Our teams have been working on the UW App and we’ve just launched a great new feature so our customers can see just how much they’re saving!
Every penny you’ve saved using your Cashback Card
Your biggest savings split monthly
How much you’ve saved – on average – over 3, 6 and 12 months
See the retailers you’ve earnt the most cashback from
Updates on our newest cashback Partners
Assuming you are a UW customer make sure you download the app. We’d love to see your savings. Why not share them on social media? It’s a great way of getting Referal’s and getting lots of £50’s off your bills ❤
If you’re not a UW customer but want to have a % of all of your shipping coming off your energy bills then you know where I am 😀 (Gail Bannister)
Have you ever thought about running your own business? 🤔
Most people think about it but very few actually do it. 😵💫
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset right from a young age when the bubblegum machine outside our local shop malfunctioned. I put my 1p in and turned the knob and it just kept turning. I filled my pockets with the contents of the machine and took them to school the next day where I sold them for 2p each 😂.
At 21 I spent ages trying to set up a babysitting agency so that I didn’t just get paid on my own efforts I got paid on many peoples efforts. Unfortunately the red tape and hurdles I needed to jump through to do this properly aborted my plans. 😢
Shortly after this I set up Skate Away. I had the idea in the morning and by the evening I had a company name and an account set up with Shiners in Bristol to buy my first load of roller skates 🛼 and accessories from. I ran this business for many years having my skates in two shops and six roller discos. Unfortunately, although we had some great fun, in reality it turned my passion for rollerskating into hard work and very little financial reward.
So what to do next? 🤔. It’s difficult isn’t it trying to find a product or service that enough people need, where you can offer a unique service at a competitive price?
Imagine finding a service that everybody needed and had to pay out for even in a recession 🤔.
Imagine being able to sell the service once and then people just carry on using it so that you get paid on it every month without having to resell it 🤔.
Imagine being the cheapest and the best with award winning customer service 🤔.
Imagine having a whole company full of staff but not having the headache of having to employ them yourself 🤔 No Hiring, firing, pensions, sick pay, maternity pay to sort out 🤔. Imagine not only having staff to manage customer services, finance, HR, marketing etc but having a sales team of individuals that are self employed and getting paid on their efforts as well as your own each month 🤔 😊
Imagine if this company had won award after award for 15 years in the Which Magazine 😀 wow all this would make it so easy to recommend wouldn’t it? 😊.
NOW STOP IMAGINING. It’s actually here 😊. I found this company 19 years ago and have never looked back. I’m just as excited about it now as I was then and I’m still getting paid on the work I did 19 years ago too. 😊😊
Can you imagine if you too could join and have your own business for £10? 🤔.
If you can then why not stop imagining and just do it ? Click on the website below and sign up. It only takes 3 minutes and I’ll give you all the help and support you need to grow your own successful business too.
Alternatively you could just carry on imagining 🤔. What have you got to loose ?
Many of our members are looking for staff to join their teams; are you looking for a new challenge? Maybe one of these roles could suit you.
******************************************************************************** Rawlins Davy, Solicitors and Mediators, have a vacancy for a legal assistant/secretary within the company/commercial team. Established in 1832, Rawlins Davy are a forward-thinking law firm in central Bournemouth, and are now investing in the staff that will serve their clients into the next generation.
The successful applicant will have superb oral and written skills, and be able to demonstrate how they rise above their peers in terms of capability, commitment and ambition. Your role will support a team that delivers a service to their clients that exceeds their expectations by some margin.
For more information, or to discuss your suitability for the role in confidence please contact email@example.com ******************************************************************************** Due to an increased demand in enquiries and growth over the past few years Your Mortgage Connection need a Mortgage and Protection Advisor to join their busy team. They will consider self-employed (with transition assistance) and there is a choice to work in the office or remotely from home. Some leads are provided but it is expected that you will have the determination and drive to source your own leads or already have a small bank of clients. Candidates must be CeMAP 1/2/3 qualified and with CAS or equivalent.
Leasing a battery electric vehicle (BEV) is cheaper than funding a new vehicle on personal contract purchase (PCP), new research suggests.
Leasing.com analysed pricing data for its 15 most popular BEVs and found that leasing was the most cost-effective option on 13 vehicles. Just the Renault Zoe and Jaguar I-Pace were cheaper using PCP.
The highest cost difference was 31% for an Audi E-Tron, with the average difference in cost being 18%.
David Timmis, managing director of Leasing.com, says that one of the most important challenges the industry faces, with the greater shift towards EVs, is making them affordable.
“Without this, the market simply won’t shift quick enough,” he explained. “Thankfully, leasing provides consumers an alternative route to driving an EV that won’t break the bank and, in fact, will save them money compared to PCP – the current most popular new car finance product in the UK.”
The Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) reported that the value of new car personal leasing grew 27% in the 12-months to January 2021.
