Auditel – Jon Alford

Helping organisations on their journey to Net Zero in a measurable, meaningful, and potentially self-funding way.

I am passionate about helping businesses effectively control and minimize their carbon footprint. I firmly believe in the crucial role of sustainable practices and am dedicated to guiding businesses towards environmentally responsible solutions through a comprehensive carbon reduction plan. At Auditel, our team of experts excels in identifying emission reduction opportunities and implementing energy-efficient measures that not only benefit the planet but also lead to substantial cost savings for businesses. With the right support and expertise, businesses can achieve their sustainability goals while optimising their financial performance, creating a win-win scenario for both the environment and their bottom line.

As a seasoned technical director and advisor in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), I leverage my extensive knowledge and experiences to deliver the best solutions supported by measurable performance indicators. By providing clients with clear data points and insights, I enable them to make more informed decisions, allowing them to focus on growth while effectively managing resources. By cutting costs, businesses can free up valuable funds to invest in their people and drive business development.

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ABOUT

In the current challenging economic climate, organisations are battling with the desire to drive growth and profitability, whilst investing in low carbon emitting technologies to reduce their carbon footprint and speed up their journey to Net Zero. There is also the ever-increasing pressure in competitive tenders, consumer led demand, and internal staff resources, which means all companies are facing the challenge of decarbonisation and gaining recognised credentials for their environmental activity. Failure to address this runs the risk of losing out on competitive tenders and market share to other suppliers.

The challenge in addressing all these issues is then compounded by increasing scrutiny of environmental claims by investors, Government, consumers and environmental charities. The aim of engagement is to help organisations not just to navigate their path to Verified Carbon Neutral on their journey to Net Zero, but to fund it through our cost savings and procurement solutions from within the business where possible.

As part of the Auditel network I can call upon the support of over 100 procurement & carbon specialists who are all experts in their own field and we cover over 100 different cost categories, from energy to laundry, waste management to mobiles, office stationery to consumables. If a business is spending money on it, we can manage it on their behalf and deliver greater value than they could achieve themselves. I bring these experts in on a project-by-project basis for my clients to give them the expertise just when they need it. Our procurement specialists work alongside our clients Finance, Operational & Procurement teams providing the external help their organisation requires to deliver business transformation and sustainability. This saves clients time, money and heartache and gives them complete peace of mind that their expenditure is under control and they’re always on the most appropriate deals that offer the best value. This allows them to do what they do best: focus on growing the business.

Our Process

Our key focus is on making it as easy as possible for our clients to do business with us. From first engagement, through programme delivery, to on-going supplier management, we keep the process simple, allowing us to understand our client’s business objectives, align expectations and ensure the appropriate solutions are identified, agreed and implemented.

Carbon

Delivering Carbon Solutions to REDUCE your EMISSIONS and COSTS

In the current challenging economic climate, organisations are battling with the desire to drive growth and profitability, whilst investing in low carbon emitting technologies to reduce their carbon footprint and speed up their journey to achieving Net Zero.

NET ZERO DOES NOT HAVE TO COST THE EARTH

We help our clients on their journey towards Net Zero by simplifying the process. We begin with a couple of easy steps, which could lead you to be verified as Carbon Neutral within 12 months, to an internationally recognised standard.

Using our procurement expertise, we make sure any actions taken to improve your environmental credentials have a strong and potentially self-funding business case, because we truly believe that being Carbon Neutral doesn’t need to cost the Earth.

ACHIEVE BSI SPECIFICATION FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

With the UK Government’s commitment to a low carbon world, the drive to carbon neutrality and achieving net zero is dominating organisations’ future decision making. However, many organisations believe the changes that they will have to make to achieve net zero will be time-consuming, costly and with all the conflicting information, a little daunting. This is far from the truth, as there are many incentives to help businesses become greener and leaner without costing the earth.

Using Auditel’s simple 4 step process (shown below), we can help your organisation demystify and provide clarity to this complex subject of achieving net zero. We deliver expert guidance and resources so you can achieve a BSI recognised specification for carbon neutrality as soon as possible, while you progress on the longer-term net zero journey.

Auditel’s 4 Step Process to BSI PAS 2060 Verification 

Measure, Reduce, Offset, Verify  

industries / clients / sectors

Auditel has expertise in many different areas of expenditure which we have broken down into these cost groups. This means that we can advise you on new innovative products, services, policies and processes that can eradicate profit leaks and deliver a significant competitive advantage.

We also deliver some categories overseas for multi-nationals with a UK-presence.

