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Cost reduction scheme launched for Chippenham businesses

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Kathryn Crosweller (Chippenham BID manager), Simon Jackson (Meercat Associates), Kathryn Hughes (owner of Hughes and Hughes estate agents and director of Chippenham BID) and Tom Paget (partner of Awdry Bailey & Douglas and Director of Chippenham BID)Kathryn Crosweller (Chippenham BID manager), Simon Jackson (Meercat Associates), Kathryn Hughes (owner of Hughes and Hughes estate agents and director of Chippenham BID) and Tom Paget (partner of Awdry Bailey & Douglas and Director of Chippenham BID)Businesses in Chippenham are being invited to join a consortium that will save them money on their operating costs.

Working in association with Meercat Associates, all Chippenham BID businesses will have the opportunity to benefit from the joint procurement service that has saved businesses significant sums of money across the country.

Meercat Associates are specialists in sourcing and managing contracts for individual businesses, with any size business from independent to regional and national chains benefitting from their services.

They only work with BIDs and have a strong track record of saving millions of pounds across the country.

The project offers businesses the opportunity to benefit from joint procurement and access rates otherwise inaccessible, leading many businesses across the country save more than their annual BID levy.

Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham BID said: “The work of Chippenham BID covers two main priorities: providing tangible support to businesses and working with partners to create an environment that residents can be proud of, and encouraging them into town to engage with Chippenham.

"We are very pleased to be able to work with a reputable and established organisation to offer BID businesses the chance to save money on the essentials.”

Tom Paget, partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas and chairman of the Backing Business committee said: “This is a great opportunity for businesses in Chippenham to get a return on their BID levy by realising potentially significant savings on expenses.

"Even those businesses that have negotiated very favourable rates with suppliers may be able to save further by taking advantage of the significant savings which Meercat, with their considerable purchasing power, can access.”