for the NHS.  This is excellent news as it means we can continue to offer our telephony service to practices across England, whilst they have the security and assurance that we have been approved and adhere to the NHS terms and conditions for practice contracts.

Purchase Direct retain the Investors in People accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Investors in People has awarded Purchase Direct with the ‘We invest in people’ accreditation for the next three years, retaining the standard that has been held consistently since first awarded in 2006.

Purchase Direct Revolutionises the Way Bodyshops Take Payments

The costs to process card payments is one of the biggest overheads for bodyshops. We all know that Visa and Mastercard charge the earth for processing card payments and for many bodyshops, these payments aren’t always secure or PCI compliant.

Purchase Direct achieves carbon neutrality for second consecutive year

Purchase Direct is pleased to announce that the organisation has achieved carbon neutrality in accordance with PAS 2060 for the second year running.

NEW ENVIROPLATE COMES WITH A 30% COST SAVING

We are committed to continuously enhancing our services to deliver unmatched cost savings and improved service levels – whilst exploring innovative products and solutions that prioritise sustainability without compromising quality or performance.

ESOS PHASE 3 UPDATES

The Environment Agency has included some significant updates for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in their latest newsletter.

NEW WASTE TYRE SERVICE CUTS COSTS BY OVER 30%

We are committed to constantly evolve our procurement services to deliver increased cost savings and improved service levels, and we are pleased to share with you that we have launched a new Waste Tyre Collection and Disposal Service through our sister company, Outsourced Waste Ltd.

Confirmation of reporting changes for ESOS Phase 3

Last summer the Environment Agency extended the deadline for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) completion to 5th June 2024, in order to ensure there was reasonable time for participants to meet the planned new ESOS requirements and for assessments to be carried out (extended from 5 December 2023). 

Solar combined with granular reporting significantly reduces energy costs

Solar power generation is nothing new, but with the rising rates of energy and reductions in solar panel costs, many businesses are taking a fresh look at solar power to reduce the impact of energy costs on their business.

£120,000 donated to Save the Children

Since 2017 Purchase Direct has committed to make a fixed charitable donation each month to Save the Children, which this month has reached the grand total of £120,000. 

­­­­ESOS PHASE 3 DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED

Last Summer, the Government announced changes to ESOS (the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) in its response to the ESOS consultation which had been conducted.

­­­­OVER £3,000 RAISED FOR WOMEN’S REFUGE & SUPPORT SERVICE

We were delighted to recently donate £3163 to Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge & Support Service, an independent local charity who provide services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence or abuse.

IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED FOR THE BIG SWITCH OFF?

As the UK transitions to a fully digital communications network, with BT Openreach switching off traditional landlines in 2025, now is the time to assess your current communications set up so that you aware of the upgrades required.

PURCHASE DIRECT ACHIEVES ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION AND CARBON NEUTRALITY STATUS

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved both ISO 14001 Certification and Carbon Neutrality status in line with PAS 2060:2014.

‘Charity Day’ raises over £1,850 for Hearts Milk Bank

Raising funds for worthy charities and supporting the local community is important to the Directors and employees at Purchase Direct and we were delighted to recently donate over £1,850 to Hearts Milk Bank.

PURCHASE DIRECT CELEBRATES FIX AUTO LUTON’S LOWEST CARBON FOOTPRINT AWARD

Purchase Direct has been working with Fix Auto Luton to help them achieve Carbon Neutrality in accordance with PAS 2060 and we were proud to be part of their recent success during the NBRA Greener Bodyshop Awards. 

Purchase Direct supports car retailers with their Franchise Environmental Standards

Purchase Direct has been appointed by BMW Group UK to provide a one-off energy consumption audit for all BMW Retailers and Authorised Repairers in the UK and Ireland.  

