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How to Switch your Business Electricity & Gas Supplier – Step By Step Guide

Step by step Guide – Switching your Business Electricity / Business Gas Supplier.

Energy suppliers have diverse and difficult rules about renewing your business utility (commercial electricity / commercial gas) contract with them. Depending on your current contract, the supplier can write to you up to four months in advance of your renewal date, offering the new rates.

This letter is the start of your renewal window and it’s the opportunity to terminate the contract. FreePriceCompare.com helps 1000s of customers terminate their contract and finds a better deal with an alternative supplier or even the current supplier.

Please note,the roll-over or renewal contract prices can be up to 150% more expensive than the current market price when you fail to negotiate a new contract.

We recognise that running a business is time consuming leaving you with very little time to look at your bills, so why not save time, money and effort by simplifying your search today? At FreePriceCompare.com we remove the hassle by offering a free, impartial & independent service which could save you £1038* (or perhaps even more) off your bills.

Here’s what you need to have ready when you ring us or we ring you

  • Your Electricity bill / Gas bill.
  • Your current contract end date.
  • Your annual spend OR annual energy consumption in kWh.
  • Your supply address.
  • Renewal letter (if received from your current supplier so we can compare against their quotes)

If you don’t have all of this information we can still get you a quote based on your supply address.


Step 1 – Call us or request a call back

Once you get in touch with us, our friendly staff, based in London, will provide free and impartial advice to get you the best deals available on the market.


Step 2 – Tell us about your business needs and energy requirements.

To find you the best deal it is very important for us to understand your business needs. Finding a best deal is not just about finding the cheapest business energy prices, you may want to consider followings:

  • Online account management / e-bills,
  • Smart meter,
  • One supplier for multiple premises,
  • Your business may require green deal(green energy solutions),
  • Proffered supplier of your choice,
  • Personal account manager,
  • Lower standing charge,
  • Your payment method preference, such as Direct Debit, cash or cheque
  • Best customer service and anything else that’s required by your business, we’ll be happy to discuss and find energy services tailored to your business needs.

Step 3 – Our turn to find you the best business energy quotes for your business.

We have access to pricing for the whole market, including the “Big Six” energy suppliers. This allows us to compare business electricity & business gas prices and tariffs leaving no stone unturned to get the best electricity/ gas deal for your business in the shortest time.

  • We will always be independent and impartial quoting the right deal for your business.
  • We will be honest and upfront about what we offer and advise
  • As per our customer focus, we even tell you if we think there is a better deal to be found elsewhere.
  • We never favour one supplier over another – our aim is to deliver according to what our customers need.
  • We will give you a variety of options of quotes, explaining the contractual terms.
  • We will use plain English so you are able to make an informed decision.

Step 4 – Switching your business electricity / business gas.

Once we have provided you with best quotes for your business utilities, it’s your chances to consider and decide which one is best for you. We strongly advice our clients to make decision as soon as possible as the business energy wholesale market is very volatile and supplier often change prices. – So if you don’t make your decision you could end up losing out and paying more.

Once you have decide and ready to switch – we will take you though Verbal contract as supplier requirement.

As you can expect, we’ll take care of the paperwork, leaving you free to focus on what really matters – growing your business.

What you need to do next

  • Terminate your contract with your current supplier – We will provide you a letter that you need to send out to your current supplier via email (recommended) or recorded postal delivery.
  • Sign and return LOA (letter of authority) – We will also send you a letter of authority which allows us to act on your behalf if any objection/rejection occurs from your current supplier.
  • Wait for your paper contract – You will receive a paper contract directly from your new supplier.
  • Take a meter reading – Your old energy supplier will contact you and ask for final meter reading before you switch (meter reading should be taken on last day of your existing contract).

How long it takes to switch to complete.

It takes up to 30 calendar days to switch your business electricity and gas supplier. We will keep you up to date via email and your new supplier will send out contract agreement and schedule. You can apply to switch as early as six months before your current contract end date.

Our future together

Once you’ve switched, we will automatically set up a reminder for you to remind you that your contract is coming up for renewal to ensure you don’t get rolled over to unfavourable rates.

  • Our business customer can save up to £1038* off their utility bills.

Electricity prices, plans and contracts explained

Are you paying above average for your business electricity? In 2019 businesses paid on average 11.66 p/kWh. If your business is paying over 13 p/kWh it could be time to switch. At Free Price Compare we'll help you compare business electricity with quotes from the Big 6 and independent suppliers. We're honest and transparent about the information we provide, helping you to get the best deal for your business.

When it comes to business electricity prices, there are two different charges. The rate you pay will depend on the size of your business and your electricity usage:

  • Electricity unit rate: This is the price you pay for the amount of electricity you use and makes up the bulk of your bill. The price is given in pence per kWh.
  • Standing Charge: This is the price your business pays to access electricity priced in pence per day.

It's important to compare both the unit rate and standing charge when you switch providers. A lower unit rate with a higher standing charge could end up costing you more in the long run. Whatever size your business, when you make a business electricity comparison, you'll be offered two tariffs:

By fixing your electricity price you'll protect your business from market fluctuations and make it easier to cover your monthly outgoings. But prices won't go down if the wholesale price drops.

