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To help you run a strong, efficient and reliable business operation, your company should have a good energy supplier, providing you with affordable services to power your company successfully.
So what should you consider to help you find the right energy provider for your business? This blog aims to help.
When it comes to finding an energy supplier - like most things in business - a good place to start is to assess your business needs.
It’s a good idea to think about things like:
A big part of finding the right energy supplier is finding one that can provide the right tariff and contract for your business.
There are different things to consider when finding the most suitable tariff and contract. This includes energy prices, how often they fluctuate, and how flexible your contract needs to be. Considering the points in the above section, like when and how you use energy most, can also help you find you the most cost-effective contract.
Also be clear in understanding exactly what different supplier tariffs include. For example, do monthly fees include charges for transmission and distribution or are these set as additional costs.
You might also want to choose a supplier tariff that combines your gas and electricity payments, offering a dual package, rather than being charged for them separately. Deals like this could save you money on your bills in the long run.
When it comes to energy contracts, there are different types on offer that can vary from supplier to supplier. They include:
Fixed term – You pay a set price until the end of a fixed term, such as 12 months. This provides you with protection against rising prices, but you may have to pay a fee if you leave before the contract ends.
Pass through contracts – The price you pay can vary as non-commodity prices rise and fall. However, this contract is usually only available to larger SMEs.
When entering into any type of contract, it’s important to be wary of roll-on contracts. These automatically renew, regardless of changes in energy prices. While energy suppliers should inform you before a contract is renewed, in a fast-paced business it can be easy to miss these notifications.
It’s important to do your research and shop around to find the best energy supplier. Consider comparing prices for electricity and gas, according to your needs, to see if you can find cheaper or more beneficial deals. It’s also a good idea to work out your annual savings and check how they will vary across different suppliers.
Some deals might offer benefits outside your business, like providing energy for your home, while others might offer advice in how to become more energy efficient. You can learn more about developing your business into an energy-efficient company in our blog, How can I make my business more energy-efficient?
When doing your research, it’s a good idea to contact energy suppliers to ask them about their offerings, and their approach to providing energy for businesses.
Finding an energy supplier with a good track record of customer service is also wise when running a business. The day-to-day occurrences of a fast-paced company mean that you should have a service that is responsive. This includes getting back to you about general queries quickly, as well as dealing with issues that might temporarily harm your business operation, like a power outage.
It’s a good idea to look at whether a supplier has good experience in providing energy for businesses like yours, as well as taking into account reviews and service recommendations from customers.
It’s worth speaking to suppliers to better understand their approach to customer service, and to get a snapshot of how responsive they are. The less time you spend managing your energy needs, the more time you can spend focussing on what matters – running your business.
With our expert energy services, we can help you develop your business and achieve your company ambitions. The service, which we offer to all our FSB Business Essentials members, includes:
To find out more about this service and how we can help you and your company, please visit our FSB Energy page. Alternatively, fill in our contact us page, email email@example.com, or call 0808 20 20 888 to speak to a member of our team and learn how to take your business forward today.
As a member of the FSB, all your energy needs are covered.
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