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Vince Cable attends Make It Cheaper event in Twickenham
Make It Cheaper hosted a 'Save Money, Make Money' local business networking event in Twickenham yesterday, featuring a Q&A session with local MP Vince Cable.
Make It Cheaper hosted a 'Save Money, Make Money' local business networking event in Twickenham yesterday, featuring a Q&A session with local MP Vince Cable. Twickenham-area business owners had the opportunity to find out more about Make It Cheaper and the importance of getting into the savings habit, make new local business connections, and ask Dr Cable about small business topics. Some of the issues addressed included the difficulty of getting bank loans as well as government supported business coaching schemes. Dr Cable suggested that businesses had to look beyond the High Street for access to finance and described the demise of Business Link before talking enthusiastically about a new scheme called Growth Accelerator that offers coaching to businesses at a local level.
Chris Cole, managing director of Make It Cheaper, added: "When I was growing my first business, I was lucky enough to be mentored by a guy called Martyn Phillips who is now the CEO of B&Q. In my mind, that kind of experience is something that every young entrepreneur should have access to."Grant Thornton's Peter Brown, one of Growth Accelerator's 800 strong team of Coaches was also at the event. Peter said: "Often it helps to talk to someone who's been on the same journey that your business is destined. Our network provides that and keeps you company along the way. At other times you just need pointing the right direction and told where you can find help at the right time - like the best place for small businesses to outsource the management of their utility contracts for free."
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About Make It Cheaper Established in 2007 and based in Central London with 110 staff, Make It Cheaper is the number one destination for businesses to get a better deal on their utilities and other services. It receives more enquiries and arrange more new contracts than any other business price comparison service. These include the business customers of major domestic price comparison services with whom Make It Cheaper has partnerships, as well as many nationwide trade associations and charity membership organisations. Acting on behalf of these customers with total impartiality and free-of-charge, Make It Cheaper offers year-on-year savings across a range of products including: business energy, telecoms, insurance and merchant services (chip & pin). By switching suppliers or helping to renegotiate deals with existing ones, it will typically save over 30% of costs - as well as a considerable amount of time that its customers can then spend on running their businesses. Make It Cheaper is currently ranked 39th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and has a 2012 Net Promoter Score of 75%.