A flexible price plan means that the amount you pay responds to the wholesale market. Good news if the price falls but not so great when the wholesale price rises. Some flexible tariffs let you switch with as little as 30 days' notice.

As a business, you won't be offered a dual fuel option.

Because no two businesses are ever alike, no two contracts are ever the same. But avoid these contracts that can cost you more than the charges you're currently paying, locking you into higher prices for up to 5 years:

Moved into new premises? Let your current contract end without switching? Then you'll be put on a deemed contract with business electricity rates typically 80% higher than a negotiated contract.

Received a new offer from your business energy suppliers and can't be bothered to switch? You could be paying 70-100% more for your electricity on a rollover contract.

At Free Price Compare we can get you the best deal on your next business electricity contract in just a few simple steps.

There are various factors looked at when calculation business electricity unit price and daily standing charges, such as:

  • Businesses existing electricity plan
  • Current electricity supplier name
  • Business monthly average electricity spend
  • Daily standing charge for your current plan
  • Business meter type and MPAN no (if applicable)
  • Annual electricity usage in kWh (kilowatt-hour)

  • Day time unit rate in kWh
  • Night time unit rate
  • Daily supplier standing charges

If you compare your business electricity unit prices with Free Price Compare, we will also show following contractual information's:

  • Monthly estimated electricity bills
  • Annual estimated electricity bills and usage you may use
  • Electricity contract length
  • Electricity fixed term contract or variable contract

  • Business electricity meter types and profile class
  • Business premises location
  • Business energy consumptions
  • Business size

Business electricity prices for 3 year contract

Energy supplierStanding ChargeUnit Price kWh 
Octopus Energy27.3813.67Compare Now
BGLite28.1413.12Compare Now
Dual Energy26.1913.20Compare Now
SSE30.2213.58Compare Now
British Gas33.2113.38Compare Now
Scotish Power31.1413.16Compare Now
TotalGP34.5513.92Compare Now
Gazprom34.5813.61Compare Now
Opus31.0013.72Compare Now
EDF25.0014.50Compare Now
Npower24.0914.00Compare Now
EON30.0013.28Compare Now

The average Standing charge based on a 3 year contract is at 27.24 pence. The average unit rate based on a 3 year contract is at 13.94 pence.

Energy supplier prices correct as of 17/03/2020 and based on a business electricity meter type

Gas prices, plans and contracts explained

At Free Price Compare we can save you money on your business energy supply. By understanding gas prices, plans and contracts and comparing energy prices across the Big 6 and a wide range of independents, we can get you the best deal for your business.

We understand that no two businesses are ever alike which is why we compare quotes from British Gas, NPower, EDF Energy, Scottish Power and more.

Depending on the size of your business, you'll pay anything from 4.3p to 5p a unit with standing charges between 19 and 25p a day. To find the cheapest prices for your micro, small or medium business, we make it easy to compare prices with our transparent and tailor-made quotes. The gas market is highly volatile, with prices changing rapidly in real time. That can influence the type of pricing plan or tariff and contract you opt for:

  • A fixed rate tariff locks in a deal for up to three years and protects your business against sudden price rises. But you can't switch contracts if the price falls.
  • If your usage is high, a flexible tariff lets you pay upfront. But you'll lose out if the market price falls after you've paid and price rises make it harder to budget.
  • Businesses who are aiming to reduce their carbon footprint should take a look at eco tariffs.
  • Pass-through contracts are a hybrid of fixed and flexible rates. They offer a lower fixed unit price than a fixed rate contract but variable standing charges which can fluctuate in line with government policy.

When it comes to signing up with business gas suppliers, there are two types of contract you want to avoid:

  • Deemed rate gas contract: if you moved into new premises and kept the same supplier or you haven't switched in a few years, you could be on a deemed rate contract and paying up to 80% more for your energy.
  • Rollover gas contract: Has your contract gone past the renewal window? Then the chances are your supplier will have rolled you over onto a prohibitively expensive contract.

Don't worry - at Free Price Compare we take the hassle out of switching with our simple step by step process. Not in a renewal window? We'll get back in touch when it's time to switch. Whatever contract is right for you, always compare with us to get the best price.

  • Charges and fees applied by governing bodies or appointed regulators
  • Demand required and supply available
  • Government related charges, such as climate levies and initiatives
  • Currency and currency exchange rates around the world

Gas unit rates are mainly based on 4 different business sizes:

  • 1. Micro business - less than 10 employees and gas consumption would be les than 293000 kWh per annum, additionally shouldn't be more than €2m (which is equivalent to £1.8m)
  • 2. Small business - as per EU 2003/361, a small business has less than 50 employees and turn over is up to €10 million.
  • 3. Large business - has 250 employees or more and turn over higher than small businesses.
  • 4. Multisite business - business operates its services from multiple premises. Gas suppliers usually discounts to multisite business as they use more gas.

