Small and medium businesses (SMEs) get a competitive raw deal, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) observed. But SMEs such as independent shops and garages, B&Bs and others sign up to 2.5 million energy contracts every year, and a new company – Energy Scanner – aims to offer them an easy online switching service. The company is about to launch.
Nick Dwan, Energy Scanner’s strategy director, says of the company’s target group – typically using 10-70MWh per year – “a significant proportion are disengaged with energy. They haven’t negotiated any kind of contract… they tend to call up the incumbent, get a new deal and then reconnect”.