Toby Poston, director of corporate affairs at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), said: “Leasing is the perfect way to finance a new BEV.
“With so much economic uncertainty and technology changing so fast, it is not surprising that more and more people are using this fixed cost, affordable and hassle-free method to fund their leap to electric motoring.”
Leasing.com’s analysis shows that the Tesla Model 3 has a list price of £42,935, however, when leased over four years, the total cost comes in at £25,445.77.
Compare that against a PCP cost of £30,384, and leasing will save drivers 19% over the life of the contract, it says.
The largest saving overall was found when comparing costs for an Audi E-Tron. On PCP, the Audi has a total cost of £43,420.14 at the end of a 48-month contract.
On lease, the same make and model comes in at a total cost of £34,311.50. A total saving of £9,108.64, it says.
Leasing.com compares personal and business car leasing offers from brokers, dealers, motor manufacturers and independent funders.
Battery Electric Vehicle Cost Comparisons: Lease (PCH) vs Finance (PCP)
The reality about the cost of living squeeze really hit home last week. Just look at the media headlines
• Households will be in “Deep Peril” • The coming storm as central banks fight inflation will be far worse than anyone expects • Tesco boss says the worst is yet to come • Cost of living crisis could delay retirement plans
What can I do to help? 🤔
1. UW are the only energy supplier who guarantee to be cheaper than the price cap – now and in April
2. UW have the cheapest variable energy in the country, which will cut £100 off the average energy bill from April
3. UW are the only company guaranteeing to save people that amount.
4. UW have the cheapest fixed energy tariff in the country
5. So prospective customers can choose between the best fixed and the best variable – it’s entirely up to them and we don’t advise either way.
While energy providers’ prices soar, Utility Warehouse’s tariffs are comparatively low.
People across the UK have seen their bills go up because of the spike in gas and electricty prices, which came into force on October 1, 2021. The price rises follow the increasing demand for energy, which has triggered a huge jump in wholesale energy costs. As a result, the government regulator Ofgem has raised its price cap for the second time this year. Despite the energy crisis, the UK’s only genuine multiservice provider Utility Warehouse (UW) is able to offer some of the most competitive energy prices on the market.
How can Utility Warehouse offer such good value energy tariffs?
UW, the ninth biggest independent energy supplier in the UK, can offer some of the lowest energy prices because of a deal between E.ON and its parent company Telecom Plus. In the past, this long-term agreement has meant that some energy suppliers have been able to undercut UW by taking a shorter-term approach. These suppliers have primarily focused on gaining market share. However, the rising wholesale prices have made it difficult for many of these suppliers to maintain their competitive energy pricing. This has left UW amongst the few energy providers that can take on new customers at the most competitive prices.
It’s no surprise that UW’s shares rose by over 10% when the multiservice provider reassured customers it was better insulated against the price hikes than most suppliers this autumn.
“We’ve been in business for 20 years,” says UW’s CEO Andrew Lindsay, who was a mergers and acquisitions banker for Goldman Sachs before he became the chief executive of Telecom Plus in 2010. “We’ve been patiently waiting for our opportunity.”
Lindsay explains that although the price climb has exposed the energy sector’s “systematic flaws”, he considers government intervention beyond temporary stop-gap measures unnecessary.
“Energy markets are cyclical,” he says. “We learned back in 2005 that you get wholesale price spikes. But everyone’s conveniently forgotten about that. The government is treading the right line here by not letting the incumbents muscle in and stifle competition, but equally not bailing out insolvent suppliers and prolonging the overdue and much-needed reset of unsustainable pricing practices.”
UW energy prices come in lower than many of its rival suppliers not only because of the agreement with E.ON, but also because the multiservice provider teams its energy service with great value broadband,mobile, and insurance services. UW has offered great value home services for 25 years, helping customers bundle their utilities into monthly packages. Plus, the bundles come with customer bonuses like 100% renewable electricity for Double Gold customers, a cashback card for those who take all services, and free smart meter upgrades for all energy customers.
Bulb is likely to cease trading imminently and when that happens, you will have no say about who your new provider is, what rates you are put on and it could well take months to sort out, at a time of the year when energy consumption is going to be highest and you least want a deficit building up.
But the likes of Martin Lewis are saying “sit tight and do nothing”. why is that? This is misleading advice and here’s why….
Everyone knows that comparison sites earn their money by getting paid to switch you to another provider. At the moment other energy providers can’t offer anything below the price cap on variable tariffs, so most companies have closed their doors to taking on new customers. This means that the comparison sites are unable to provide you with many alternatives to the company you are already with. They’d obviously rather wait until they have many options so that you use their sites and they get paid.
So here’s where I come in….. UW guarantee to be cheaper than the Ofgem Price Cap
UW have been trading since 1996 and will not be going bust as they have hedged their energy prices until 2035 and they also don’t rely on energy sales alone because they are unique in the fact that they also provide other services such as broadband, mobiles and insurances.