  • Daily gas standing charge (some supplier offers £0 daily charge)
  • Gas unit rate in kWh
  • Current gas supplier details, including tariff name
  • Contract / gas plan end date
  • Annual gas consumption

We would also show following gas contractual information for your peace of mind:

  • Ga price plan terms
  • Estimated gas bill per year
  • Estimated gas bill per month
  • Cancelation terms

Changing business energy supplier when moving premises

Relocating your premises is a great opportunity to change energy suppliers and get the best deal on your gas and electricity; if you don't you might end up on an expensive deemed rate contract. Let Free Price Compare make your next move hassle-free with our simple step by step process:

  • Take a final meter reading
  • Let your supplier know the date of your move
  • Check your electricity meter for the MPAN number and make a note of it
  • Tell them the address where you'd like them to send the final bill

Now you're ready to make the switch with our business energy comparison quotes:

  • Call us or request a call back
  • Tell us about your business needs and energy requirements
  • Get the best business energy quotes for your business
  • Make the switch and we'll automatically remind you when your renewal date is due

All you need to do now is:

  • Terminate the contract with the existing supplier by email or post using the letter we supply
  • Sign and return the LOA (letter of authority) we send you
  • Wait for your paper contract

Business Energy for multiple sites

If your business operates over more than one site, you may need a multiple metering tariff. As part of our free and impartial service, we can help you get the best deal when you switch to a multiple site contract. This tariff streamlines your business energy by bringing all your business sites under a single contract with one renewal date which means there's less chance of you missing the renewal window and ending up on an expensive contract.

Negotiating with multiple suppliers can be a hassle, which is why we make switching to the best deal for your multiple sites energy as simple as one phone call. Just have the following information handy and we can start negotiating the best multiple sites deal for your business:

  • Your latest energy bill or bills
  • Information about your business needs
  • Your MPAN and MPRN numbers from your electricity and gas meters
  • Contract end date and start of the renewal window

Even if it's not time to switch right now, we can contact you again when the renewal window opens.

Understanding business electricity meter types

There are a wide range of business energy meters. Here's how they could benefit your business:

Half Hourly or Smart Meters: By feeding back regular readings to your energy supplier, these meters give an insight into your energy usage for accurate billing.

Half hourly meter class: 00

Half hourly business meters also known as HH and 00 meters which measures accurate unit used every half hour and reports to your energy supplier.

Who can get half hourly meters?

Any UK businesses demand more than 100kW would legally require to get a half hourly meter installed. If your energy demand is more than 70kW, you can ask your supplier to install 00 meter for your business but it's not mandatory.

Business standard rate meter: Meters with an MPAN number starting 03 charge every unit at the same standard rate.

Standard rate meter profile class: 03 and 04

Meter profile class 03 also known as non-domestic and one-unit rate meter. This type of meters commonly used by small businesses who use low energy consumptions.

Meter profile class 04 also known as non-domestic economy 7 (E7 meter) and is a two-unit rate meter. One-unit rate for day time electricity usage and another for night time energy usage. Usually all electricity suppliers offer cheaper prices during off peak and slightly higher electricity rates during peak time.

Day time hours: usually 7am to 11:59pm

Night time hours: usually 12am to 7am

Please note, hours may vary from supplier to supplier

Variable rate: these meters charge at two or three rates, providing cheaper electricity during certain times of the day either on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff or an Evening/Weekend/Night basis.

Maximum Demand: For users with high business electricity usage, available as a single or dual rate.

Maximum demand meter profiles are: 05 ,06, 07 and 08 Maximum demand meter types explained
  • 1 rate business meter - as the name suggests, one fixed or variable unit rate throughout day and night.
  • 2 rate business meter - two rate meter meaning, one rate for day time usage and another for night time energy usage. During off peak, this type of business meter offers cheaper unit rates.
  • Seasonal Time of Day: Measures different rates depending on time of day and season of the year and is useful for businesses with fluctuating energy needs.
  • Related Off-Peak Meter: A second but related meter monitors off-peak usage at a lower cost. Both meters will have a different MPAN but be billed together and you'll be expected to switch both meters together or your energy supplier can block the switch.
  • Multi Metered MPAN: If your business operates over multiple sites, you may have multiple linked meters monitored by one central meter with a single MPAN .

How to get an accurate business electricity quote

Want an accurate quote for your business electricity? Then look no further than Free Price Compare. Our transparent, honest and impartial advice has helped thousands of businesses make the switch to cheaper business electricity. Just follow our easy 4 step switching process to get the best and most accurate quotes for your business, fast.

Business energy tariff types

  • Fixed rate business energy – business unit rate and standing charges are fixed for the term agreed your business energy bills can vary depending on your consumption but the cost per unit and the daily standing charge will not change for the duration of the contract which can be from 1 to 5 years.
  • Variable rate business energy – your business energy unit rates and standing charges can go up or down as they are directly linked with wholesale market prices. Though you are in a agreed contract your prices are not fixed. If market price goes down your bills will go down and if goes up then you’ll notice your business energy bills gone up.
  • Deemed rate business contract – usually known as out of contract business energy tariff and one of the most expensive business energy tariffs. The supplier can change prices when they want and can roll you on to another contract if they deem fit. If you are on a deemed rate contract, you should compare business energy prices with us to see you can save hundreds of pounds for your business.
  • 28 day business contract – this simply means it’s a 28 day contact, usually for those businesses who failed to switch their energy contract since the deregulation of the energy market. The unit rate can increase and decrease with 28 days’ notice. If you looking to save money for your business, you can compare business gas and electricity rates by contacting us on 0203 915 9094, alternatively you can fill in the form here .
  • Rollover business energy tariff – your business energy supplier will send out a reminder of your current contract with renewal terms and prices, if you fail to agree another contract with them or another energy supplier then they will roll you over to another contract automatically for another year. Rollover business energy tariffs are one of the most expensive tariffs so you really want to compare business energy prices when your contract is coming to end.

