The Regal Community Theatre

Make it Cheaper saves West Lothian based charity £8k on energy bills

  • Location: Bathgate, West Lothian
  • Sector: Charity/Arts
  • Saving: £21k

The Regal Community Theatre is a busy community arts centre in Bathgate, West Lothian. It provides a venue for a wide variety of groups to meet, perform, rehearse and pursue a broad spectrum of activities.

Gillian Robertson contacted Make It Cheaper soon after joining the Theatre as a part-time Financial Controller earlier this year over concerns that the gas and electricity charges were too high. That call was worth £21,000 because Gillian discovered that, as a Registered Charity, the theatre is exempt from Climate Change Levy and its VAT is only charged at 5%. As well as switching onto cheaper business electricity and gas rates, Gillian has been able to reclaim substantial amounts of incorrect over-charges.

"I thought you would like to know that all your help and advice has given our charity a credit note from EON of £6,735 today from our electricity account and £4,887 on our gas account. I wasn't aware that we could reclaim back 3 years of VAT overpaid and thank you again for telling me how to reclaim it. The switchover you recommended for us will save our charity up to £8k per year and we will be on the correct VAT rate going forward as well. Difficult times are ahead for everyone, especially charities, so you should feel good about the valuable job you are doing. I know I will be a repeat customer."

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