Banking & Finance
Credit Insurance

Foreign Exchange
Invoice Finance
Merchant Cards
Taxation & Allowances

Business Supplies & Services
Archive, Storage & Shredding

Health Care & Medical Supplies
Janitorial Services & Supplies
Laundry
Office Furnishings
Office Supplies & Stationery
Packaging
Workwear & PPE

Catering
Catering Consumables

Contract Catering
Kitchen Equipment
Vending Machines

Communications & Technology
Artificial Intelligence
Business Continuity
Data Networking Infrastructure
Equipment & Maintenance
Fixed Line Communications
Hardware Procurement
ICT Services
Managed Services
Mobile Devices
Robotics
Software Procurement
Unified Communications

Compliance
Data Protection
Energy
Environmental
Food
General Waste
Hazardous & Clinical Waste Management
Health & Safety
Human Resources
Insurance
Travel

Logistics, Transport & Travel
Couriers
Fleet Management
Forklift Trucks
Freight
Fuel
Haulage
Insurance
Materials Handling Equipment
Pallets
Travel
Vehicular Communications
Vehicle Leasing & Sourcing
Vehicle Tracking
Warehousing

Premises & Property
Business Rates
Contract Cleaning
Engineering & Electrical Consumables
Facilities Management
Fire Systems & Equipment
Grounds Maintenance
HVAC
Maintenance & Repair
Pest Control
Property Management
Security Systems & Equipment
Washrooms

Print & Postage
Business Machines
Digital Marketing
DX
Fulfilment
Hybrid Mail
Mailing Solutions
Managed Print Solutions
Marketing Print
Operational Print & Postage
Photocopiers
Postage
Print
Workflow

Utilities & Environmental
Electricity
Energy Efficiency
Gas
Recycling
Renewable Energy
Sustainability
Waste & Environmental Services
Waste Water & Sewerage
Water

In the current climate, with heightened levels of uncertainty and budgets being stretched, Auditel are your trusted partner to ensure you are maximising every opportunity.

Regardless of which industry or sector you’re in, for example; manufacturing, charity, retail, financial services, or education – our independent analysis unlocks cash that once identified, will be redirected back into your control. It’s then up to you to choose how to utilise it, either by delivering addition dividends to shareholders, reinvesting it back into the company’s growth via new initiatives or innovative products and services.

Across the UK the Auditel network assists over 2,000 clients of all sectors. We don’t claim to specialise in certain industries as each client is unique and we find that the client relationship is key, more than their given sector.

From national charities and household names, to independent retailers and education providers our experience gathered over the last 21 years means we’ve encountered and resolved most supplier issues for our clients.

Each project for each client is unique, and no organisation should promise savings in resources or finance until a full review has been conducted, however as examples here are some savings achieved for our clients;

Chartered Accountants
Electricity: 25%
Telecoms: 36%
Stationery: 30%
Insurance: 14%
Waste: 9%

Kitchen Manufacturers
Electricity: 33%
Gas: 19%
Fixed Line: 32%
Mobile: 51%

Solicitors
Card Payments: 24%
Water Rates: 29%
Hygiene Services: 39%
Waste & Recycling: 55%
Postage & DX: 23%

Private School
Electricity: £65,000
Gas: £19,000
Water: £4,000
VAT Refund – Electricity: £32,000
VAT Refund – Gas: £3,000
Climate Change Levy Refund: £26,000

It is of course about more than savings, this Commercial Truck Dealer and Vehicle Rental client also cited the following benefits;

  • Liaison with contractors during expansion
  • Bespoke reporting on larger consuming meters
  • Enhanced management reporting
  • Independent ongoing cost-centre reviews
  • Assistance with meter issues and replacement
  • Support on ESOS compliance, Phase 1 and 2, and SECR compliance

“Auditel has worked with us for many years on energy procurement and management and has recently delivered projects on waste management, hygiene services and recruitment agency procurement. These projects have resulted in significant direct annual savings and enhanced our internal processes, so we are also benefiting from indirect cost savings on administration and staff time.”

Procurement and Contracts ManagerYMCA St Paul’s Group

“Auditel arrived at a very good time for us. We were growing really fast with new acquisitions but without the resource or expertise to improve our procurement processes. Gill and Gordon impressed from the outset with their knowledge and professionalism and I was confident that they would deliver.”

Paul LawesChief Financial Officer.

“To a relatively small charity, Auditel are a breath of fresh air. You always know where you are with them. They do what they say they are going to do and are completely honest.”

Shaun NeedhamChief Executive

“The motivation was simply to not spend any more than we need to on purchases. By engaging Auditel we have the peace of mind that we have engaged sector experts who know the best commercial deals and service levels available.”

Andrew Wood,Finance Director
suppliers

Since 1994 the Auditel network across the UK has invested significant effort into nurturing and developing successful relationships with reputable suppliers. Our independence ensures we remain agile enough to engage with those new to a sector, should we believe it to be in our clients’ interests, and equally to no longer engage if that becomes appropriate.

We maintain a significant national supplier database, capable of serving the requirements of the most demanding of UK wide organisations. In addition we recognise the often cultural and environmental value of regional and local suppliers and work hard to cultivate effective relationships in all cost area sectors.

With our help, our clients are introduced to suppliers with competitively priced products and services, fair & reasonable terms, reliable billing provision and proven customer service. Equally the suppliers we engage with are introduced to client opportunities they would not usually be aware of or able to tender for, and with little expense from a sales and marketing perspective.

Many suppliers attend the annual Auditel UK Supplier Exhibition – a great way to further develop working relationships and demonstrate evolving products and services to the Auditel network.

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