Historic prices of fuels (gas and electricity) purchased by non-domestic consumers in the United Kingdom (excluding the Climate Change Levy)

FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 15.84 15.49 16.09
Small 14.25 13.76 13.95
Small/Medium 12.85 12.31 12.44
Medium 12.09 11.24 11.51
Large 11.41 10.62 11.25
Very Large 11.18 10.13 10.01
Extra Large 10.77 10.00 9.68
Average 12.37 11.62 11.66
Gas
Very Small3.9524.5215.895
Small2.4372.5412.859
Medium2.3552.2022.197
Large1.8491.7201.659
Very Large1.8811.4481.357
Average2.4502.3022.250
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 14.64 14.97 15.26 16.18
Small 12.94 12.84 13.32 13.93
Small/Medium 11.38 11.49 11.75 12.81
Medium 10.72 10.89 11.03 11.91
Large 10.16 10.33 10.39 11.00
Very Large 9.85 10.00 10.09 10.26
Extra Large 9.18 9.43 9.83 9.87
Average 11.06 11.12 11.35 11.94
Gas
Very Small3.4304.0534.8834.088
Small2.0992.6973.2772.601
Medium2.0902.3252.3302.395
Large1.7701.7361.8221.924
Very Large1.6751.7211.9991.962
Average2.1882.3622.4422.458
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 13.34 13.67 14.06 14.03
Small 12.00 11.91 12.07 12.35
Small/Medium 10.63 10.43 10.52 11.01
Medium 10.06 9.90 9.96 10.39
Large 9.98 9.96 9.84 10.49
Very Large 9.84 9.96 9.77 10.17
Extra Large 9.07 8.72 8.73 9.29
Average 10.55 10.38 10.38 10.89
Gas
Very Small3.5294.0374.8923.665
Small2.0792.3182.2861.900
Medium2.0502.0241.9781.836
Large1.5831.5221.5431.522
Very Large1.5361.3631.4301.550
Average2.1332.1282.0361.979
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 12.56 12.39 12.22 12.31
Small 11.71 11.21 11.59 11.78
Small/Medium 10.41 10.07 10.27 10.66
Medium 9.63 9.27 9.44 9.92
Large 9.48 9.27 9.23 9.79
Very Large 9.27 9.07 9.06 9.71
Extra Large 8.88 9.04 8.96 9.41
Average 10.17 9.92 9.99 10.43
Gas
Very Small3.7734.0465.0213.606
Small2.4412.3612.6922.040
Medium2.2541.9812.1011.974
Large1.7711.5141.5841.607
Very Large1.4971.2081.2701.502
Average2.4182.2322.2362.130
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 13.53 13.06 12.85 12.60
Small 11.92 11.68 11.81 11.73
Small/Medium 10.59 10.42 10.56 10.47
Medium 9.81 9.72 9.75 9.70
Large 9.56 9.66 9.41 9.66
Very Large 9.39 9.37 9.28 9.27
Extra Large 9.03 8.98 9.03 9.19
Average 10.35 10.18 10.16 10.24
Gas
Very Small3.8374.3784.8324.184
Small2.8612.6303.0682.549
Medium2.5842.3392.4562.367
Large2.1651.9191.9521.894
Very Large1.8751.7371.6741.668
Average2.7622.5972.6522.522
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 13.20 13.42 13.72 13.60
Small 11.44 11.42 11.36 11.53
Small/Medium 10.28 10.19 10.08 10.34
Medium 9.46 9.30 9.12 9.52
Large 9.39 9.46 9.06 9.50
Very Large 9.02 9.19 8.70 9.39
Extra Large 9.03 8.74 8.56 9.18
Average 10.06 9.94 9.85 10.18
Gas
Very Small4.0674.4455.0634.411
Small3.1403.3833.5402.803
Medium2.9592.8592.5862.654
Large2.5602.1442.1112.247
Very Large2.2461.9161.8122.044
Average3.0612.8502.7392.820
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 12.03 12.09 13.07 13.81
Small 10.52 10.79 10.89 11.19
Small/Medium 9.48 9.65 9.63 9.96
Medium 8.62 8.82 8.82 9.34
Large 8.55 9.06 8.80 9.06
Very Large 8.65 8.84 8.50 8.77
Extra Large 8.19 8.26 8.51 8.68
Average 9.29 9.46 9.45 9.92
Gas
Very Small3.8674.1754.6734.153
Small2.9773.2233.5113.089
Medium2.8402.9062.9082.914
Large2.5772.5882.5392.550
Very Large2.2902.2242.2592.270
Average2.9383.0282.9802.954
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 12.20 11.96 12.30 12.52
Small 10.36 10.14 10.39 10.40
Small/Medium 9.05 8.95 9.08 9.24
Medium 8.11 8.18 8.27 8.46
Large 7.78 8.26 7.99 8.41
Very Large 6.80 7.91 7.84 8.20
Extra Large 7.62 7.92 7.86 8.29
Average 8.90 8.85 8.84 9.17
Gas
Very Small3.7524.0094.4253.953
Small2.8832.9882.9552.839
Medium2.5252.5792.4662.655
Large2.3612.3362.2222.461
Very Large2.0931.9782.0872.247
Average2.7572.7652.6402.794
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 11.01 11.41 11.78 13.04
Small 9.65 9.56 9.75 10.22
