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Business Focus: Inverness Chamber chief executive Stewart Nicol says Highland businesses need to work smarter not harder


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By Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce

As businesses across the city continue to manage the challenges of the Covid restrictions, I wanted to share a potential cost saving identified by colleagues at British Chambers of Commerce.

The impacts of the pandemic will be felt well into the future but for now, businesses are taking their first steps in gradually reopening.

Coffee shops and cafés are welcoming customers inside, hairdressers and beauty salons are switching on the lights and workers are starting to return to the office.

Despite these first steps, trading will continue to be difficult for some time, especially for small and medium-sized firms.

These are the businesses which will have seen their cash flow significantly hit and are now looking for all the help they can in trying to budget and plan for the future.

In these uncertain times, many businesses are looking for ways to save money and maintain a healthier bottom line.

The good news is that getting a smart meter for your business is a small change that could make a big difference.

A smart meter can help businesses take control of their energy bills as they enable accurate, not estimated, billing. Meaning, they only pay for what they use – helping to take the stress out of budgeting.

We all want to work smarter not harder. Smart meters send your gas and electricity readings directly to your energy supplier so you don’t have to!

It is also important to bear in mind that it’s everyone’s responsibility to become more conscious of their environmental impact.

Regardless of whether your business has three employees, or 3000, we all should be aware of how much energy we’re using and a smart meter is a simple way of doing this.

A smart meter is a positive step in taking control of business outgoings and if your firm has 10 employees or fewer your business could be eligible.

To find out more, please contact us at info@inverness-chamber.co.uk

You can also contact your energy supplier or broker. It could be one of the best calls you make this week.


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