Independent Schools

ENERGY BUYING FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Powerful Allies is fast becoming the energy partner of choice for large commercial energy users in the UK, Europe and the USA. A brief review of our key sectors and clients will reveal the extent to which we have been appointed to help highly reputable organisations reduce their energy costs. Each of these clients is at the forefront in their own sector.

We have never failed to provide cost savings for clients, whichever sector they are in. This is a natural consequence of our unique procurement process combined with ultra-tight margin control; a core promise to our clients.

So, the objective of Powerful Allies is to quickly reduce the amount large businesses, schools, local authorities and others spend on their electricity and natural gas, primarily through aggressive and innovative energy buying, contract restructure, underpinned by low margins. Invariably this also introduces CRC and CCL reduction, smart metering, online data access and energy audit services.

And to be clear, if we do not reduce our clients’ costs, we have no business at all!

Our Independent School clients

Warminster School

Warminster School

Heath Mount School

Heath Mount School

Lady Barn House School

Lady Barn House School

Yateley Manor School

Yateley Manor School

Royal Masonic School for Girls

Royal Masonic School for Girls

Gresham’s School

Gresham’s School

Derby High School

Derby High School

Ackworth School

Ackworth School

St Gabriel’s School, Newbury

St Gabriel’s School, Newbury

Halstead Preparatory School for Girls

Halstead Preparatory School for Girls

Danes Hill School

Danes Hill School

Wycombe Abbey

Wycombe Abbey

St Joseph’s College, Reading

St Joseph’s College, Reading

St John’s College, Southsea

St John’s College, Southsea

St Helen’s School, London

St Helen’s School, London

St Edward’s, Cheltenham

St Edward’s, Cheltenham

Salisbury Cathedral School

Salisbury Cathedral School

Ruckleigh School

Ruckleigh School

Prior Park Schools

Prior Park Schools

Merchiston Castle School

Merchiston Castle School

The Kingsley School

The Kingsley School

Kent College, Canterbury

Kent College, Canterbury

Dumpton School

Dumpton School

Dragon School, Oxford

Dragon School, Oxford

Aysgarth School

Aysgarth School

Frensham Heights

Frensham Heights

Copthorne Preparatory School

Copthorne Preparatory School

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

St Paul’s School, London

St Paul’s School, London

Tettenhall College

Tettenhall College

St George’s School, Ascot

St George’s School, Ascot

Queen’s College, Taunton

Queen’s College, Taunton

Reading Blue Coat School

Reading Blue Coat School

The King’s School, Worcester

The King’s School, Worcester

Dulwich Prep London

Dulwich Prep London

Kent College, Pembury

Kent College, Pembury

Finton House School

Finton House School

St John’s School, Leatherhead

St John’s School, Leatherhead

Hanford School

Hanford School

Old Swinford Hospital School

Old Swinford Hospital School

Ditcham Park School

Ditcham Park School

Exeter School

Exeter School

Solihull School

Solihull School

St George’s College, Weybridge

St George’s College, Weybridge

St Mary’s School, Calne

St Mary’s School, Calne

Kingswood School, Bath

Kingswood School, Bath

The Cavendish School

The Cavendish School

The Perse School

The Perse School

St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne

St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne

Prior’s Field School

Prior’s Field School

Lycee International de Londres

Lycee International de Londres

Luckley House School

Luckley House School

Farringtons School

Farringtons School

Woodhouse Grove School

Woodhouse Grove School

Wellingborough School

Wellingborough School

St Benedicts School Ealing

St Benedicts School Ealing

Moorlands School

Moorlands School

Eltham College

Eltham College

Moulsford Preparatory School

Moulsford Preparatory School

Leehurst Swan School

Leehurst Swan School

Godolphin School

Godolphin School

Wellington College

Wellington College

Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School

Badminton School

Badminton School

Truro School

Truro School

Truro High School for Girls

Truro High School for Girls

Fosse Bank School

Fosse Bank School

Chard School

Chard School

Westonbirt School

Westonbirt School

Marlborough College

Marlborough College

Heywood School

Heywood School

Harrow School

Harrow School

St Faiths at Ash

St Faiths at Ash

St David’s College (Wishford Group)

St David’s College (Wishford Group)

Walhampton School

Walhampton School

Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School

St Francis School

St Francis School

Palmers Green High School

Palmers Green High School

Rugby School

Rugby School

Stamford Endowed Schools

Stamford Endowed Schools

Farleigh School

Farleigh School

St Edward’s Prep

St Edward’s Prep

Hatherop Castle School

Hatherop Castle School

Bredon School

Bredon School

What our clients say

St Mary’s School, Calne

St Mary’s School, Calne

We have been really pleased with the service provided by Powerful Allies. They took time to get to know us and understand our needs, and as a result provided strong analysis and advice that led to significant cost savings in a market where prices had risen sharply. Their ongoing support and response to follow-up questions and renewals has been similarly impressive.

Danny Boswell (Bursar)

Kingswood School, Bath

Kingswood School, Bath

Kingswood School was delighted to work with James and the team at Powerful Allies. Recommended by the Methodist Group Trust, they quickly analysed consumption data, saving my staff a considerable amount of man hours. Information was swiftly gathered and presented in a very digestible format. James then proffered options, explaining tariffs, the Powerful Allies cost model helping enormously with transparency. It is still early days, but I would thoroughly recommend their professional approach to utility provision.

