A firm that works with small businesses helping them to cut costs and improve efficiency is turning its attention to the retail sector.
Weald Business Solutions aims to simplify and streamline ways of working to make life easier for managers and staff and deliver a better service for customers.
It has already proved itself in engineering and manufacturing organisations and is now carrying out a survey within the retail sector where its methods can also make a difference.
Phil Edwards, pictured right, founder of the business, which is based in Uckfield, East Sussex, said retailers were hitting tough times as householders struggled with the effects of soaring fuel costs and a review of working practices was worth considering in challenging times.
‘We firmly believe we can help retailers cut costs, improve management of inventory, improve staff retention and allow them to deliver better customer service.
‘We are talking to as many retailers as we can in the South East and undertaking a survey to better understand the issues they struggle with.
‘Everybody wants to see our high streets stay vibrant with a good range of local shops and we would like to show how we can bring benefits which will lead to improved service for customers and reduced costs for retailers.'
Phil worked in a variety of roles in design, development, engineering, production and manufacturing across a range of industries before setting up as an independent consultant in October 2005.
Clients have included shipping organisations, national charities, international couriers and manufacturers and he has helped them save up to £120,000 a year after reviewing their use of office consumables, utilities, production spares, transport and logistics, print and design, office cleaning, waste disposal and international travel.
Weald Business Solutions aims to bring Phil's experience of process improvement to small local businesses to help reduce costs and improve efficiency.