North West

By 15th May 2018 No Comments

Blackburn/ Accrington

“Phillip provided a Telecoms Audit for a small cluster group of Primary Schools in Blackburn. He found savings in excess of £16,000 over 3 years- cannot recommend enough!” Maggie Duncan, School Business Manager, The Redeemer School, Blackburn

“TGE Solutions were recommended to us and I am so pleased we instructed them!  I have been meaning to instruct a company to carry out a telephone cost audit for some time, but it never took priority.  The professionalism and the quick turnaround of the audit was very impressive.  I had to do very little in return for an extensive and transparent report.  The clear communication from the start to end has been exemplary and I wish I had contacted them years ago as they are saving us over £1,000 per year. I would certainly recommend them and would urge anyone to carry out this exercise. 5/5 rating.” Sandra Higgins, School Business Manager, St. Matthew’s CEP School with Brunel Nursery School, Blackburn

“I was introduced to TGE solutions through LASBM. Phil carried out a telecoms audit which required no effort from me, all I had to do was provide some existing telephone bills.  They sought out different telecoms companies to find the most competitive deal for our schools. As we are a PFI school it soon became apparent that before my arrival in this post, the school has been left with some very high telecoms charges through BT that were not set up with a school in mind.  We were recommended a company and we switched, saving the school a phenomenal £7,314 in 2017/18 compared to the previous year. This was therefore of course worth every penny of the fee we paid. TGE Solutions also assisted us in changing our mobile phone contracts, which was again effortless on my part as they did all the work. I would recommend any school to provide their telephone bills, you might be a horror story like I was. Nothing ventured nothing gained!” Nicola Chester, School Business Manager, Blackburn Central High School

“TGE Solutions offered a great service which involved minimal work from us. The staff were friendly and ultimately resulted in annual savings at a time when budgets are under extreme pressure.” Brendan Georgy, School Business Manager, Mount Carmel RC High School

“Following my attendance of the LASBM conference, I requested an informal discussion with TGE Services to see if there could be savings to make at our school for telephone costs. The process was quick, honest, seamless and most of all –  financially efficient.” Andrea Aspden, School Business Manager, Peel Park Primary School, Accrington


“TGE Solutions professional input and advice resulted in the nursery making valuable savings in this very easy audit process.  Highly recommended!” Donna Worthington, School Business Manager, Basnett Street Nursery School, Burnley

“It is my pleasure to recommend the services of TGE Solutions who we used for a telecoms audit exercise in March 2017 to ascertain what cost savings we could make on our annual telecoms expenditure. The audit came back very quickly and showed we could make substantial annual savings. They offered us extensive guidance on switching both our line rentals and calls to another provider and assured us at every stage of the procedure. During the process of moving providers, Phillip Allum and his team were excellent and our school was not disrupted in any way with the change of telecoms provider. I have no hesitation in recommending them and can also say Phillip is very passionate about saving schools money and appreciates the pressures we are all up against with our budgets” Paula Mason, School Business Manager, Ightenhill Primary School, Burnley

“Having previously spent ages undertaking a review of our phone costs and saving a considerable amount of money, I was amazed when following the telecoms audit Phil secured even further savings!  The whole audit process was overseen by Phil with little input from myself……I can’t rate TGE Solutions highly enough.  Thank you.” Carolyn Keogh, School Business Manager, Cherry Fold Community Primary School, Burnley

“The service provided by TGE Solutions was exceptional from start to finish with a seamless switch managed on our behalf by TGE Solutions. We are already saving money after receiving our first bill from the new provider” Lana Owens, School Business Manager, St John’s C of E Primary School, Cliviger, Burnley

“Following a Telecoms Audit for our Primary School, TGE Solutions found savings of just under £4,000 per year which we are absolutely delighted with. We will certainly put this money to good use elsewhere within the school budget!” Amanda Embley, School Business Manager, Lomeshaye Junior School, Nelson

“TGE Solutions carried out a telecoms audit earlier this year.  As a result of this we are now looking at savings in the future of approx. 35%, a pleasing result when budgets are already stretched to breaking point.” Philippa Snowden, School Business Manager, Whitefield Infant School and Nursery, Nelson

“The initial tender process with TGE solutions was informative and simple to follow.  The telephone installation went without a hitch. Overall we received an excellent service from start to finish.” Luanne Galawan, School Business Manager, Stoneyholme Community Primary School, Burnley


