Piggybank News

December 19, 2012

A Politically Correct Christmas Message :)

Filed under: Business Advice,Business Utilities,Domestic Utilities,Hot tips,Property — nspresources @ 9:05 am

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you All!

April 10, 2012

What your mobile says about you…

Long gone are the days of having a mobile phone simply to make calls. Most new generation mobiles now allow users to browse the internet, send and receive email, and even bank online. As a result, more personal data than ever is stored on our phones and this is making life much simpler for identity thieves.

Around 125,000 mobiles are left in London taxis alone each year and hundreds of thousands more are stolen. This is in addition to legitimate markets for second hand mobiles, such as eBay and mobile ‘recycling’ schemes that offer to pay cash (often to charitable causes) for unwanted handsets.

Unfortunately wiping the memory of your phone completely is difficult, but there are some basic steps you can take. (more…)

March 20, 2012

Business Energy Price Cuts announced

The Utility Warehouse Discount Club recently cut energy prices for residential customers. They have now announced that they will shortly be reducing electricity prices for Business Club members by up to 6.7%.

The new tariffs come into effect on 1 April 2012. The tariff guide can be downloaded here.

Businesses wishing to subscribe to the new lower tariff should contact us.

November 9, 2011

Are you or your tenants living in fear of the bills?

If not, then you should be thankful,  because according to the latest research, one in four of the British population does live in fear of bills! A quarter of UK adults admit to getting stressed before opening their bills according to a study from a price comparison website.  A shocking 1 in 5 also confessed to delaying opening as well as paying bills, because they are too afraid to face them.

54% of people said the biggest fear factor was that the cost of bills keeps increasing at rates which are not matched by their salary and one third admit to having more money going out of their current accounts every month than they have coming in.

If this any of this describes your situation then it is obviously time to regroup and see if making some simple changes can help reduce your outgoings.  If you are a landlord and this situation could apply to any of your tenants then it is only a matter of time before the rent payments become an issue.  Offering some straightforward advice and assistance now could help avoid a crisis later.

Here are a few suggestions from the helpful Piggy at Piggybank News… (more…)

February 25, 2009

Piggy’s Email Troubleshooting Tips

Filed under: Business Utilities,Domestic Utilities,Hot tips — nspresources @ 10:32 pm
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Here are some simple troubleshooting tips for the most common problems whilst sending or receiving e-mail: (more…)

February 4, 2009

Seven out of ten home-based businesses say they can beat the crunch

New survey figures, released by insurer RSA today, show that self-employed home-based professionals are optimistic regarding the performance of their businesses despite the current economic climate.

  • 71% believe they will be able to grow or maintain their level of business during this time of economic downturn
  • 29% of self-employed home-based professionals say general trading conditions for their business are positive, with an additional 38% saying conditions are average or no different to normal
  • Only 8% believe they will definitely not be able to grow or maintain their level of business

RSA’s survey, undertaken in August, interviewed 450 self-employed home-based professionals and found that 29% of respondents described current trading conditions as positive and an additional 38% described conditions as average or no different to normal.

Aaron Devitt, Director of Professional and Financial Risks at RSA, said: “Given the current economic uncertainty we’re experiencing, these survey results are a welcome surprise. They suggest that the present and future do not need to be as bleak as some are predicting. With all this talk about an impending recession, we are in danger of talking ourselves into a situation that is worse than reality. Clearly, in at least one area of the economy, there are reasons for remaining optimistic about future growth.”

To read the complete article released by Pipex Business News go to


January 17, 2009

For the New Year don’t make Resolutions – set Goals!

Earlier this week I attended a networking event where Julie Blunt of Interact Training Solutions delivered a timely reminder of how setting proper goals for your business can help us all have a truly prosperous New Year.  Whether your business is a new one or well established it is all too easy to get so involved with the day to day work that you lose sight of your ultimate aims. Setting aside some time now to review your progress and plan your next steps will pay dividends later on.  With Julie’s permission I would like to share with you all her 7 top tips for fabulous goals. (more…)

August 28, 2008

The problem with broadband in Milton Keynes….

One of the most common reasons that people in the Milton Keynes area call NSP Utility Consultants is because they are unhappy with the broadband connection they are getting. The problems fall into three main categories..

  1. The speed they are getting is nowhere near the promised 8mb – in fact it’s terribly slow. Worse, sometimes they have just paid for an “upgrade” and not only is it now not any faster, the connection keeps dropping!
  2. They are a landlord with houses in multiple occupation, or a small business and the connection seems terribly unstable – especially when more than one user is online at the same time.
  3. They can’t get broadband at all – not mobile broadband, not the free MK hub broadband, not anything.

Some of these problems apply UK wide it is true but I honestly don’t think that there is any other major UK city which suffers quite so severely. Luckily there are some simple things which you can do to improve things.

The root of Milton Keynes broadband difficulties is based (more…)

May 27, 2008

Commercial energy – the “con” in your contract?

Filed under: Business Utilities — nspresources @ 7:20 pm
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99% of commercial energy is supplied on 1-3yr contracts. When the contract comes due for renewal the customer is sent a letter from their supplier telling them what the new rates are. Just at the moment, the percentage increase in renewal prices can be huge – 64% in one I saw recently. It is not surprising therefore that a lot of companies are feeling the need to look around for a better deal. (more…)

May 16, 2008

Do you want more customers?

Filed under: Business Utilities,Hot tips — nspresources @ 3:53 pm

Did you know research has shown that 64% of consumers will call a Freephone number first?

The Chartered Institute of Marketing has found that using a Freephone number on an advertising campaign can increase response by up to 40%. This includes adverts in periodicals, local papers and on the web.

The reasons for this trend are self evident. An 0800 number is almost universally seen by consumers as a sign of business stability and shows that you really care about their call. (more…)

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