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School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) /
energy case study
School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) is an exempt educational charity. Its Directors, who are currently appointed on a voluntary basis, are drawn from the public and private sector, and bring significant educational and other professional expertise. SPTA acts as a multi-academy sponsor with a clear geographical context, mainly in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
At the time, increasing energy prices led to the educa-tion sector looking at alternative ways of purchasing electricity and gas for their sites. Traditionally schools would look to local councils and purchasing groups to negotiate their energy, but they decided they would like an independent review of their current energy costs so Blue Castle Group were instructed.
Firstly we wanted to review all current invoices and in doing so we identified charges not applicable to an academy group, this had previously not been identified, which resulted in a large refund and all billing rectified for the future. In line with the academy groups value for money incentive, we knew we would have to undertake a formal tender process for the whole group which would allow us to source the most competitive and suitable deal for them.
We secured SPTA’s contracts when the market was at its lowest point for several months and to ensure a smooth transition a Key Account Manager at Blue Castle was on hand to deal with terminated process of existing suppliers.
Blue Castle also implemented a Smart Meter roll out to give all schools real-time feedback on energy usage as well as the ability to be billed for exactly what they consume. In addition to this, a full water analysis has also been instructed.
Since SPTA instructed Blue Castle we have achieved a combined saving of 14% and additionally procured energy certificate for many of their site.
how our client feels
We have used the Blue Castle Group for over 3 years on both Energy & Waste services and have been extremely happy with the service we have received. The level of expertise and professionalism is 2nd to none and if there is ever a question or query it is resolved speedily and effectively. Overall a fantastic team to work with!