HELPING BUSINESSES TO CUT THEIR CREDIT CARD COSTS WITH OPEN BANKING

Purchase Direct has a reputation for finding innovative ways to reduce the cost of doing business and, after researching the opportunities the new open banking regulations meant for processing payments, we knew we could find a solution to help businesses save thousands on debit and credit card payments.

CHARITY EVENT RAISES OVER £2,100 DURING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Our team at Purchase Direct recently supported another worthwhile charity and were delighted to raise the grand total of over £2,100 for Mind in Mid Herts during Mental Health Awareness Week.

PURCHASE DIRECT JOINS CUSTOMERS IN COMMITTING TO CARBON NEUTRALITY

With climate change becoming an increasingly hot topic, it is more difficult for businesses to ignore their own corporate responsibility and we have committed to achieving carbon neutrality status, in accordance with PAS 2060. 

Save thousands with open banking – the fast, secure and cost-effective way to accept customer payments

Open Banking is the revolutionary way for consumers to pay for products and services, utilising the Faster Payment Service alongside ‘Pay by Link’ technology.

Purchase Direct commit to Welwyn Garden City

Purchase Direct has committed to a further 10-year lease at our head office in Welwyn Garden City and the 8,935 square foot open plan office is currently undergoing major refurbishment to provide a superior working environment for our team of 90 staff to return to post COVID-19.

Mobile phone operators reintroduce roaming charges

Vodafone and Three are following EE’s lead by introducing extra charges for some of its customers using their phones in Europe from next year, following the UK’s departure from the EU. 

New Waste Brokerage Scheme

Our procurement services are continually evolving as we strive to generate additional cost savings and improved service levels for our customers.   

A new Waste Brokerage Scheme has recently launched through our sister company Outsourced Waste Ltd, enabling us to offer new and improved waste pricing with better controls on pricing, reporting and management information. 

‘Flubot’ text message scam infecting Android phones

We have been made aware of a text message scam that is affecting Android phones on any mobile network (iPhones are currently unaffected). The scam texts are known as ‘Flubot’ SMS Malware and pretend to be from legitimate businesses. 

Britain’s electricity grid had ‘greenest ever’ day on Easter Monday

Great Britain’s electricity system was the greenest it had ever been at lunchtime on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, reported the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO).

The Targeted Charging Review – what does this mean for business energy costs?

The Targeted Charging Review (TCR) was launched in 2017 to address Ofgem’s concern that the current framework for residual and cost-recovery charging may result in inefficient use of the networks and unfair outcomes for energy users.  The TCR has looked at how electricity network residual charges should be set, for both transmission and distribution. 

Motor dealers to collaborate in legal battle against unfair Interchange Fees

Following the Supreme Court decision in June 2020 that Visa and Mastercard’s multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) were restrictive of competition, Purchase Direct and chartered accountants UHY Hacker Young have joined forces with Freeths LLP to create an insurance backed scheme for eligible retailers to seek compensation for credit and debit card interchange overcharging.  

Are your mobiles protected from SIM swap fraud?

Mobile users are being defrauded of £millions using SIM swap fraud.  SIM swapping provides a way for cybercriminals to gain access your personal data and accounts by hijacking your mobile phone number and having your calls go to a SIM in another device.   

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.

CORONAVIRUS – AND NOW A COLLAPSING OPEC+ DEAL: WHERE DO OIL PRICES GO FROM HERE?

Oil prices slumped 30% upon opening on Monday 9th March – the biggest one-day % fall since the 1991 Gulf War. A slight upturn followed, with oil markets settling at a 25% drop for the day.

Oil prices have been hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China oil prices hit lows of $53, the lowest levels in 12 months, following a 20% drop in the market. This drop in the oil price fuelled the bearish (downward) sentiments in Gas and Electric markets.

Puchase Direct’s Energy Management Programme supports TrustFord in achieving 5th consecutive Green Apple Award

TrustFord has again been acknowledged for the 5th consecutive year, for its commitment to environmental best practice in The Green World Awards 2019. 

£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.  

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