Small/Medium 8.09 8.23 8.39 8.92
Medium 7.46 7.40 7.46 7.99
Large 6.93 7.24 7.07 7.39
Very Large 7.03 7.01 6.64 7.14
Extra Large 6.96 6.58 6.98 7.26
Average 8.13 8.06 8.12 8.68
Gas
Very Small3.1203.3883.3133.555
Small2.2632.4092.5182.799
Medium1.9822.0942.0122.451
Large1.9332.0721.9392.317
Very Large1.9592.0911.9332.089
Average2.2042.2882.1442.552
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 11.97 12.02 12.14 11.94
Small 9.78 9.70 9.78 9.59
Small/Medium 8.24 8.17 8.15 8.07
Medium 7.30 7.11 7.16 7.27
Large 7.04 6.59 6.50 6.56
Very Large 6.83 6.34 6.43 6.57
Extra Large 7.11 6.24 6.64 6.40
Average 8.47 8.15 8.21 8.14
Gas
Very Small3.2053.3223.3262.857
Small2.3572.3142.3232.173
Medium1.9401.7421.7421.863
Large1.7751.5681.6421.827
Very Large1.4181.3611.5931.840
Average2.1511.9271.8982.057
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 11.87r 11.86 12.05 11.87r
Small 10.04r 10.05 10.11 9.84r
Small/Medium 9.14r 9.33 9.06 8.25r
Medium 8.24r 8.36 7.98 7.40r
Large 8.08r 8.23 7.73 7.26
Very Large 8.00r 8.18 7.72 7.23
Extra Large 7.07r 6.89 6.61 7.06
Average 9.06r 9.13 8.85 8.56r
Gas
Very Small3.7273.6303.4583.116
Small2.8922.7032.1842.079
Medium2.672 2.276r1.8691.803
Large2.501 1.909r1.7001.653
Very Large2.124 1.436r0.9981.224
Average2.795 2.405r1.8601.935
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 9.75 9.86 10.45 11.29
Small 8.26 8.28 8.81 9.77
Small/Medium 7.26 7.26 7.76 9.77
Medium 6.37 6.73 7.18 9.23
Large 6.28 6.61 7.01 8.84
Very Large 6.46 6.86 7.11 9.36
Extra Large 5.65 6.15r 6.30r 7.67
Average 7.12 7.43 7.81 9.45
Gas
Very Small2.9272.9453.1683.548
Small2.3472.3752.4802.954
Medium1.9622.1502.2222.651
Large1.8622.0592.1482.566
Very Large1.7432.0532.0852.286
Average2.1412.2532.3012.782
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small9.27 9.57 9.67 9.67
Small7.97 7.29 7.99 8.09
Small/Medium7.75 6.59 7.20 7.15
Medium7.00 6.23 6.26 6.32
Large6.61 5.74 5.92 6.01
Very Large6.69 5.62 5.63 5.81
Extra Large6.32 4.76 4.19 5.35
Average7.39 6.49 6.63 6.87
Gas
Very Small 2.816r2.6212.5802.651
Small 2.621r2.2601.9192.234
Medium 2.151r1.8111.5431.800
Large1.8941.3761.2911.588
Very Large1.3740.9681.0481.512
Average 2.164r1.7181.5161.908
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small7.307.888.539.10
Small6.546.667.047.76
Small/Medium6.666.486.607.73
Medium5.985.915.856.97
Large5.885.655.686.56
Very Large5.005.015.035.49
Extra Large    
Average6.096.106.247.03
Gas
Very Small2.2662.1732.4422.623
Small2.3032.1262.2442.364
Medium2.2821.9412.0371.982
Large2.3171.7431.6661.847
Very Large2.0161.4121.2811.447
Average2.2551.8581.8202.012
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small6.296.566.796.98
Small5.575.575.746.32
Small/Medium4.914.915.096.06
Medium4.274.254.365.53
Large4.104.064.085.04
Very Large3.633.683.884.58
Extra Large    
Average4.574.604.745.52
Gas
Very Small1.7091.7611.7771.989
Small1.6121.7611.7091.993
Medium1.4951.6561.5051.897
Large1.3701.3501.2601.769
Very Large1.2421.2431.1431.945
Average1.4881.5611.4431.910
FuelSize of consumer1st quarter2st quarter3st quarter4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small5.845.916.076.14
Small5.094.914.434.35
Small/Medium3.753.823.594.51
Medium3.303.303.393.97
Large3.143.043.393.93
Very Large2.762.652.933.63
Extra Large    
Average3.723.593.664.46
Gas
Very Small1.4881.3631.5981.370
Small1.2951.2211.4451.303
Medium1.0781.1851.1441.250
Large0.9820.9870.8621.140
Very Large0.8441.0250.9530.992
Average1.1621.1511.1501.224

Average non-domestic gas prices excluding CCL

Average non-domestic electricity prices excluding CCL

Business Energy Suppliers Information

British Gas for Business (also known as BGB) supplies business electricity and gas to over 350,000 UK businesses which is more than any other UK business energy supplier. British Gas for Business is a separate part of business and is not reliant on the household domestic brand British Gas.

