Small and microbusinesses continue to pay more for energy, Ofgem finds

Microbusinesses paid 35% more for their electricity in the first quarter of 2018 compared with larger firms

Bulk of small businesses ‘not switching to cheaper water suppliers’

This is despite many viewing themselves as cost-savvy

New energy switching platform for businesses

A new platform through which small businesses can switch energy suppliers has been launched. Switching Energy’s app enables firms to review live quotes in real-time for their energy supply contract. They will be able to accept the prices and move to a different supplier in one transaction using an e-signature. Founder Jon Davies said: “Having […]

How small businesses can benefit from solar panels

One in 10 small businesses are now generating their own electricity on site, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It said 12% of its members are primarily using solar panels to produce their own energy, which showcases small businesses are realising the benefits the renewable source offers. Since 2012, the cost to install […]

UK small businesses call for improved energy incentives

Small businesses need to be more involved if the UK is to hit its climate targets. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) believe small and independent firms are key to closing the carbon gap – the government just needs to offer them improved incentives and reduce barriers to going green. Its new report suggests the […]

Energy efficiency ‘can reduce business bills by 18-25%’

Energy efficiency can reduce bills by 18-25% with an average payback of less than 1.5 years. That’s according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It also states 31% of FSB members said energy costs were a barrier to growth and 90% of them want to be energy efficient but only a fifth […]

Ditching Green Deal leads to ‘big problems for small firms’

The government’s announcement to scrap funding for the Green Deal last week has left “big implications for small businesses”. That’s according to Bernard Hughes, Communications Director of the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC). The scheme allows householders to make their homes more energy efficient by having installations such as solar panels or loft insulation. This is done through loans with no […]

Rules of conduct needed to deal with "aggressive brokers"

A consumer group has renewed calls for a mandatory code of conduct to deal with the issue of rogue energy brokers. Hannah Mummery, Principal Policy Advocate for Small Business at Consumer Futures said they had a role to play: “Brokers are essential to help small suppliers in the non-domestic sector and small businesses engage.” Speaking […]

E.ON launches flat rate standing charge for small businesses

Power supplier E.ON is introducing a flat rate electricity and gas standing charge in a bid to make pricing easier for small businesses. The new move will benefit businesses joining the energy company or existing customers renewing onto a fixed-term contract from tomorrow. It follows Ofgem’s launch of the new standards of conduct for energy […]

Ofgem’s new rules will give small businesses ‘more confidence’

Energy regulator Ofgem’s new code of conduct for power suppliers in an effort to protect small businesses will build trust and give firms “more confidence”. That’s the view of the trade body for the energy industry, which claims suppliers support the new rules that have been introduced this week. The new standards include the need […]