A large Energy retailer was facing significant challenges with customer debt, requiring improvements to their collections processes to mitigate this. Their total debt was ~£100m at the time of engaging BFY, with communication gaps present across the customer debt journey.
Our Debt Taskforce assessed the E2E collections journey, discovering that customers were receiving no debt communications beyond the early collections phase. A lack of risk-based journey optimisation was also evident, meaning limited escalated treatments were in place, resulting in a high volume of customers completing the journey with unresolved debt.
In addition to this, we found that ~60k customers had reached late-stage recoveries, without any BAU treatment options to manage this. This was caused by field activity for warrants and mode switches being on hold, as a result of the ongoing cost of living crisis.
To address the gaps in communications, we created a multi-stage, targeted collections campaign, which was based upon the risk-level of each cohort. A new customer engagement platform was also implemented to ensure this was delivered effectively.
Finally, we mobilised a team of specialist debt experts, focussing on account management for segments of complex debt, including the ~60k customers in late-stage recoveries.
As a result of these initiatives, our client achieved a total benefit of ~£11m. This included a ~£7m increase in collected cash, while also driving a ~£4m reduction in BDC.