Case Studies

Large independent pub and inn group saves thousands on utility costs


Maclay Inns is one of the largest independent pub and inn groups in Scotland. They are also one of the oldest, having been around since 1830. Maclay have great portfolio of pubs and inns stretching from Balloch and Glasgow in the West to Edinburgh and St. Andrews in the East. They were also given the accolade of the Scottish Licence Trade’s Independent Pub Company of the Year 2007.


In August 2010, Business Cost Consultants (BCC) was engaged to work with Maclay Inns to help them better manage their utility accounts, as well as reduce the overall cost for their portfolio of 27 sites.


Within a few weeks of engaging BCC, Maclay Inss were able to reduce the annual gas costs for nine of the sites by more than 55%. Their three largest sites also benefitted from a 29% reduction in their electricity costs. However, the biggest percentage saving was on a few supplies which were not on competitive rates. BCC successfully reduced those costs by 60.8%.

In addition to the cost savings, Maclay Inns now have a much clearer picture of their utility accounts as a result of receiving BCC’s comprehensive reports. The electricity and gas consumption analysis of each site, which was provied by BCC, was described as a “real eye-opener” and helped to identify some issues and priorities.

BCC continue to work closely with the key people at Maclays to help them make well-informed decisions about their energy and water costs and usage.

“Working with BCC has been a very positive move for Maclay Inns. Using the expertise of established experts in the energy buying market has made our decision making easier, quicker, more effective and ultimately reduced our costs. We are now confident that contracts are negotiated in the correct timescales and take advantage of the market and the buying power of BCC. In addition we have found BCC to be helpful in assisting us looking at other areas of cost saving with regards to energy for example with regards to benchmarking usage and energy efficiency.”

Neil Paisley, Commercial Manager

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