UW offer long term sustainable energy and GUARANTEE to save you money, you will not be left without a supplier and you will not need to switch ever again! 😀
So, whoever your provider is, please message me, Gail Bannister, for a no-obligation chat to see if I can help. The next 12 months are going to see many squeezes on our purses, let me take the worry out of one of them.
We did it! Our first Face to Face networking meeting in 18 months. Kindly hosted by FBN member Peter Stockwell-Jones from Wessex Aloe, our outside meeting was a great way to begin the process of bringing our members back together as well as finally meet some of our newer members having been on Zoom for so long.
This is just the beginning of FBN coming back together with our regular face to face meetings. Keep an eye on the website and our social media pages for more details coming soon….
It’s 8am on Saturday 19 June 2021, and PSJ is sitting patiently in his loaded up car, waiting in a queue at the entrance to St George’s field in Ferndown, the venue for the return of Ferndown & Parley Rotary Club’s annual Fete on the Field event after last year’s cancellation. He sees David Allen, the other member of the 2-man FBN set-up team, who is searching for a Rotary colleague who has the site map which indicates the position of each stall. No-one can find the site map and the queue of vehicles continues to grow for the next 30 minutes. Suddenly, a large red 4 x 4 vehicle finds a gap in the fence and forces his way to the front of the queue. Everyone else notices his German licence plate and a few toot their horns in frustration. This mustbe the Bratwurst Hot Dog stall man! Minutes later, the site plan is found and at last all the vehicles gradually enter the field, proceed to their allotted positions and unloading of equipment begins amid much chuntering about “that red car”.
Plot B22 is conveniently third in from the public entrance gate and we start by laying out the gazebo poles & connectors on the ground, actually following the instruction plan which is in English rather than Chinese. To our surprise, everything fits where it’s supposed to as the second 2-man team of Paul Wales and Peter Read arrive and nod their approval when there are no parts on the ground that we have forgotten to fit. We even put the canvas roof on the correct way with the Velcro fasteners on the inside. Then, with one man on each corner, we lift the whole structure up to its full height and insert the legs – Bingo, we have a very attractive stand! All that remains to do is hammer a peg into the foot of each leg to prevent the whole thing flying away, clip the fasteners to the cross members and fasten the vertical back sheet to the frame to hide the car parked immediately behind but also to act as a contrasting backdrop for the pop-up banners.
The table is positioned at the front, it’s dressed with the new FBN cloth, and the pens, cards, flyers & wallets are neatly arranged on top. A second, smaller table is placed at the back for FBN members to display their own promotional material. 2 folding chairs complete the picture and we’re ready to go with half an hour to spare before the masses enter at 11am. PSJ then grabs a handful of cards & flyers and has a wander around the rows of stands looking for any who could be considered potential new FBN members as well as spotting the positions of food & drink stalls. At the same time, Gavin Smith, Ian Pounds and Maria Tidy arrive and start setting up their own stalls alongside ours. At every event PSJ has attended with Maria, she always has her minder (her Mum) with her and they make a very good double act! Paul Wales expresses the need of some breakfast at this stage and wanders off to the English sausage stall at the end of his shift. We also say thank you & goodbye to Peter Read. David Allen & PSJ go for a well earned coffee.
Soon after returning to the stand, the next member of the team arrives. It’s Tatiana Hibberd and the conversation starts around things like “Oh, you’re taller (or shorter) than I expected” since we’ve only seen each other ‘top halves’ on Zoom screens. But it’s now 11am; the gates are opened, individuals, family groups etc., start filing in and the show starts. The team engages with anyone who comes anywhere near our stand, handing them a flyer (& the occasional free pen) and explaining that we’re a group of local traders & professionals who can be trusted to do excellent work in their respective fields.
Time flies and soon it’s 1pm when Tara Harper is due to replace Tatiana, but Tatiana is enjoying the break from her work (& family) and stays for at least another half an hour – what a nice person!
It’s been overcast, grey and unusually cold all day with rain forecasted for around 5pm when the show officially ends. None of us wants to de-rig in the rain, so we (& some of the other stall holders) start packing away soon after 4pm and by 4.30pm we’re ready to leave – it’s always surprising that packing up to leave is so much quicker than unpacking to start.
It’s definitely been a worthwhile event for FBN in terms of engaging with those who were looking for the services that we as members offer because it was a family fun day and we were talking to members of the public. We handed out many flyers. It was NOT a Trade show and therefore little potential for finding or identifying new members, although we kept our eyes & ears open.
Maria did extremely well with her ‘attraction’ of toy prizes in a locked cabinet. Pay £1 and choose 4 keys from the bag; if one of them was the correct key, it opened the cabinet and the lucky winner could pick a prize from inside. Children loved it and their parents were happy to donate £1 for a chance for their child to win.