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Broadband services are business critical. Too many pubs disappoint customers with poor provision. Quality broadband is essential to satisfy demand. The nationwide roll out of fibre broadband and competitive pricing make this achievable. Business owners ticking a box in order to provide “free” wifi should think long and hard. “Free to the business owner” broadband in particular can prove very costly. The general characteristics of freely supplied broadband include: * Poor quality. * Bad contention

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Avoid kissing your money goodbye. Simply say NO to: * Accepting quotes without at least taking a second opinion. In particular lessees/tenants must refuse to sign (never before seen) agreements on the day they take over a pub. If for example such an electricity/gas agreement is signed usually the business owner has just kissed goodbye to £4k. (based upon a 2 year agreement). The best (worst) example last week was a Surrey tenant who signed

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“I couldn’t pay for my beer because I had a massive electricity and gas bill to pay”. So said a High Wycombe leased pub client who once again had to reduce an order. Last year, prior to Control Costs involvement, our client fell victim to a rogue energy supplier (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/theft-michael-beveridge). With the exception of rent, tie and payroll, Control Costs specialises in producing free, non-obligatory reviews of all business costs. This week however, yet again

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During Control Costs first year in business the most common low-lights encountered have been: .1. The very well established energy advisor whose presence in a business put the business owner out of pocket on average £2k per annum. .2. The rogue energy supplier whose underhand methods, to gain entry into a business, cost the business owner in excess of £10K more than it should (if they are lucky!). .3. The New Forest based telecoms supplier

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Control Costs supports the excellent work of IPA Purchasing (www.ipapurchasing.co.uk) to deliver market leading electricity/gas deals (and more) to BII members (www.bii.org/benefits). Having contacted IPA, BII member tenant Chris Charlesworth (www.themereinn.co.uk), worked with Control Costs to resolve issues and secure a very competitive deal. Powering up the pub will now be a less costly affair! Control Costs beats 99% of genuine renewal quotes on the back of free, non-obligatory reviews. Reviews which 100% prevent businesses

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Control Costs specialises in saving businesses money on all energy supplies. Avoid the fate of 3 current Control Costs clients paying an aggregate £65,000 too much for electricity & gas (during the life of their collective agreements). A situation which arguably moves from the realms of commercial ruthlessness to that described as “corporate theft” (your comments would be welcomed). Control Costs beats 99% of genuine renewal quotes on the back of free, non-obligatory reviews. Reviews which 100%

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Local Champions Breakfast Control Costs has excellent working relationships with some of the best and finest food suppliers! Working at the Waggon & Horses, Lymington (www.the.littlepubgroup.co.uk/the-waggon-and-horses) this week was a treat. The Waggon hosted the Lymington Chamber of Commerce Breakfast (www.lymington.biz). The breakfast showcased the Little Pub Group’s local provenance based business model. The business strives to stay loyal to local producers in an effort to deliver authentic, local dishes. Following renegotiated purchasing agreements, all

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The idea for Control Costs’ began when a leased pub business owner stated “a person the landlord never sends is a person who is truly interested in my profit & loss account”.  Following a detailed analysis of business costs, the business owner described the situation as being akin to Charles Dickens’ famous opening passage in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the

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