Running an event in partnership

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Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo) ran a Pop Up Energy Shop in September 2014, working in partnership with National Energy Action, Citizens Advice Bureau and Hove Station Neighbourhoods Forum. This partnership strengthened their ability to engage with the community. Over the week, they gave impartial advice on reducing fuel bills by improving energy efficiency, switching energy supplier and fuel debt advice. More than 150 people visited the shop. 20 people brought in their energy bills, allowing BHESCo to explain their fuel tariffs. They saved an estimated £2,500 collectively for the people who switched energy supplier, ranging from £50 to £650 per household. Their partners were instrumental in helping them to realise the event. Hove Station Neighbourhoods Forum helped BHESCo secure an empty shop as a venue on the busy high street in Hove. Freegle, an online reuse service, was able to provide free use of discarded chairs and tables, reducing their costs and highlighting the importance of reuse. Volunteers from Transition Town Worthing and the Money Works team also helped them to improve their reach.