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"The Payroll department not only deal with the on-going payroll processing of the Appleby Westward staff," (says Jo Hounsell, Appleby Westward's HR Director) they also work with a large number of our retailers who outsource their payroll to Appleby Westward'.
Dorset SPAR store owner Mark Oliver was looking at ways to reduce costs in 2012 when he suddenly hit on a great saving – thanks to a conversation with one of his customers.
“I knew 2012 was going to be a tough year in all areas of my business – sales, margin, wages and all the day-to-day running costs,” said Mark. “I was looking at ways of reducing my energy costs, which were about £1,700 a month, when I got talking to one of my customers who runs a business called Low Energy Designs.
“They came out to my store and measured what my current usage was purely on my lighting and it worked out at 14.813 kWh. We estimated that new low energy lights would bring my usage down to 3257 kWh. It took them about 30 minutes to do a cad display of my lights and it highlighted areas where the lighting was poor and in what areas they were too bright.”
New lights were fitted, which took about half a day with no disruption to trading and the effects were immediate. “Heat was reduced significantly as my ceiling is rather low, so I will save money on air conditioning in the summer, and the displays in the produce and fridges look brighter and crisper, as do the grocery and non food areas,” said Mark.
“I’ve had a few customers ask me if the shop was bigger! The life of the individual lights works out on my usage at about eight to ten years, so no more changing fluorescent tubes or lights flickering.”
Mark said grants were available to assist with lighting projects, which are funded by the European Regional Development Fund, who contribute 50% of the costs. “Retailers should contact their Regional Sales Manager for more details,” he said. “It’s well worth the effort.”
Mark and his wife Paula took over the former Londis store in Sturminster Marshall five years ago, having run a SPAR store in South Africa, where Mark’s parents were also former SPAR retailers with the symbol group.
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Article updated February 2012
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