Collaborative Savings

Small changes can make big differences and together we have the power to drive down costs.

We want Lichfield to be a place where town centre businesses come, stay and prosper. In order to achieve this we are introducing a Joint Procurement Scheme which uses collective buying power. With ever-increasing costs and squeezed margins we understand businesses find themselves under increasing pressure.

This is why we have set up a partnership with Meercat Associates to create the Lichfield BID Joint Procurement Scheme which aims to deliver financial benefits directly to you.

This scheme is paid for and managed by Lichfield BID, free to BID members, and can save you time and money. Meercat Associates are specialists in sourcing and managing contracts for individual businesses and has a track record of partnership working with BIDs across the country. Meercat Associates manage the whole process on your behalf, including finding the most appropriate service, securing the best deal and managing all your contracts and future renewals, ensuring you are always on the best rates.

BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS

  • Savings on a range of your core business costs
  • Meercat Associates manage the process from start to finish saving you time
  • Meercat Associates take no commission so all the savings found are yours
  • Take the stress out of sourcing the best deals
  • Friendly service with no call centres and no unsolicited calls ALL AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO BID MEMBERS

All these Meercat services are exclusive to our BID Members and at no additional cost. Please get in touch to find out more.

To enquire about any of the services in this brochure, contact Meercat Associates directly on 01444 416529 or email: savings@meercatassociates.com.

To start cutting your costs and saving money, Meercat Associates will simply need a copy of your recent bills which will be analysed in confidence. You will be kept up to date on the progress and outcomes will be reported to you in a matter of weeks. If you would like to progress with a service where a saving has been identified, Meercat Associates will help manage the termination process and set up new contracts.

For further information or to ask any questions concerning Lichfield BID please contact David Tomalin on 01543 251713 or email: d.tomalin@birmingham-chamber.com.

Lichfield BID Limited
2nd Floor, The Mount,
2 Trent Valley Road,
Lichfield, WS13 6EG

Electricity & Gas

Electricity and Gas markets are volatile and finding the best deal is complex and time consuming for our members. That’s why we are here to do it for you. Meercat Associates will monitor and manage your contracts to ensure Lichfield BID members are always on the best market rates. If you are currently tied into a contract, Meercat will plan and secure the best terms in preparation for the renewal and, by tracking contracts, will ensure that your contract is terminated at the right time to prevent it from rolling to a higher rate. Meercat energy experts are on hand to ensure that you have the right energy strategy. PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 40%

Water

In April 2017 the commercial water market in England became deregulated. Businesses in England will be able to choose their water supplier, rather than being tied to their default, location driven provider. It is envisaged that deregulation will therefore lead to competition amongst suppliers, with savings available to businesses who are prepared to test the market. Meercat Associates will be using their wealth of experience in dealing with the national suppliers to help Lichfield BID members minimise their water bills, managing the process from start to finish. PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 40%

Merchant Fees

Meercat Associates will advise you of the best and most up to date products to suit your specific needs; whether that is accepting payments online, in-store or over the phone. Last year, VISA and Mastercard reduced their rates to the banks, but in some cases these savings were not passed onto businesses. In other BIDs that Meercat Associates work with, some businesses who have not recently reviewed their merchant accounts have saved 60% or more. Just submit a recent merchant account invoice and Meercat will produce a report showing potential savings for your business. PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 60%

Telecommunications

Technology changes daily. Landlines, mobiles and broadband can result in many different suppliers or countless line items, which makes comparison with market rates confusing. Meercat Associates are telecom experts and will navigate this complex market and use group purchasing power to secure the best rates. Simply provide the most recent bills and Meercat will do all the work for you. PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 30%

Safety & Testing

By law, every business has to ensure that its building and equipment is safe and tested regularly. Meercat Associates can take care of and reduce your costs for: Fire Risk Assessments Health & Safety Risk Assessments Display Screen Equipment Assessments Legionella Water Testing Periodic Inspection Reporting Fire Alarm Testing Fire Extinguisher Servicing Emergency Lighting Testing PAT Testing Electrical Maintenance - Planned & Reactive PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 40%

Insurance

By bringing together and negotiating for businesses within the same sector, Meercat Associates can consolidate your needs and offer better premiums. Meercat will do all the work for you and provide you with all the support needed. PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 10%

Pest Control

Urban areas are always going to have pest activity and Lichfield is no exception. Pest controllers will work behind the scenes and keep this annoyance under control in both food and non-food environments. Pests aren’t concerned by property boundaries, Meercat Associates will also provide coordination with neighbouring businesses to help keep the problem in check. PROSPECTIVE SAVINGS - 25%