A recent survey of over 250 convenience retailers has shown that energy costs are a threat to the future of their business. 46% of those retailers believe that they have an ‘unfair’ or ‘very unfair’ deal from their energy supplier. Complaints included – crippling rates, inflexible payment terms and long, extended contracts.
Smartsavings has successfully saved retailers £thousands over the years on their electricity contracts. Get in touch and see what we can do.
Of those stores surveyed, 84% have no written age verification policy; 47% have no warning signage and 79% have no documented training in place.
Smartsavings works with a national provider of compliance checking services. Get in touch to find out more. It could save your business or at the very least help you to avoid a punitive fine.
TPR issued over 5700 fines of £400 or more during the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 50% vs the previous quarter.
Are you compliant? Smartsavings works with AEclipse to provide competitive solutions for workplace pensions. Get in touch and see how inexpensive it can be. Don’t risk being fined.
Rising inflation is only one of the factors driving up convenience retailers costs. Smartsavings can save you money on the everyday costs of doing business.
ATMs are proven to increase footfall, drive profitability and save the retailer money.
Smartsavings works with YourCash, one of the largest ATM providers in Europe. If you are one of the 46% without an ATM, contact Smartsavings about installing an ATM at no cost to you.
This includes £131m of theft by customers and staff. That equates to £5475 per store. Are you taking all the measures you should to protect your business against people stealing from you?
Smartsavings has some of the solutions you need, from alarms, cctv, cash safes, insurance and cash collection services.
According to analysis by the Retail Economics / Retail Week cost base index, operational costs rose by 4% in Q4 2016, the biggest increase since 2014. The biggest contributor is increased Labour costs. With inflation forecast to hit 3% during the year, the outlook on costs is very challenging for retailers in 2017.
Smartsavings is a proven means of reducing costs through its 22 pre-negotiated deals for key operational services.
In the 3rd quarter of 2016, the Pension Regulator issued 15,000 non-compliance notices to small businesses. This compares with 11,000 issued in the previous 3.5 years.
The regulator also imposed more than 3 times the number of fines of up to £10,000 per day on businesses, than it had done in the previous 3.5 years.
In 2017 over 700,000 small employers (0-30 employees) will have to start offering a workplace pension. Don’t risk your business by not complying. At Smartsavings we have a great, cost-effective solution for you.
Congratulations to Midshire, our supplier of copiers, on winning this award.
Since the introduction of the NLW earlier this year, retailers have been successfully using Smartsavings to reduce their business costs and in so doing, to mitigate the cost impact of the NLW.
Make sure you are using Smartsavings to reduce your costs as the cost to you of paying the NLW increases in 2017.
Our supplier Cashtec can help you to ensure that your cash counting/weighing equipment is able to deal with the new coin. Remember that there will be an overlap period of 6 months when you will have to accept both the current and new £1 coin.
This website provides lots of information about the new coin.
Research shows that when you have a cash machine in store, users spend a larger proportion of this cash in store than other shoppers. Make sure you cash in by getting yourself a ‘free to use’ cash machine from YourCash through Smartsavings.
The falling £ and the rising oil price mean that the cost of electricity is increasing. But did you know that the cost of electricity makes up less than half of the price you pay on your bill? The fastest rising element of cost are the government’s ‘Green Levies’ and these will increase each year.
Make sure you use the free Smartsavings’ expert energy contract renewal service to ensure that you get the best deal available.
According to analysis of the Pension Regulator’s data, around 55,000 small businesses have only a limited understanding of their duty to provide staff with a pension and are at risk of being fined for non-compliance.
Avoid the risk by using Smartsavings’ pension expert to put your workplace pension in place.
To help you select the most effective services for your business, use our guide to show you what the benefits could be. Find it here
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It couldn’t be easier to follow us using your smartphone and keep up to date with the different ways to make savings using Smartsavings.
We have a new deal launching soon which offers a hassle free solution to Auto Enrolment.
Smartsavings LED lighting solutions are providing retailers with excellent savings on energy bills and improving store lighting.
The Smartsavings team are here to help, just give us a call if you need any information.
The new Food Information Regulation comes into force on 13th December and will affect every Food Business Operator (FBO) preparing their own food products for resale.
The main purpose of the act is to protect allergy sufferers from eating products harmful to them. There are also some potentially serious consequences for retailers not complying with the Act.
If you are affected by this then please read the attached advisory bulletin for more information.
If you have any further queries please contact the Smartsavings Team directly on 01275 390511. Posted 10/11/2014
Smartsavings have selected Cashzone as their preferred supplier for ATMs.
By providing your customers with an ATM you could:
A Cashzone ATM could offer you a zero-investment, zero-effort revenue stream.
If you think your store could benefit from an ATM, call the Smartsavings Team on 01275 390511 or select the ATM deal from the deals page. Posted 21/10/2014
Everyone is looking to save money on their energy costs and this is one of our most popular deals. Since launching with Conviviality Retail, franchisees who have used our energy broker have saved an average of 10.5% a year on their energy costs. That’s over £500 a year.
If you are ready to find out what you can save on your energy bills, call 01275 390511 today or click on the Energy Contract icon on the deals page. Posted 22/09/2014
We could save you ££££ on your waste collections.
Our supplier, 1st Waste Management, offers general waste collection from as little as £6.50 per collection and from just £4.50 per collection for dry mixed recyclate.
If you are interested in getting a free quote for your waste removal needs please contact us today on 01275 390511. Posted 18/08/2014
Our Pest Control supplier, Mitie, specialise in the retail and retail distribution sectors and offer fantastic value and quality of service.
