Plan your business budget … and stay in control – expert tips

(The Guardian)

  • In The Guardian’s live Q&A on business budget planning, Rebecca Harrison-Vickers, who looks after the SME propositions team at E.ON, said: “Energy costs tend to be the second or third biggest outgoing after rent and yet many small business owners don’t take action.”
  • Suggested using forecasting tools to help businesses understand how they’ve used energy previously, recording how the weather conditions can impact energy consumption.
  • By getting staff involved in energy saving targets can be an effective way of saving energy. “Competitions are a good idea as well as doing some sort of signposting or labelling of equipment as a reminder to employees about which equipment can be turned off at the end of the working day.”