They offer bespoke energy services for bigger commercial and larger industrial business customers. Just like British Gas domestic customers, their business customers can claim smart meters by 2020.

Other benefits:

  • Fixed priced business energy tariffs
  • Free Advice on energy efficiency
  • Free dedicated account manager for businesses
  • As a customer of BGB you can get discounts on other BGB services

EDF energy is one of the "big 6" energy supplier to the British businesses. They offer business energy rates and plans to suit all business sizes from small business or larger industrial businesses. Another strong feature of EDF energy is the ability to offer short term business contracts to help start-up businesses and a business which is relocating.

You can ask EDF energy to install a smart meter for your business where applicable.

Other benefits:

  • 24/7 live online chat
  • Account management via online portal or mobile app
  • Submit business meter readings online
  • 7% discount, if you pay business bills monthly by direct debit
  • Renew or change business contracts online

Eon is a well known household domestic brand who also offers gas and electricity to businesses within the UK. They are one of the biggest gas and electric companies in the world.

They offer a smart meter for their business customers - if you want a smart meter for your business, simply call them or request smart meter installation online using Eon’s website.

Other benefits:

  • They pride themselves on their award winning business customer service
  • Advice available on energy efficiency for your business
  • You have an option to manage your business energy account online with Eon
  • Electricity customer can call 105 to report any issues 24/7
  • Gas customers can call 0800 111 999 to report any gas emergency

SSE is the second biggest energy supplier in the UK and it is a combination of southern electric, SWALEC, Atlantic and Scottish hydro. They offer business energy tariffs to small, medium, large and public sector businesses.

With SSE, you can get green energy tariffs for your business and you can also check with SSE’s customer service to see your business can have smart meter.

Other benefits:

  • You can submit a meter reading online
  • Dedicated account management support
  • Email and telephone customer service
  • Flexible billing and contract options

Scottish Power is one of the "big 6" energy supplier in the UK and part of Iberdrola Group. Scottish Power providers electricity and gas to UK’s businesses, including large and SMEs.

You can submit a meter reading and manage your business consumptions online by using your dedicated portal.

Other benefits:

  • Dedicated support centre for businesses
  • Online customer service via chat function
  • Scottish Power mobile app on Google Play and App store
  • Business support via UK based call centre
  • Online account management and help line

Npower provides gas and electricity to businesses throughout the UK and are one of the "big 6" energy suppliers within the UK.

They offer fixed and variable business energy contracts, you can choose a fixed term contract length from 12 months to 5 years.

Other benefits:

  • Online management for your business
  • Paperless billing
  • Online payment management
  • Smart meters are available

Gazprom is the UK’s leading business gas supplier. They supply gas for fast food chain McDonalds throughout the UK

Other benefits:

  • Automated meter reading (also known as AMR)
  • Online login and management for existing customers
  • Payment portal – My Gazprom Energy

CNG is also known as Contract Natural Gas and they supply gas to over 50,000 UK businesses that includes local shops, SMEs and national chains.

Other benefits:

  • Live chat for business customers
  • Reasonable business gas rates
  • Excellent customer service

Opus Energy was founded in 2002 and they supply gas and electricity to over 150,000 customers. Around 1,200 new businesses apply for their services every week.

Other benefits:

  • UK based customer service
  • Free online account management
  • Tailored business services where applicable

Haven Power is part of Drax group and is one of the largest generators of renewable energy in the UK. The firm offers variable and fixed rate contracts.

Other benefits:

  • AMR service (automated meter reading)
  • Free advice from business energy experts
  • Electricity generated from 100% renewable sources

Independent British energy supplier for UK businesses. Dual Energy is one of the first business energy suppliers to offer smart meters to get accurate energy bills, they first offered smart meters in 2009.

Other benefits:

  • Free smart meter
  • Annual budget planning
  • Dedicated call centre based in the UK

Dong Energy has been in the UK market since 1989 and formally known as Shell Gas Direct. Dong energy recently changed their name and now known as Ørsted.

Other benefits:

  • Provides personal account management
  • Excellent award winning customer service
  • Automated meter reading (AMR)

Corona Energy was founded in 1995 and has over 13,000 business customers in the UK, they were acquired in 20006 by Macquarie (an investment bank based in Sydney). Corona Energy supply about 14% commercial gas and industrial market in the UK.

Other benefits:

  • Timely and accurate billing facility
  • Dedicated account management
  • Flexible and fixed business contracts

Business energy comparison in kWh (Business gas usage and Business electricity usage)

Energy usage can vary per business, to give you a rough guidance of how much your business should be using energy, we have explained below by businesses size.