“TGE Solutions assisted us with sourcing a new telephone call and line rental provider and managed the transition between the old and new suppliers ensuring the process was seamless and painless.” Kirstin Middleton, School Business Manager, Bury CE High School

“Changing the telephone system is a daunting prospect as the technology involved is something staff in schools are not familiar with. We worked with TGE Solutions to help with the procurement process, most importantly they took time to understand our specific needs and provide guidance on the marketplace and options available. It was refreshing that TGE were not trying to sell me a system but to provide advice on the most suitable solution and then obtain the best price.” Andrew Morley, Business Manager, Parrenthorn High School, Manchester

“I was initially dubious about using a broker to procure our new telephone system but was encouraged by the positive experiences of local schools.  Anyone who’s looked into buying a new phone system will know that the phone industry is packed with acronyms and mysterious terminology.  Phil cut through the nonsense and delivered easy-to-understand, future-proof options within our budget.  And by switching our telephone calls provider as well, we were able to save more than enough money to cover TGE’s one-off fee and continue to save each year on our calls and line rental.  Thanks, Phil!” Karen McMahon, Business Manager, Tottington Primary School

“TGE Solutions are always very friendly and professional; all the way through the process of writing a detailed tender on our behalf, to overseeing the installation of a full and modern new phone system. We are really glad we decided to work with Phil and the team, we never had any problems at all and everything was explained and documented clearly. We used to get frustrated with our old phones and phone lines but now everything has been upgraded, updated and our costs have been reduced. Thanks TGE Solutions!” Dan Crook, Data Manager, Whitworth Community High School, Rochdale

Preston/ Chorley

“We were first introduced to TGE Solutions over two years ago, and the service they provide is excellent. They did all the hard work and provided me with different options, which would save the school money.  Whilst our savings may not be as great as some schools, there were savings nevertheless. I would highly recommend TGE Solutions; you have nothing to lose.” Vicki Hayward, School Business Manager, Archbishop Temple School, Fulwood, Preston

“Telephone systems are not my forte and wouldn’t know where to start writing a tender for this type of service.  TGE Solutions guidance and support was excellent, they guided me through every step of the tender process, making it very simple and straight forward to a successful conclusion.” Kim Gill, Director of Business & Finance, Lostock Hall Academy, Preston

“Very happy with the savings audit TGE found for us – easy monthly billing from our new provider & we save money too! What’s not to like?” Annie McEnnerney-Whittle, School Business Manager, St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Preston 

“I have seen an immediate impact on my telephone bills with a saving of 50%!  Although it is early days with my new contractor I hope these savings continue. TGE, and Phil, have been easy and professional to deal with.” Rachel Smith, School Business Manager, Fulwood and Cadley Primary School, Fulwood, Preston

“Having worked with Phil and the TGE Solutions Team for almost two years, their work in sourcing us value for money and an effective service has been second to none within our School setting.  We’ve seen a saving in telephony costs which we have been able to plough back into resources for our pupils.  Phil is always happy to help with queries we have and offered an efficient and effective service when procuring the changes we were wishing to make to our services.” Liz Ascroft, School Business Manager, Hillside Specialist School and College, Preston

“When TGE Solutions carried out a telecommunications audit for us, I was surprised and delighted to discover that we could make savings of £2,000 per year. Following a short meeting with TGE Solutions, I received a detailed audit report and we were benefitting from the savings within a few weeks!” Lynn Hood, Business & Finance Manager, Bishop Rawstorne CE Academy, Croston

“I can personally recommend TGE Solutions- They deliver! We have saved an awful lot of money on telephone bills since the school transferred to a new provider following a cost savings audit” Sheila Cooper, School Business Manager, Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley

“Following an audit by TGE Solutions, we continue to save money on a monthly basis and ensure costs are minimised and resources are used effectively and efficiently.  The assistance given to achieve this was both professional and friendly. TGE helped us through a very difficult transfer with our previous provider and have always been on call when there were initial issues with the new provider. An absolute excellent service and definitely value for money. When it came to reviewing the contract again with our current provider, TGE were only a phone call away to provide reassurance and confirm the new contract was value for money compared to current market rates. This assistance was provided at no cost to the school, showing the excellent level of after sales service and care TGE provide.

