It’s full steam ahead with big energy savings - Beyond Procurement

Saving £12,800 off their gas and electricity bills!

West Somerset Railway

West Somerset Railway is a heritage tourist attraction operating along a 20 mile long line. They have a small full-time team and are supported by over 100 community volunteers.

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The problem

The railway operate ten stations, gift shop and cafes and were using multiple suppliers with an array of contracts ending on different dates. The management of this was very complex and time-consuming.

During the pandemic, they also received a large trading revenue shortfall due to the truncated operating season with fewer trains running and a reduced capacity resulting from Covid-19 restrictions.


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Our solution & outcome

A Beyond Procurement energy consultant spent a great deal of time gathering all the information to ascertain the best course of action. He decided that the Reverse Auction platform was best suited to bringing down the price. This is where over 40 energy suppliers compete for supplying the railway, driving down the price with each bid.

The railway saved £12,800 off their gas and electricity bills, helping them to survive this very difficult period.

For further details on the railway, go to or call 01643 704996.

"We're going to spread the word about you to other heritage railways"!

We’re thrilled Beyond Procurement are now monitoring our consumption for us and will give strategic advice as and when we should switch suppliers again in the future. With the cost of energy continuing to rise, it’s so re-assuring to have this important support and expertise in place”.

Jonathan Jones-Pratt, Chairman of West Somerset Railway

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