Business electricity prices compared against usage and Business size
Business size Low end usage (kWh)High end usage (kWh)Daily standing charge Unite price (per kWh)Average annual price
Micro business50001500023p - 29p14.4p - 15.9p£900 - £2,244
Small business150002500023p - 28p14.3p - 15.1p£2,367 - £3,660
Medium business250005000023p - 27p14.3p - 14.7p£3,774 - £7,234
Business gas prices compared against usage and Business size
Business size Low end usage (kWh)High end usage (kWh)Daily standing charge Unite price (per kWh)Average annual price
Micro business50001500019p - 25p5p - 5.1p£400 - £820
Small business150003000019p - 25p4.5p - 5p£820 - £1458
Medium business300005000024p - 25p4.3p - 4.5p£1458 - £2239

How does commercial energy differ from domestic energy?

  • Business energy unit rates are usually cheaper
  • Commercial energy contracts are usually longer
  • No cooling off period for business energy contracts
  • All business contracts are for a single fuel (gas or electric), you can have two contracts with the same supplier but they are not bundled together in a dual fuel tariff like they do with domestic energy

Business Energy Frequently asked questions

As a business, lowering cost is a common sense business practice. Businesses on average use a lot more energy than a UK household and it can equate to over 10% of overall costs.

At Free Price Compare our aim is to get the best value tariff for our customers, and we search hundreds of tariffs across the market to get the right one for your business.

Savings will vary, but what we can say with confidence that we will find a competitive quote which will usually be significantly cheaper than the current renewal offer made by the incumbent supplier

The process is very straightforward and our expertly trained advisers are on hand to make sure the steps undertaken are seamless. The advisers will ask questions relating to the supply of the business property all of which is found on a bill. A comparison is then generated, and if accepted the advisers will walk you through the application process.

Call our advisers on 0203 919 094 to get a quote now

The advisers can offer contracts ranging from 1 year to 5 years. Generally the longer the contract the more expensive it gets. The advantage of a longer contract is that it gives the businesses security against any price increases

There are some tariffs where a free smart meter will be installed which will allow businesses to monitor consumption and the related usage

Green tariffs are gaining increasing traction due to the renewed focus in tackling climate change. Green tariffs will often be generated from 100% renewable energy, though it has to be said all tariffs have an element of renewable energy

Charities and not for profit organisations pay 5% VAT and no Climate Change Levy (CCL), which for like for like against commercial organisations brings the cost down.

Introduced in 2001 by the then Government, it is a ‘Green' tax on businesses using energy.

The short answer is yes, as long as the business is run from home and the separation is documented on a VAT Declaration form (between what is domestic and what is commercial usage). We would advise you to contact HMRC for further guidelines.

Feed In tariffs are designed for establishments both commercial and residential that generate their own electricity, where they're able to sell any excess energy to the grid, in return for money.

FITs are separate agreement, and in most cases has no impact on tariffs offered by us. For more information on FITs visit the Energy Savings Trust website.

The answer is no. These are all billing companies, meaning they're function is to look after the billing side. As a billing company they're not involved in the generation and distribution of gas and electricity.

Green energy comes from 100% renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro. Brown Energy has an element that's Green, on average just under 33% (is Green) but it also contains energy produced from fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas.

Getting a most recent bill will have the information we need to give you an accurate quote. From the bill the following information should be noted;

Current Supplier

Tariff name and end date of tariff

MPAN/MPR

How much energy is being used in KWH or expenditure in pounds

If you lack some of the information, our expert adviser can still generate a quote, and don't hesitate to call them on 0203 9159 094

That's the great advantage of a business contract as we're able to book energy agreements 6-12m before existing contract end date.

If you ‘re just moved into a new property, check if you're receiving electricity and if there is gas, then check the gas supply. If everything is working, ask the estate agent or outgoing tenant who the supplier is. Due to it being a new ‘business mover', the supply will be on “Deemed” or “Out of Contract” rates which are very expensive. Give one of our agents a call and they'll get the best value deal for your business type on 0203 9159 094

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British Gas

British Gas was founded in 1812 as originally the Gas Light and Coke Company. It was recognised as the first Public Utility Company of its kind. Today British Gas is owned by its parent company Centrica and it supplies energy to more than 11 million homes and businesses.

CNG

Contract Natural Gas (CNG) was formed in 1994 just after the deregulation of the energy markets. The specialist gas supplier is a real alternative to the ‘Big Six’, where focus is on delivering good customer service.

Corona Energy

Corona Energy was formed in 1995 initially focused on providing gas to UK businesses. Today they deliver to 11% of the Industrial & Commercial Gas market across 8000 businesses. Recently, the company took the decision to become a dual fuel supplier and now provides quotes for electricity supply too.

Dual Energy

Dual Energy was established in 2009 and is a UK owned independent electricity provider servicing all UK businesses. Dual Energy is at the forefront of Smart Meter billing as it installs smart meters on all business premises it supplies.

