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Lorraine
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Hi Carole

In my experience the first thing any group needs to do is look at their supplier and see if they can get a better deal. M<any assume that they are better off paying a supplier a standing charge and then for usage but in fact some of the combined deals are better if their building is used periodically (closed for parts of the day etc. So a review of suppliers is one way to push these costs down. the other is simple energy saving stuff (they are more likely to get a small grant for radiator valves, insulation, door closers and thermostats) than revenue to pay bills which should be apportioned to all their funders and included in their pricing for hire along with other fixed costs (those that don’t change regardless of whether a building is in use utilities, insurance and so on)

I may be teaching you to suck eggs, but hope it is helpful

Lorraine