A Charitable Trust was able to use our complimentary aggregation service which allowed them to access competitive rates and resulted in significant cost and efficiency savings.

The requirement

CCS was approached by a registered charity that supports older people to live better lives by developing and operating mixed tenure retirement villages across the UK, which foster a sense of community.

The charity sought to procure a utilities framework in order to have a more streamlined approach and to demonstrate better value for money for the charity’s utility spend. The Trust spends a significant amount on utilities each year, therefore, any efforts to reduce costs are crucial for the organisation. 

The solution 

The Trust were able to benefit from the high level of expertise provided by CCS’s dedicated team of account managers who guided them through the process – step by step – and helped them to choose the best solution based on their needs. 

Using aggregation, also known as collective buying, CCS were able to offer the Trust highly competitive prices and favourable terms from the framework suppliers. Also, it enabled the Trust to have all utility suppliers under similar contracts.

The Result

The winning supplier was able to provide a 8.5% cashable saving. The invoicing process was streamlined and made easier with all invoices coming from one rather than multiple  utility suppliers.

The Trust’s Business Efficiency Manager, commented, 

‘Being part of this CCS framework affords us the opportunity to access highly competitive rates for our utilities which is a significant spend for our organisation. As well as the cost benefits it impacts our efficiency with savings in staff time/capacity, due to the procurement support available. We are happy with the service received from CCS and would recommend others consider joining the framework.’

More about our Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services 2 framework:

Over 500 of our customers are already enjoying the benefits that our Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services 2 framework has to offer. This includes retail savings of up to 10% and access to efficiency savings such as:

  • the cost and administrative resource of running your own procurement – typically about £45,000
  • water services which contribute towards carbon reduction and energy efficiency strategies
  • initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, automated meter reading (AMR), infrastructure installation, water footprint optimisation and leak detection to reduce water consumption
  • up to 14 suppliers, including SMEs, available to compete for your business demonstrating open and fair competition
  • proactive supplier management from a dedicated energy team for the life of the contract

Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services 2 is split into 3 lots:

  • Lot 1: Water and Waste Water Services – for water supply
  • Lot 2: Ancillary Services – designed to help you better manage water usage
  • Lot 3: One Stop Shop – choose a single supplier for both water supply and consumption management

You can find a full list of all the commercial agreements we offer, alongside details of how we can help you build policy considerations into your procurement, in our interactive digital brochure.