The latest franchise owner to join cost reduction franchise BCR Associates has opened her Southampton-based office.

Chris Levoi will now be providing BCR Associates’ cost reduction service to business owners in the Southampton area, helping them to cut expenditure on essential running costs. Levoi joins BCR Associates from a career in business development in the science, healthcare and food service industries.

Over half of Levoi’s career has been spent at Director or Managing Director level and she recognises the challenges that business owners face. Levoi said: “I have been responsible for buying these services, particularly telecoms, insurance and HR and know that Directors often don’t have the expertise in-house to give these areas their best attention. Anyone with a business will be familiar with the need to reduce unnecessary expenditure, especially in the complex utilities and telecoms sectors and I wish I had had the service of BCR Associates during previous roles. Add BCR Associates’ expertise to the fact that 100 per cent of all savings are passed back to the customer (excluding water and rates) and this is a really compelling offer to customers, in fact a unique offering in the cost reduction sector.”

BCR Associates supply chain network has access to information, data and tariffs which are difficult for clients to source directly – even if they invested the serious man hours required to research these preferential options. All suppliers undergo stringent vetting protocol and only those who are suitable and reputable are invited onto the supply panel. Additionally, each customer account is managed personally so clients no longer have to worry about tendering, contract end dates or managing sometimes complex multi-services.

The cost cutting portfolio covers electricity, gas, telecoms, insurance, staff, water, finance, vehicles, rateable values and green services.

Asked why she had chosen BCR Associates, Levoi said: “From my first encounter at a franchise exhibition, I was impressed with their offering. They actively encouraged me to research the cost reduction sector and I felt confident from my decision to sign up, and indeed throughout the extensive training, that I was setting up a business which can provide real value to my network of business contacts I have developed over the years. The support from head office is constant and dependable and I like the fact that I am able to access the expertise of directors Chris Battin and Richard Dormer directly whenever I need to. I see my role as developing into a trusted advisor to my clients and like the fact that the cross-selling opportunities are immense and a range of services is on offer.”

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