All of their services are handled in-house with no subcontracting ensuring that their work is completed to high standards of Health and Safety, quality and environmental compliance.
If you would like to find out more about what’s included in our Pest Control deal contact the team directly on 01275 390511 or take a look at the deals page today. Posted 28/07/2014
The presence of a CCTV camera is a strong visual sign to would-be intruders that your property is being watched and acts as a great first-line deterrent.
Our new deal with UK Security Company will help you to plan and put together a CCTV system that covers the whole of your property at a highly competitive rate.
Make sure that your property is safe and visit the deals page today for more information, or contact the Smartsavings Team directly on 01275 390511. Posted 17/07/2014
Smartsavings gives you access to an impartial energy broker who will use his contacts with the ‘Big 6’ energy suppliers to try to beat your current renewal quote.
This is a free, no obligation service and once you have used The Bottom Line, they will contact you prior to any subsequent renewal dates to offer to optimise your utility charges again. This means you will never miss a renewal and can rest assured that your energy costs are being managed effectively.
If your current contract is coming close to its renewal, check out the Energy Contract deal on the deals page or contact us directly on 01275 390511. Posted 16/07/2014
Smartsavings telecoms partner, Global 4, offer solutions to a wide range of businesses across many different sectors.
With over 100,000 lines serviced on a 30 day rolling contract, Global 4 are the masters of flexible telephony. What’s more, with affordable rates and 24/7 UK based support, it’s clear to see why they are the preferred supplier to many high street names.
For more information check out the deal page today or contact the Smartsavings team directly on 01275 390511. Posted 12/06/2014
Ensure compliance for age related purchases.
Our partner, Serve Legal, can provide independent test purchase services for retailers of age restricted products across the UK at a highly competitive rate.
From just £29 per visit you can make sure that your staff are checking young people for ID and not serving alcohol or other age restricted products to underage customers. Failure to comply with UK laws could cost you up to £5,000 in fines, loss of liquor license or possible custodial sentences for persistent offenders.
Make sure that you are protecting yourself and others by selecting the age testing deal from the deals page today, or contact the Smartsavings team on 01275 390511 for more information. Posted 05/06/2014
Save yourself time and money with an Independent Stocktake……
We all understand the importance of accurate inventory control and the effect that this has on the operation and profitability of your business. So take the time to visit the deal page today and have a look at our fantastic new deal with stocktaking specialists Real Time Inventory Management. You’ll be amazed at how affordable this service can be.
We have negotiated a fantastic, all inclusive rate for all Conviviality franchisees so check it out now or call the Smartsavings team directly on 01275 390511. Posted 29/05/2014
Are you looking for a new and innovative way to save money on your energy bills?
We have already received a number of queries from franchisees who want to find out more about how they can save money with a low cost Voltage Optimisation unit. Our partner, Fusion of Power, can provide and install the unit which will save you money as soon as it is installed. Typical savings can be on average 12% of your business energy costs. In some cases, Fusion of Power will even guarantee you savings and pay you £100 if not achieved. Visit the deals page for more information about how the units work and what you need to do to organise a free site survey to find out how much you could save. You can even have a unit fitted in your home so that you make savings there too! Posted 15/05/2014
Keep your money safe, protect yourself from forgeries and save valuable time…
Smartsavings has negotiated some fantastic prices on a range of cash handling products with their partner Cashtec.
Products include: Note and Cash scales, detector pens, coin sorters, safes and much more.
Whether you are counting your cash, moving it, securing it or checking it there is a safe and secure solution available for you.
Can you afford not to take a look at this offer? Visit the deal page now or contact the Smartsavings team directly on 01275 390511. Posted 12/05/2014
Are you spending too much money on accountants or bookkeepers? Or too much time trying to manage your books yourself?
Our partner, Mazuma, offer remote bookkeeping and accountancy services from as little as £18 per month for Sole Traders and £54 per month for Limited Companies and Partnerships. Mazuma, believe in making life as simple as possible for you by using their award winning Purpleforce service. All you have to do is:
There are no extra bills or hidden costs and the payment is spread across the year so cash flow is friendly for you.
All Smartsavings customers are also eligible for a no-obligation free trial for the first month so there is no reason not to give it a try.
If this sounds like something you could benefit from, visit the deals page now or contact us directly on 01275 390511. Posted 24/04/2014
Our partner, ESL Services, is offering Smartsavings customers a special price of just £90 per candidate for this qualification which is needed to apply for your personal license to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol in Scotland. Click here for more details of the offer and how to make a booking. Posted 14/04/2014
We have now been live with Conviviality retailers for just over 3 weeks and its been a great start! It was fantastic to see so many of you at the franchise meetings and to have the opportunity to talk about all the great savings we can offer. We have been receiving a steady stream of enquiries from stores looking to take advantage of our great offers. So far, the most popular deals are energy savings, voltage optimisation, ATM’s and pest control. We are looking forward to attending more franchise meetings in the future and getting to know more retailers. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all about Smartsavings and what we can do for, you then get in touch here. Posted 08/04/2014
Our balers supplier has recently changed their company name from Miltek to QCR Recycling equipment. They have also put together a fantastic special offer exclusively for Smartsavings customers on their 2 most popular products. If you are interested in saving money on your waste then take a closer look at the Offer Details. Please note that this special price is available for a limited time only. Posted 08/04/2014
A very warm welcome from the Smartsavings team to all Conviviality retailers! Your new Smartsavings website is now live and we are really excited to have you on board. We look forward to seeing you at the franchise meetings when we can tell you a bit more about Smartsavings and how it can save you both money and time. In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback please feel free to contact us. Posted 18/03/2014
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