Successful Start for Chamber Partnership

As the year draws to a close, Greater Birmingham Chambers is reflecting on the first three months of its strategic partnership with utility consultants, Inspired Energy plc. 

Having announced the collaboration back in September, the partnership is off to a great start, with the Inspired Energy team getting involved in several high-profile Chamber events, including the Autumn Expo, Future Faces dinner, and more recently, the Asian Business Chamber Awards.

Joining forces has been beneficial to both sides, allowing Inspired Energy to grow visibility regionally, whilst giving the Chamber’s 3000 members access to an extensive range of utility solutions and exclusive benefits.

Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive at GBCC, said: “Energy and utilities are crucial resources for any business. However, these can often be costly resources, so the service Inspired Energy provide in helping firms get the most for their money is invaluable.  Not only has the Chamber’s partnership helped us to make significant savings within our own business, it is now allowing many of our member companies the opportunity to explore how they can reduce their energy bills through the offer of a free energy health-check.”

Feedback from members has been extremely positive – Rene van Heezik, Managing Director of Vanriet UK Ltd commented: “We used Inspired Energy for our recent contract renewals. They provided a seamless service and beat my search price. I’d definitely recommend.”

The Chamber itself has seen first-hand the benefits of Inspired Energy’s solutions – the Chamber’s energy usage is managed by the consultancy. Shakir Whayeb, Director of IT for GBCC, said: “With over 30 businesses residing at Chamber House, utilities cost is a substantial part of our building management budget. We’re always striving to save energy and reduce cost and with the help of our partner, Inspired Energy, we are able to achieve significant savings on our energy spend.”

Ben Beetham, Partnership Director at Inspired Energy plc, added: “We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far as the preferred energy partner of the GBCC.  Small businesses are under a lot of pressure financially and as environmental legislation shows no signs of slowing down, we’re on hand to help energy-consumers of all sizes with everything from procurement to legislative compliance and carbon reduction strategies. In a small space of time, we’ve forged some great relationships within the West Midlands business community, and we’re excited to continue this good work into 2020 and beyond.”

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