Saving Money

Parish Buying

The National Stewardship Committee has launched a new service aimed at helping parishes of all sizes save money on everyday running costs. A new website at www.parishbuying.org.uk can save you money on a whole range of items from energy bills, office products, IT software, photocopying and fire safety. 

So, if you’re interested in potentially reducing your costs, do visit the website, register, and see what you may be able to save.

The whole service is entirely free of charge and represents a major stewardship initiative, in response to the growing number of requests that were being received from parishes facing steep rises in their costs.

Getting quotes

Remember to always get quotes from three different companies before carrying out any work or repairs. The quotes can vary enormously.

For example, St John’s Irlam recently received three quotes for the same work which ranged from £400 to £10,000!

Utilities

When buying gas and electricity, parishes are classed as business customers. The Parish Guide to Energy Services outlines the five key steps for successful utilities management.

Insurance cover

Make sure your church is adequately insured.

Download the Buying Guide for Insurance from the National Procurement Office.

Purchasing

Phoenix Software offers discounts on many standard office software products for charities, including churches.

Phoenix can supply software from the following vendors at a discount.

Microsoft 
Symantec 
Adobe 
Sophos 
Kaspersky 
Eset 
CA
Vmware
Citrix
Novell
Quark
Nuance
Kaspersky

Visit www.phoenixs.co.uk for more information.