St Thomas More Roman Catholic Academy has saved £7,000 on their energy contracts with School Switch.
With his gas contract due for renewal, Anthony Gollings, Director of Finance and Support Services at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Academy in North Shields decided to see if he could get a better deal with School Switch.
Anthony is really pleased with the service as it helped him save around £7,000 compared to other renewal quotes.
The fact that School Switch has been developed by the Crown Commercial Service and the Department for Education reassures him that he’s got a good deal. He also has more confidence in the prices than if he’d gone through an energy broker.
I wish this existed three years ago
Anthony heard about School Switch through his local School Business Manager Network and said:
“I wish this service existed three years ago when I was first looking to get a better energy deal. School Switch is very welcome – the site is simple and straightforward and I would definitely use it again.”
One piece of advice Anthony wanted to share was this:
“Don’t wait until just before your contract expires to use the service, just in case it isn’t possible to get contracts signed in the timeframe required. While instantaneous quotes appear immediately, bespoke quotes can take a couple of weeks so I would recommend starting at least a month or two before your current contract expires.”
Why he chose School Switch
Anthony had previously used local authority buying organisations to buy energy for his school but found that he wasn’t able to get a fixed price and that the prices weren’t transparent. He also tried an energy broker but found this option more problematic, leading to him having to deal with the energy supplier directly to resolve an issue that arose with the broker.
Anthony explained that the role of a school business manager is very diverse, and as you need a good breadth of knowledge across a wide range of subjects, it’s unlikely that you will be an expert in energy:
“The time that School Switch can save and the confidence it gives is really good, especially for those less knowledgeable about the energy industry.”
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