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Suffolk Punches Above Its Weight

The Business Advisory Service has won the contract to provide energy consultancy services to support the management of the a public sector framework which is operated by Vertas Group Ltd, the facility management arm for Suffolk County Council.

The framework will provide energy related services including procurement and data management to be delivered to a portfolio of customers ranging from schools, health centres and local councils. This contract secures Business Advisory Service’s (BAS) position as a major supplier to the public sector, with the company managing all of the gas and electricity purchased under the programme over the next few years.

BAS were engaged to support Vertas Global Ltd in creating a portfolio and procurement management platform that provides the framework with transparency of the energy markets and total visibility portfolio of thousands of electricity and gas meters.

Head of Energy for Vertas, Lisa Galbraith said: “BAS has the experience and expertise necessary to manage large energy portfolios and bring a full suite of energy services for the benefit of our customers.”

Energy forms an integral part of every public building in the country and in recent years, delivered energy prices have been increasing significantly, putting even greater pressure on local authority budgets. In addition, public sector purchasing through the traditional frameworks has meant that once committed, there has been little control over the prices they receive or the service levels they enjoy. The BAS/Vertas managed framework for Suffolk County Council enables the portfolio to have more flexibility in securing competitive energy prices, receive exceptional customer service and be able to access a full suite of energy related services for years to come.

Picture: The Suffolk County Council building

Article written by Robin Snow

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