Tories’ on smart meters; do they risk holding Britain back?

There’s more to the Tories’ proposed energy policy than just a price cap on domestic energy The Conservative’s Manifesto includes a number of dramatic energy initiatives; the biggest headline grabber has been the proposed price cap on household energy bills. But lurking deep in the 60 page document there’s more: a proposal to extend the […]

Tens of thousands affected British Gas billing errors

Are you one of thousands of small businesses affected by British Gas billing errors? The good news is: with our contract and bill validation service we can help! Yesterday, Ofgem (the energy industry regulator) announced it had fined British Gas £9.5m after bungling the billing and complaints of tens of thousands of its business customers during […]

Is business energy cheaper than domestic energy?

Many of our customers ask, “is business energy cheaper than domestic energy?” This question isn’t surprising because, according to the Office of National Statistics, more than 2.1m people now work from home. Many of these are what we call SOHOs (single owner home operator businesses) and micro businesses with 1 to 9 employees. Sometimes they […]

Three ways to save cash with your old equipment

Older, poorly maintained and inefficient equipment is one of the biggest culprits for energy wastage. This was the analysis from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s SME Guide to Energy Efficiency. Much is made of industries ditching their legacy systems and equipment. But for SMEs there is often a cost constraint to throwing out […]

Unplug, switch off and repeat: SMEs could save up to £75 million

SMEs could save up to £75 million on business energy It’s not just the inefficient use of heating, lighting, windows and doors that contributes to energy waste in the workplace. Office equipment and electronic devices such as computers, printers and TV screens cause spikes in bills that put pressure on the bottom line. These three […]

Hidden costs harming SME community

Energy sector brokers ‘not upfront’ about their commission costs Amidst growing concern by regulators over the lack of transparency surrounding commissions being charged by brokers who sell energy to small businesses, a new online marketplace, Energy-Scanner, has launched in the UK to empower small business owners to take back control of their energy contracts. With […]

Almost 1 in 3 businesses say energy costs are their biggest barrier to success

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reported last week that almost a third of businesses regard energy costs as a major hurdle on the track to success. The limited success rates for start-up businesses, plus the constant challenge to maintain prosperity for those more established, mean that paying too much for energy provision is certainly […]

Energy-Scanner aims to get SMEs switching

(New Power) 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 […]

Demand-side response: five barriers to business take-up

(Utility Week) Last year, National Grid pledged to revolutionise energy in the UK, creating a flexible system that relies on demand side response (DSR) for more than 50 per cent of the time by 2030. But the system operator can’t achieve this transformation without the buy-in of customers. The most important at this stage are […]

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 […]