Case Studies

Irvine Housing Association reduce costs through effective utility management


Irvine Housing Association is a non-profit making organisation and was established in 1993. Taking account of existing stock as well as the various new housing developments that the association has built, the association has over 2,000 rental properties throughout North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway. Efficiency is one of the association’s core values and aims to ensure that resources are used most advantageously to deliver value for money for customers and stakeholders.


Business Cost Consultants (BCC) was engaged by Irvine Housing Association to manage and reduce utility costs across their portfolio of developments.


Upon appointment, BCC’s team performed a formal tender for energy contracts on behalf of Irvine Housing Association as well as looked to consolidate multiple supplies to streamline utilities.

Performing such a tender can be a time consuming and very complex task. BCC was able to remove this hassle for Irvine HA and supply expert knowledge of the market place, energy suppliers and utilities as a whole. This gave Irvine Housing Association peace of mind that this process was being handled by trusted experts and that the most competitive and suitable contracts possible would be achieved.


BCC was quickly able to reduce time and effort spent on the administrative side of managing these supplies. This reduced the workload placed on Association staff and allowed focus on other, more core areas of the organisation.

More importantly, BCC’s team managed to secure significant cost savings. By securing more competitive contracts for supplies and securing a rebate on charges levied by a previous gas supplier we have saved the association just under £24,000.

BCC continue to work with Irvine HA to identify further areas for savings and expect to save the client a further £20,000 this year.

“BCC have provided a very efficient, professional and cost effective service to Irvine Housing Association and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other companies who are looking to negotiate the best price for their utilities contracts and reduce their overall energy consumption.”

Frank Boyle, Project Manager

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