Brokers at Make It Cheaper hook up with energy saver

SME energy brokers Make It Cheaper are teaming up with consultancy Eco-Nomics to serve large business energy customers. The service will target larger business clients such as those who need to meet mandatory energy audits under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). John Tarbet, Managing Director of Eco-Nomics said his firm will take care of […]

EXCLUSIVE: North-South split for heating habits

It may not come as a surprise to some – but where you live affects when you turn on the heating. Not only that, how old you are affects this as well, suggests a new report looking into the heating habits of Brits. The survey of 1,000 people by price comparison service Make it Cheaper […]

Guest Blog: Jonathan Elliott – Can the UK be a green energy giant?

That’s one of the big questions the nation faces right now – and from the looks it, with renewable energy projects cropping up all over the UK, the potential for rapid growth is strong. The emphasis on cutting carbon emissions and ramping up the UK’s green credentials is hardly a secret: the government has targets […]

New switching scheme to help 60,000 SMEs cut energy costs

A new energy switching initiative aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) cut their gas and electricity bills was launched yesterday. Peterborough City Council will lead the ‘Ready to Switch for Businesses’ scheme, which aims to target an initial 60,000 SMEs across seven local authority areas drive down their energy prices as well […]

Energy consultancies on ‘level 10’ over TELCA win

Energy consultancies said they were delighted at winning the first-ever Energy Live Consultancy Awards held last Thursday. A total of eight winners took home awards in 12 different categories, including both the I&C and SME sectors. Schneider Electric Professional Services who accepted the I&C Consultancy of the Year award as well as the Best said […]

Energy consultancies celebrate TELCA award win

The champagne was out for energy consultancies last night (27 June) as the first ever Energy Live Consultancy Awards, dubbed the TELCAs, kicked off in high style at the prestigious London Film Museum at County Hall. Editor of Energy Live News Sumit Bose hosted a glitzy Hollywood-themed ceremony where winners were unveiled, before the 400-odd […]

Businesses allow power firms to take advantage

Businesses are likely to fall victim to more energy price rises this year, according to price comparison site Make It Cheaper. Despite recent cuts to gas and electricity prices, the majority of businesses coming out of contracts are facing increases of more than 50%, unless they can find a better deal before being locked-in for […]

Charities Overcharged VAT on Energy Bills

Charities will have paid up to £78 million in unnecessary tax this year because almost half of them are unaware that energy used for ‘non-business’ purposes is subject to a reduced 5% VAT rate and exempt from the Climate Change Levy. Charities, which are billed in much the same way as businesses for gas and […]

Cost Forces SMEs To Raid Family Silver

Cost & credit headache forces SMEs to ‘raid family silver’ •47% of UK small business owners inject personal cash into their company to stay afloat •Average amount borrowed from personal sources is £20,400 •27% of entrepreneurs forced to turn to friends and family for a loan as banks look the other way •13% of SME […]

Businesses should know contract end dates to avoid energy price hikes

With gas and electricity prices on the rise again in 2011, the hikes suffered by people who run businesses will be far worse than for homeowners, warns Make It Cheaper. Recently some business bill payers have seen their fixed price tariffs doubling as they come up for renewal at the end of the contract. Dodie […]