To support the UK’s independent retail sector, energy supplier npower has partnered with Alex Polizzi to offer one lucky business the chance to win a day’s consultancy with the small and medium-sized business expert.


Polizzi, who is famed for her role supporting small businesses on well-known TV shows The Hotel Inspector and Alex Polizzi: The Fixer, will provide one-to-one support and advice for the winning retailer on anything from customer service to cash flow.


The competition is part of a wider partnership which will also see Alex Polizzi share her business advice and inspiration with retailers at the Autumn Fair International on 1 September.  npower will also be at the event, talking to visitors about their energy-related challenges and how effective energy management can improve their bottom line.


Jason Scagell, director of npower SME, commented: “We know that small firms are under a lot of pressure in the current economic climate and they may not always have the time or resources to take a step back and look at ways they can improve their business – so we are delighted to be able to offer small retailers this exclusive opportunity. Alex has extensive experience of working in small, family run businesses, so she’ll be able to provide invaluable consultancy to the winning business.


“The partnership with Alex is part of npower’s wider commitment to better understand our small and medium-sized business customers and ensure we develop the right products and services for them. For example, Autumn Fair International provides the ideal opportunity to meet with retailers, talk about their energy-related challenges and what support we may be able to offer them.”


Alex Polizzi commented: “I’m looking forward to working with the winning business and sharing my experiences from other retailers. The prime focus for most independent retailers is the day to day running of their business, but I hope my insight and advice will help them to look at the bigger picture and assist them in developing their future plans.”


Enter the competition online at The competition is open now and entries close at 5pm on 21 September 2013.


For more information about npower SME, visit


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