A really fantastic experience to listen to your ideas on energy saving and management. I would always recommend Powerful Allies on utilities alone, but this added knowledge is massive plus point for bursars and estate managers. Thank you so much.

Steve Vickery (Bursar and Clerk to the Governors)

St Benedicts School Ealing

St Benedicts School Ealing

We first met Powerful Allies at the ISBA conference last year and invited them afterwards to meet with us. We have found their approach to be professional, honest, transparent and knowledgeable. They have helped us to resolve some difficult issues. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for an expert in the procurement and management of utility services.

Argentina (Estates)

Leehurst Swan School

Leehurst Swan School

Powerful Allies were able to make our energy choices simple! They ensured we achieved cost savings and an effective strategy for future energy management. The savings in time and money have been a huge benefit to the school. We feel they have truly bought in to partnering with us and they are with us for the long term. Even though we’re a small school not spending seven figure sums on energy, Powerful Allies still looked after us very well.

Julie Bromilow (Bursar)

Godolphin School

Godolphin School

Powerful Allies provide a highly professional service, clearly explaining the complex energy market and how it works to a layman, breaking down the tariffs and fees and ultimately they gave me the confidence to make an informed decision. Renewing energy contracts is a minefield and can be badly done through lack of understanding and lack of time to scrutinise the options. Powerful Allies have a straightforward and honest approach, work with you to find the right solution for you rather than pushing a service and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.

Alexandra D'Arcy-Irvine​ (School Business Manager)

Wellington College

Wellington College

I was first contacted by Powerful Allies a couple of years ago when we were still ‘in contract’ with another broker/consultant. We were reviewing our current arrangements and James and his team guided me through our options ; they couldn’t have been more helpful. They explained in simple terms an industry which is too often obfuscated by the people giving ‘help and advice’. They have always been extremely helpful, responding to my queries promptly and with insight. Nothing is too much trouble. I have always found the whole team at Powerful Allies to be sincere, honest, trustworthy and very capable. They have certainly made my life easier! I would highly recommend them.

Vivien Sergeant (Procurement Manager)

Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School

We are very appreciative of the services you provide, and the highly ethical and professional way in which you and your team provide it. It is very refreshing, and we look forward to developing a long term relationship!

Gail Jones (Bursar)

Truro School

Truro School

We at Truro School have worked with Powerful Allies for some time. They have been clear and helpful identifying faults in existing contracts and showing where savings can be made. They are a small personal team who are all friendly, professional and always willing to answer my most basic questions. The energy market can be confusing and it is very hard to compare prices from the many brokers who can cold call me on an almost daily basis. It seem that it is standard practice to hide charges and make rates appear cheaper than the later bills will be. Powerful Allies are very open about all the energy costs and find deals that are best fit for the school’s needs. I would be happy to recommend them to other schools who need a clear and straightforward partner in the energy market.

Neil Rudge (Facilities Manager)

Westonbirt School

Westonbirt School

I am prepared to say and to have widely known that I have found Powerful Allies to be good to do business with. Your approach is straightforward and the explanation of the arcane science of brokered energy purchasing is very thorough.

Estates Bursar

Harrow School

Harrow School

Many congratulations, I think this is an outstanding result and we are delighted with the work that James and your team have put into this. I think it’s a real breakthrough and ……. we are in a very good place. Thank you very much.

Ralph Arundell (Operations Bursar)

Rugby School

Rugby School

One of the first things I did when I joined my current employer 3 years ago was to look at our energy supply contracts; multiple gas, HH electricity and NHH electricity contracts, all supplied through one of the larger energy brokers.
My first opportunity to change any of the contracts was to look at our NHH electricity contracts, about 46 separate supply contracts in all.
Fortuitously James Robson made contact to introduce Powerful Allies, just at the right time, and I was able to invite him to test the market for me.
This gave amazing results. Our existing incumbent broker was recommending we stayed with our existing supplier with a cost increase of circa 18%. James Robson and his dedicated team at Powerful Allies were able to offer a new two year contract with an increase of just 1.67%. Needless to say after some verification and due diligence we opted for the new supplier deal.
That was back in 2016 and since then James has negotiated a 2 year extension to our existing gas contracts (48) with a negligible increase taking us out to 2021 with price certainty.
Now in 2018 James and his team at Powerful Allies are looking at renegotiating our NHH contract for another two years.
Earlier this year they negotiated a new HH contract for two years with an increase of less than 2% whilst the incumbent supplier was offering an eligibly comparable contract proposal for a contract increase of over 12% .
I can therefore fully recommend James Robson and his small dedicated team at Powerful Allies, who offer a dedicated personal service and will negotiate very competitive offers for gas and electricity (HH and NHH) contracts with transparency. Once they secure the offer they let you know what their charges are, so that you know and have visibility of those charges.
Give them a go you won’t be disappointed.

Brian Rollason (Building Services Engineering Manager)

Stamford Endowed Schools

Stamford Endowed Schools

Powerful Allies Ltd have acted as our energy brokers for the last three years ensuring transparent procurement of electricity and gas. In addition, they have provided proactive customer care, meeting our needs with a calm, reliable approach thankfully devoid of the jargon that bestrides the utilities market.

Jaret Bennett (Health, Safety & Environment Manager)