Clearing up admin can help SMEs succeed
4 September 2016
Small businesses are tenacious, it’s been proven. The latest figures from the Enterprise Research Centre show that SME growth is now back to where it was before the 2008 recession hit. During that time, new start-ups created four million jobs, while existing small and medium businesses added a further 9.4 million.
This is all positive news, but it’s undeniable that it’s taken a lot of hard work to get to this point. Fluctuating economy aside, the daily trials and tribulations of running a small business alone are enough to give any business leader a headache.
Small business owners everywhere are getting sidelined by admin. Research by Opus Energy found that 62 per cent of SME management check their emails constantly, while 70 per cent fail to delegate some of their most pressing jobs.
Getting back to business could be the most important thing an SME can do to ensure plans stay on the track to success, but doing so isn’t easy when the paperwork is piling up and administrative duties are less than crystal-clear.
This is something of a trend. Small businesses are now busier than ever, with 47 per cent of SME management working through a weekend due to work commitments. Add to that the fact that 74 per cent of small business owners surveyed reported that relationships with their partner, friends or family have been affected by long working hours and you get a good picture of why it’s so important that the administrative duties an SME owner is obliged to do are as clear-cut and time-efficient as possible.
Sorting out your energy is a huge part of this. Something as simple as keeping the lights on should never be a foggy issue, and clearing your statements should never be hard work.
Some energy suppliers are a little sharper when it comes to knowing what a business owner wants. Take Opus Energy, a leading independent energy supplier for businesses in the UK. With as much focus on making energy management as clear as possible, every service Opus Energy provides is tailor-made for busy SME management.
Opus Energy knows that transparency when it comes to energy usage and spending is the simplest way to shed light on energy management. All Opus Energy SME customers get free smart meters for their electricity so they can see exactly how much they’re consuming, in pounds and pence. This also means that every energy bill they receive is completely accurate, so there are no surprise invoices or chasing of owed credit.
Forget about digging out paperwork and rushing to make phone calls during working hours as well. Opus Energy customers get an innovative online account for 24/7 access. You can manage multiple sites in bulk, view your monthly usage and download multiple statements at the click of a mouse, wherever you are and at any time of day.
Less time doing admin, no hidden surprises, and the freedom to get back to business. If you’d like to see these benefits for yourself, visit opusenergy.com/clear to start getting back on track.
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