LONDON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian headlined recently, 'Balancing the books. In coming years state school finances will be affected by funding changes, the end of a staff pay freeze and a rise in the pupil premium. With the economy continuing to flatline and the government struggling to control a growing national deficit, these are tough times for schools.' The same is true for the independent sector. The Telegraph reported: 'Everywhere, efforts are being made to keep costs down to make schools as attractive as possible. Some have gone so far as to advertise discounted fees.' Chris Allison is Managing Director of Auditel, the UK and Ireland's leading independent cost management consultancy. He explains: 'For schools and colleges, managing costs is an uphill task without dedicated, professional help. These can be as diverse as utilities, catering and stationery, let alone finding the time to keep on top of contract renewals and seek out innovative cost management solutions.' Since 1994, Auditel has built a reputation for delivering ethical and sustainable solutions for the educational sector through their Total Cost of Purchase®. This approach is now widely regarded as the most effective approach to cost management and Auditel regularly delivers results that not only meet, but exceed clients' expectations. Allison says that all educational establishments can be helped. He provides examples of savings for a pre-school day care provider, a secondary school and a college. Pre-school day care: Established in 1983, Busy Bees are the UK's largest provider of pre-school daycare, offering more than 11,500 children's nursery places in 129 unique locations nationwide. Their FD, although sceptical about the Auditel proposition, agreed a trial project to review water charges across all the sites. Over a six-month period, Auditel were able to recoup over £45,000 worth of rebates and identified ongoing annual savings in excess of £14,000. As a result of this exercise, Auditel were invited to investigate the existing contracts with their telephone supplier and a shorter 2-year agreement was negotiated to deliver a common end date. The annual additional saving is estimated at £18,000.