Auditel delivers savings for Trafford Community Leisure Trust

Auditel consultant Mike Andrews first met John Matson, an Area Manager, when they had recently become a Charitable Trust, having previously been part of the council.

Trafford Community Leisure Trust has been providing local leisure facilities for the Trafford community since April 2003. The Trust facilities are made up of 7 leisure centres and 2 golf courses.

The Trust’s most pressing issue was to secure a climate change levy exemption for two of their CHP plants.

Armed with the challenge to maintain the CHP plants ccl exemption Mike enlisted the help of Auditel consultants Judith and Peter Ashurst. Through careful analysis and the subsequent calculations an impressive rebate totalling £27,000 was achieved. Furthermore, to prevent there being a need to undertake these calculations in the future they set out to have all the sites registered as charities for energy use. This meant proving that a significant percentage of the Trust was of a charitable nature and not run for profit. TCLT can now not only claim a climate change levy rebate on all sites but they are also exempt from all further calculations to be done on the CHP plants.

The Trust’s electricity and gas supplies are in contract until 2007 and 2009. However a further 31% saving was achieved on one site that was out of contract. Mike and the team are continuing to help the trust manage their energy suppliers as well as advising on ways to reduce energy consumption to become more environmentally friendly.

After the savings found as a result of the energy audit, TCLT invited the Auditel consultants to carry out cost management reviews of other essential services expenditure. An ongoing 10% saving was achieved on water bills for non-return to sewer costs, as well as a £5,000 rebate. About to be implemented is a 36% saving on the Trust’s call charges and savings have also been found by changing the existing phone arrangements. These savings can be invested back into TCLT’s communications in the new phone system which will free up staff time by the introduction of features such as voice mail and auto attendant.