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How does the service work?

  • We talk. You tell us about your business and the electricity or gas contract – or contracts – you are interested in switching.
  • We search. Our saving experts search live information and tell you about your contract options using words you’ll understand.
  • You save. When you’ve decided what you want to do, we’ll set up your new contract and leave you to get back to running your business. Easy.

Why should I switch with you?

  • We've switched more than 250,000 energy contracts for businesses since 2007 - so we know what we're doing.
  • Our UK-based customer service team takes care of switching, saving you tons of time and heaps of hassle.
  • We'll help you avoid expensive rates in the future by telling you when your contract is up for renewal.
  • We only work with suppliers who we trust to provide competitive deals that we can pass on to customers.
  • We’ll get a deal that’s right for you to ensure you’re not paying more than necessary for your energy.

If you find that you’re paying too much for your business’s energy, then there are some steps that you can take to reduce the price you pay per unit. To do this you will need to run a comparison of available deals and determine if cheaper business energy rates are available.

When running a business energy comparison, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

  • A recent energy bill available for reference
  • Your business’s registration information
  • Your MPAN and MPRN numbers, which can be found on your bill or meter
  • The end date of your current contract, and when your switching window is open.

TIP:The majority of this information can be found on a previous energy bill. If you’re having trouble locating the information on your bill, why not try our business energy bill small print pointer? Or, if you’re having trouble locating an old bill, try contacting your supplier.

Once you have all of this information, you can begin approaching suppliers for business energy quotes. To ensure that you’re getting an accurate representation of the energy market, and to find the cheapest energy companies available to you, we recommend getting quotes from all the suppliers available to you on the market.

For reference, here are the steps that you must take when running a business energy comparison:

Step 1 – Check you’re within your current contracts switching window

Step 2 – Contact suppliers for your business energy quote

Step 3 – Decide which quote best suits your business’s needs

Step 4 – Inform your new and current supplier of the switch.

As you might imagine, this can be a time consuming task, which is why many business owners choose to use the services of a business energy broker, such as Make It cheaper, instead.

For a busy business owner, running an energy comparison can be a time consuming task, especially when you consider the variance in quotes that can be offered. As a result, this can make it hard to run a clear and accurate comparison.

To save time and take the hassle out of switching, many business owners use the services of an energy broker, such as Make It Cheaper. Switching your business energy with us works in exactly the same way as switching it yourself – but we do all the legwork for you, leaving you free to get back to running your business.

If you’re interested in running your own business energy comparison, we have outlined the steps that you will need to take below.

Ensure your switching window is open

Businesses are unable to switch their energy until they are within their renewal window. This typically opens six months prior to the end date of your current contract, and your supplier must write to you with their terms of renewal at this point. However, you are not obliged to accept their renewal offer, and it’s worth bearing in mind that it will almost always be more expensive than the best deal on the market.

Once your window is open, you know it’s time to act and start looking for cheaper business energy prices. If you decide to switch through Make It Cheaper, we offer a service that notifies you as soon as your renewal window is open, so we can begin the switching process without delay.

Get your business energy quotes

To make sure your business energy comparison is comprehensive, it’s recommended that you get as many quotes from all eligible suppliers as possible. This means approaching each supplier individually to discuss the energy needs of your business. After this conversation, they will offer you a bespoke quote based on your business needs and energy consumption habits.

Switching through Make It Cheaper’s service means the only conversation you will need to have is with one of our savings experts, to assess your business’s energy needs. This saves you having the same conversation multiple times when contacting each supplier individually.

Which quote best suits your needs?

When you feel you have enough quotes to make a good comparison, you need to assess which offer best suits the needs of your business. Many business owners focus solely on price during this process, however we recommend that you take other factors such as customer service rating into account.

Switching with Make It Cheaper means our savings experts can advise you on the best deal to ensure that you pick the right energy contract for your business.

Inform suppliers of the switch

Once you have decided on a business energy contract, you need to inform both your current and new suppliers of your intention to switch. Typically, this should be done in writing as soon as possible to begin the switching process. Once all suppliers have acknowledged the switch, all that’s left to do is to wait for the new supply to take effect.

It’s worth noting that your newly organised supply will not begin until the terms of your current contract have ended.

Finding the best business energy prices is important for all businesses, but none more so than small and medium sized businesses, where margins tend to be tighter. But, research suggests that less than half of small business owners know how much they’re paying for their energy – and as many as three quarters are on unnecessarily expensive business energy rates.

To ensure you’re not paying over the odds for your energy, you should find a contract that’s right for your business. Below are some things to take into consideration when looking for a better energy deal for your business:

Small business energy contracts

With different businesses using varying levels of energy, contracts come in a variety of forms to help business owners find rates that suit their business requirements.

The most common type of contract chosen by small and micro-businesses are fixed term contracts. Fixed term contracts define a specific price per unit that you’ll be charged for the energy your business uses, as well as a daily standing charge that you will have to pay regardless of how much energy your business consumes. These prices will not change for the duration of your contract, which can last between one and four years.

An advantage of a fixed term contract is that you’ll avoid paying the expensive out of contract rates suppliers charge businesses that haven’t signed up to a deal. You’ll also know how much you need to pay for your energy throughout your contract – your bills may fluctuate, but that will depend solely on your usage.

However, it’s still important to be aware of your contract end dates, as you may automatically be transferred onto a different, more expensive rate, when your deal expires. To avoid this, you’ll need to arrange a new contract six months before your existing one is due to come to an end.

Small business energy costs

There are several costs incorporated in your energy bill. While the majority of a small business's energy costs are based on energy usage, there are also charges for government-imposed taxes and operational costs imposed by the supplier. A SME energy bill will typically include the following small business energy costs:

  • Energy costs: the cost of energy provided by your energy supplier from wholesale markets.
  • Network costs: the cost of energy provided by your energy supplier from wholesale markets.
  • Environmental costs: all energy suppliers are required to contribute to certain environmental programmes created by the government.
  • Climate Change Levy (CCL): this is a government-imposed tax designed to encourage a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and greater energy efficiency in small businesses. You will not be charged this levy if your daily electricity consumption is under 33kWh or your daily gas consumption is under 145kWh. You may also qualify for a CCL discount if you run a charity or non-profit organisation.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT): also a government-imposed tax, VAT is charged on goods and services. You will either be charged at the standard rate or the reduced rate, depending on your usage. Again, charities and non-profit organisations may qualify for a discount on this charge.
  • Operational costs : charged by your energy supplier for account management.

When entering into a new contract, make sure you fully understand the key aspects of your contract, the full Terms and Conditions and the Statement of Renewal Terms. It is also advisable to keep these documents for future reference, and to keep dated copies of all correspondence with your supplier.

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