Definitely recommend to all schools to use TGE, they undertake the work for you and take pain away with the end result of acquiring quality provider will little fuss and excellent savings which can be used towards the school’s wish list.”  Yamin Polli, Business Manager, Preston Muslim Girls High School, Preston

“Telephone systems are not my forte and wouldn’t know where to start writing a tender for this type of service. Phillip’s guidance and support was excellent, he guided me through every step of the tender process, ensured the installation went smoothly and provided follow up support. Phillip made it very simple and straight forward to a successful conclusion. I recommend TGE Solutions without hesitation.” Kim Gill, Assistant Vice Principal – Director of Business & Finance, Lostock Hall Academy, Preston

“Working with TGE Solutions was so easy and required minimal effort from us. They carried out a telecoms audit which resulted in significant annual savings. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them!” Lynsey Muncaster, Finance Manager, Penwortham Girls’ High School, Preston

“The service provided by TGE solutions during the schools recent telephone system tender process was exceptional.  It was not quite as straight forward as I had hoped but I was supported throughout and never felt left to cope on my own.  I would thoroughly recommend their services.” Lorraine Bowden, School Business Manager, Queen’s Drive Primary School, Fulwood, Preston

“I can certainly recommend TGE Solutions- Following an audit of our line and call charges and subsequent transition to another provider, we have saved a lot of money on telephone bills. Earlier this year I, again, sought the help of TGE when looking at options for a new phone system. Phillip carried out the audit, made recommendations and managed the whole tender process. The new phone system was installed over the summer with very little impact on my time. Always a bonus! Thank you.” Janet Englishby. Business Manager, Broughton High School, Preston.

“I have used the services of TGE Solutions in two schools that I have worked in and have made significant savings on telecoms expenditure both times.  The process is very straightforward, they do all the hard work for you!  They not only reduced our call and line rental charges, but also identified that we were paying for items we weren’t aware of and did not need.” Mandy Gaitens, School Business Manager, Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School, Preston

“TGE Solutions carried out a telecoms audit and were able to save us money on our existing contract, which more than covered the costs of the audit.  Additionally, they have recently carried out a telephone procurement ahead of the BT analogue switch-off and have again been able to reduce our call charges.  I would definitely recommend you speak to any one of the fantastic team they have; I’m sure you’ll be surprised at the savings you will make.” Vicki Hayward, School Business Manager, Archbishop Temple School, Fulwood, Preston

“TGE Solutions provided us with a professional transparent service and guided us through the process of giving notice on our expiring contract with another provider which wasn’t meeting our needs. The proposal from TGE was clear and concise which enabled us to make an informed decision. I would highly recommend Phil and his team at TGE” Elaine Maguire, School Business Manager, St. Teresa’s Primary School, Preston


“I was introduced to TGE Solutions through our local admin/SBM cluster where a number of schools had already made savings using the company. We were coming to the end of a contract with BT which I knew was very expensive. Within a couple of weeks of having a meeting with TGE Solutions I received a Telecoms Audit Report detailing current costs compared to costs from three other telecoms providers. I immediately signed up to the cheapest quote. The whole transition was carried out via TGE Solutions and was seamless from my point of view. More importantly the change took very little time and effort from me. The small charge for the service was more than worth it for Dallas Road School as we ended up saving over £1,000 per year not to mention saving me the hassle of sorting it out. I will be looking for a new telephone system in the near future and will be asking TGE Solutions to help me with that too.” Karen Foster, School Business Manager, Dallas Road Primary School, Lancaster

“TGE Solutions carried out a Telecoms Audit for us and confirmed that I already had good rates. They did however find some hidden charges that I wasn’t aware of that amounted to over £700 a year. One quick call to my existing provider and these charges were removed. If you haven’t already contacted TGE Solutions to arrange an audit, I can definitely recommend it.” Sue Edwards Director of Business & Finance, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Lancaster

“TGE Solutions, input and advice was invaluable throughout the entire process They have saved LRGS a considerable amount of time and money on both LAN Lines and Mobile phone bills.  Within 2 weeks of the new supplier taking over the Lan Phones they visited the site for Health Check and to ensure the system was up to date with updates and security checks” Kevin Gilpin, Lancaster Royal Grammar School


“The service we received from TGE Solutions was very slick, professional and efficient.  They did all the hard work for us, from writing tender documents for the procurement of a new telephone system, to ensuring that the installation went smoothly after we had chosen which company and system to buy, saving us money all the way” Janice Thomason, Business Manager, Mayfield Primary School, Lytham St Annes


“TGE Solutions provided a professional and friendly service.  Following an audit, transition of our telephone provision to the new provider was a seamless exercise and has resulted in an annual saving of over £1400” Ann Culshaw, School Business Manager, Kingsbury Primary Special School, Skelmersdale