Dong Energy

Dong Energy has been in the UK market since 2004. In 2012 it entered the retail gas market with purchase of Shell gas direct for £30 million. Dong Energy can also supply electricity but only when the AQ is above 5 gigawatts per meter.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is owned by its French parent company Électricité de France abbreviated to EDF. The company was formed in the UK in 2002 by acquiring and merging with SEEBOARD Plc, London Electricity and SWEB Energy Plc.

E.ON

E.ON UK formerly known as Powergen is a subsidiary of German giant E.ON. The parent company acquired full ownership in January 2002. E.ON has over 5 million customers and so forms part of the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers.

Gazprom Energy

Gazprom Energy is wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian energy giant Gazprom Group. Its history in the UK markets goes back to 2006 when it started supplying gas to UK businesses followed by electricity in 2009.

Haven Power

Haven Power started trading in 2006 and provides UK businesses with electricity only. In 2009 Haven Power was acquired by Drax Power ltd, which has given in financial stability with a £100 million plus turn over. Haven Powers key strength has been its focus on delivering exceptional customer service.

Npower

Npower’s history goes back to 1990 following the privatisation of the energy markets by the late Thatcher Government. In 2000 the company split into two and the UK operation was renamed Innogy. In 2002 the company was acquired by RWE and is now known as RWE npower plc.

Opus Energy

Opus Energy started trading in 2002 to supply UK businesses with gas and electricity. With the backing of GDF Suez it now supplies 200,000 businesses throughout the UK.

Ovo Energy

Founded in 2009 by Stephen Fitzpatrick as a domestic retailer of energy, Ovo Energy prides itself as an alternative to the Big Six.

Scottish Power

Another constituent of the Big Six, Scottish Power Plc was formed in 1990 following the privatisation of the energy markets. In 2006 it was acquired by Iberdrola the Spanish Energy Giant. Today Scottish Power supplies 5.6 million households and businesses throughout the UK.

SSE

SSE Plc was formerly Scottish and Southern Energy Plc. The company was created in 1998 following the merger of Scottish Hydro-Electric and Southern Electric. It’s the second biggest retailer in the UK with 9.2 million customers and is a part of the ‘Big Six’.

Crown Gas

Crown Gas and Power is a subsidiary of Crown Oil Ltd. It is a specialist gas supplier which has been trading since the deregulation.

Axis

Founded in 2001 Axis provided telephony services and lines to businesses. It is now the only company that provides UK businesses with telephone, broadband, mobile, gas and electricity services– essentially a one-stop shop for all telecommunications and utility requirements.

Extra Energy

Extra Energy is a recent entrant to the UK market and is part of the German owned Extra Energie group.

Hudson Energy

Hudson Energy is part of the US Company Just Energy Group. In the UK they provide electricity to large consumers of power such as those designated as “Half Hourly�?.

Regent Gas

Regent Gas was formed in 1995 as a gas supplier to UK businesses. It now supplies “1,000’s�? of businesses throughout the UK

GDF Suez UK

GDF Suez UK has been operating in the UK since 1999. Its prime focus has been Industrial and Corporate customers where they have a 4.7% of the market share.

SmartestEnergy

SmartestEnergy is owned by Marubeni Corporation and it provides SMEs and large corporates with business electricity. SmartestEnergy delivers energy to 730 customers including names such as John Lewis Partnership and Toyota Motors

*Since inception (24/07/2017) we have Switched over 177,359 business contracts, total Saving over 77.3 million and average saving £1,038*. We have selected Love Energy Savings as our business energy partner. Once you submitted your business details they will get in touch with you to find you the best business energy contract.


*Love Energy Savings £1,000 Cashback Guarantee – Terms & Conditions Love Energy Savings aim to beat the forecast annual cost of any 1, 2 or 3-year fixed electricity or gas initial renewal offer, based on your annual consumption that you provide to us. Where Love Energy Savings decide not to offer a lower priced plan, Love Energy Savings will pay £1,000 per customer. The promotion is open to new and existing customers who are small or medium enterprises and excludes any other promotion offered by a competing supplier, e.g. cashback. Your energy tariff or fixed price contract must be in the renewal window. If Love Energy Savings can't beat the price you tell us and you'd like to claim the £1,000 promotion, we'll need to see the competing initial renewal offer either in writing or by email issued by your existing supplier. The contract start date must be within 120 days of the date on the renewal letter or email.


Love Energy Savings will review our offer and the competing offer from your existing supplier using information you provide to us such as your annual consumption as well as any additional costs or charges you'll pay in the competing offer over the contract period, e.g. distribution/transportation, VAT, Climate Change Levy (CCL) or CCL equivalent charge and government environmental charges or costs. If the competing offer is for a 2 or 3-year term, Love Energy Savings will use the same annual consumption for each year.


The promotion is available to small and medium enterprises with less than 10 non-half hourly electricity or non-daily metered gas sites who use less than 1,000,000kWh of electricity or 1,500,000kWh of gas per year. Alternative offers through third-party intermediaries are not eligible for this promotion. Any offer of a contract is subject to a credit check. If Love Energy Savings can't beat the renewal offer, then Love Energy Savings send a £1,000 cheque made out to the business name within 28 days, following receipt of the written/email offer and of our declining to beat the offer from your existing supplier. Click here to views Love energy savings Privacy policy and Terms & Conditions.

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