Everyone in business knows that the economic future of Britain after Brexit is unclear. Since the referendum last June, the political and economic climate has been constantly changing, and there is a lot of uncertainty for UK businesses. A lot of it is out of our hands, and only time will tell what the outcome will be. What you can do for your business, however, is to make sure that your core business infrastructure is performing to a high standard, to put your business in the best position to progress, whatever the Brexit deal turns out to be.
Although our future relations with Europe are uncertain, one thing we can all be sure of is that the pace of technological change is not going to slow down any time soon. In fact there are some new requirements for businesses to reduce energy usage, which are going to require all UK businesses to ‘work smarter’ in the future. The good news is, that you can start acting on this today, and that the cost of improving your workplace’s systems can be surprisingly low.
Building a reliable digital core for your business
A reliable structured cabling system should underpin all your business processes. With increased digitisation of records and systems, in both commercial businesses and public sector organisations, your buildings are becoming more dependent on high-quality Internet access, outstanding telecoms and integrated building management systems. The cabling, energy and electrical systems need to meet your specific needs – for now and for the future. A system that meets your functional requirements with built-in scalability will improve your business processes in the short term, and also save you disruptive works in the future.
Great Wi-Fi provision is now integral to many business processes, especially for customer-facing organisations. Installing a seamless, high-bandwidth Wi-Fi system will guarantee that your network can accommodate all your current demands, and be ready for future changes. Consumers in the UK are well ahead of other Europeans in their take-up of digital services, so making sure that your systems are totally up to date is essential for any business intending to grow in the UK – whatever happens with Brexit.
New Energy Tax from 2018 – are you ready for it?
From 2018, the current energy taxes (CRC, CCL etc) will be combined into a new energy tax – and it’s likely this will be higher than the current levels of CCL that many organisations pay.
Previously, the introduction of ESOS for larger organisations had a very positive effect in increasing awareness of energy usage, and promoting energy-saving schemes. The hope is that the new energy tax will galvanise many smaller organisations to introduce energy saving schemes, which will reduce their energy tax. Most organisations will find this very helpful during a period of economic uncertainty, and government austerity.
Funding for energy saving schemes will be available for public and private sectors, making energy saving modifications easier for you to introduce. The Government is providing interest-free funding for local authorities, education and healthcare trusts, on energy saving projects. Businesses can take advantage of finance solutions from manufacturers, offering manageable repayments over a 5 year period from the savings, in some cases giving a net saving!
Lighting can be up to 40% of a typical commercial building electrical energy load. Switching to an LED alternative can provide you with significant savings, and improve your office aesthetics. Newer technologies now allow contractors to replace HID lighting systems with LEDs, while still maintaining existing lamp fittings. This non-invasive procedure provides you with a faster, easier installation with remarkably low costs.
These improvements can be made retrospectively to most buildings, offices and factories, and can be an intrinsic part of all new buildings (especially when incorporated at the design stage). Working with an expert structured cabling & specialist electrical contractor right from project conception will ensure that the buildings will work as efficiently as possible. This will maximise the productivity of your staff and minimise your tax liabilities.
Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, every commercial building needs to have high quality network connections, telecommunications and energy-reducing solutions. By adopting a structured cabling system that can be easily adapted to meet your current and future needs, your business will minimise unnecessary operational setbacks in the future.
Put yourself in a stronger position and call GCL to see how you can improve your business efficiency today. T: 0845 6000 919 E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As published in The Business Edge magazine – March 13 2017
The magazine for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce