Why let one business energy supplier monopolise your business? Find the best energy supplier for your business needs with uSwitch business energy.
Business energy customers certainly have options when deciding who to choose for their energy supply.
Who is my business energy supplier?
The familiar names which currently supply your home can also supply your business.
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- npower business
- Scottish and Southern Energy
These commercial energy suppliers all offer energy plans for business customers, but there are many other smaller companies providing competitive prices too.
Like domestic customers, businesses are free to choose the best business energy supplier for their needs.
But with so many options and variables involved in choosing the best business energy supplier, many businesses opt to use an experienced intermediary to do the research and negotiations for them.
How do I choose the best business energy supplier?
uSwitchforbusiness provides a simple and efficient service to find the best energy deals for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Simply give the business energy experts a call on 0800 188 4930 and give us a few details from your last business energy bill or some information about your business energy needs and we will speak to suppliers on your behalf and find you a range of quotes to compare and choose from.
How does uSwitch evaluate business energy suppliers?
uSwitch business energy compares plans from many commercial gas and electricity suppliers. uSwitch is not a supplier itself, but acts as an energy broker in association with its partners, giving businesses a comprehensive view of the business energy suppliers on offer.
Years of experience as the leading energy comparison service in the UK means uSwitch have built up relationships with suppliers across the country and understand what matters most to business energy consumers.
With uSwitchforBusiness we tailor our comparison service to your business's needs. Unlike with residential energy comparison, carrying out a simple online comparison for business energy is just not possible because each supplier will only provide a quote to you based on your specific energy requirements.
If you were to compare business energy suppliers yourself you would need to contact each one individually and get a quote from each one.
uSwitch business energy makes it easier to choose the most appropriate deal for your business energy needs. We will do the hard work on your behalf based on your needs and help you select the best possible supplier and deal for your business.
Why put up with high business energy prices?
Save on your business energy bills by becoming one of the thousands of customers who switch with uSwitch each week.
There are dozens of business energy suppliers in the UK. Despite this, the big six - British Gas, EDF Energy, npower, E.ON, Scottish and Southern Energy, and ScottishPower are the most popular among commercial business and residential energy customers.
However, choosing which supplier to go for will depend on your needs. The larger, nationwide energy suppliers are more likely to offer multi-meter tariffs for big companies that consume an above average amount of electricity.
If your business has more than one location in the UK, read the uSwitchforBusiness guide to Install a multi-site meter for your business.
What to consider when comparing business energy suppliers
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a new business energy supplier.
Each one will have their own terms and conditions, as well as benefits and drawbacks that might make or break your decision to commit to a new business energy contract.
Business energy suppliers checklist
Be sure to check the following when making a comparison between business energy suppliers:
- Unit rate and standing charges
- Out of contract rates
- Regional prices
- Contract length
- Renewal window
- Dual fuel discount
- Business energy meters
There are two main charges on most business energy bills. Read the guide on how to Compare business energy prices per kWh to understand unit rate and standing charge. The unit rate is the cost per unit of electricity or gas. The price can be fixed or variable, but the total cost of this will vary depending on your usage every month. The standing charge is a daily cost for delivering the energy to your business and to help with the National Grid's maintenance costs.
If you don't formally terminate your deal with your business energy supplier, you will be moved onto an out of contract rate, which is usually more expensive. With uSwitchforBusiness we can remind you to start the comparison and switching process before your contract ends so you can avoid the out of contract rates, but it's worth checking this either way. Read the guide about, Variable Business Energy Rates to find the right energy deal.
The location of your business will impact the cost of your energy supply. If your business location isn't flexible then there might not be a lot you can do about this, but it's good to know how much your energy supply would cost elsewhere.
Check what discounts each business energy supplier offers for signing up for a longer term contract. Compare fixed term deals and see how much you could save.
How long is the renewal window for your business energy supplier? The renewal window is the period where you're allowed to negotiate a new contract with a different business energy supplier. The renewal period is usually somewhere between one month and six months before your contract expires.
Check if the business energy suppliers you are comparing offer a discount for buying both electricity and gas from them. It might be cheaper to get both fuels from one supplier, but check first as you could save by getting them separately.
Look at the type of meters your business energy supplier offers. Does your business need a HH meter? Check out our guide, half hourly electricity meters to learn more. You can also Install a multi-site meter for your business to save time and money if your business has more than one location.
If your business is moving into brand new premises that don’t have an energy connection, you will need to ask your energy supplier if they provide new connections. In some cases, businesses might need an upgrade or installation of a new meter. Ask what they charge for these services and how much it would cost if you were to uninstall the meter or if you're obliged to stay in your contract as a result of the work they've carried out.
uSwitchforbusiness can ask all of these questions on your behalf and make comparing business energy simpler. Give us a call today on 0800 188 4930.
*Based on energy contracts arranged from 01 Jan 2018 to 30 Jun 2018 by uSwitchforBusiness, when compared to prices or renewal quotes from existing suppliers.