MANCHESTER, England, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of recent Coalition cuts to public sector services, leading communications firm, Powwownow announces the huge saving potential of making a conference call. New research found, on average, that Powwownow has saved its last 10 public sector clients a remarkable 47 per cent.
Working with leading NHS Trusts, Fire and Ambulance Services as well as many Further and Higher Education bodies, the conference call company has built an impressively loyal customer base.
"Powwownow has seen a dramatic increase in public sector clients over the past twelve months. It is also worth noting existing clients have increased usage by an average of 20 per cent. Conference calling, despite the advent of video conferencing, remains a vital cost-saving tool for many companies. And in spite of the market being crowded, it is the fact Powwownow's service remains low-cost and easy to use that has seen both usage and new customers soar," says Andrew Peace, Joint Powwownow CEO.
By creating smarter, leaner and more efficient public services, is it hoped a larger number of staff will retain their jobs. The harsh reality of it is, a 37 billion pounds Sterling reduction in funding has hit the NHS, Local Government and the Education sectors hardest, and it seems the worst is yet to come.
Official estimates suggest that 330,000 public sector jobs could be lost over the next four years. But according to John Philpott, Chief Economic Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, that figure may have to be revised: "Figures showing that public sector employment had already fallen by 123,000 in the year to December 2010 suggest that the eventual cull of public sector jobs by 2015 could be considerably higher than current Office for Budget Responsibility estimates suggest."
Powwownow's findings come as they launch a national survey aimed at discovering exactly how much companies save each year using conference call services such as theirs – the results of which will be published on their website early July.
Powwownow was founded in the UK in 2004, offering customers low-cost conference calling facilities with the ethos of no booking, no billing, no fuss. The customer does not need to book a conference room and never receives a bill from Powwownow. They only pay the cost of their own call, which is added to their standard telecoms bill. The company now operates in 15 countries worldwide including the US and major European markets and recently acquired web conferencing and business collaboration providers, Yuuguu. Turnover for 2011 is predicted to reach 10m pounds.
Powwownow employs 49 people and is based in Richmond and Manchester.