Make It Cheaper is ‘Most Trusted’ by SMEs buying energy

London-based business cost-savers also win 'SME Consumer Champion' at inaugural energy awards ceremony.

Make It Cheaper's Jonathan Elliott (second from right) with (from left) TELCA's Sumit Bose, Geoff Curran and Emma Howard

Make It Cheaper has been named as Britain's 'Most Trusted' source of advice for small businesses by The Energy Live Consultancy Awards (TELCA). Make It Cheaper also won the title of 'SME Consumer Champion' at last Thursday's (27th June) inaugural awards ceremony, held at the London Film Museum in London's County Hall.

The TELCA awards, which set the benchmark for the energy consultancy sector, are split into two categories to reflect how the market is structured: Industrial & Commercial (I&C) and Small Business (SME). Representing 50,000 SMEs in the UK, Make It Cheaper was recognised as the leader in its field for the work it has carried out over the past six years to reduce costs for its customers. For example, over £300 million has been saved by businesses using its free energy price comparison service. Once customers of Make It Cheaper, these businesses are then assisted with their annual energy supplier renewals to avoid being trapped by expensive 'rollover' contracts.

Entrants were shortlisted following a rigorous judging process of two rounds. The final winners were picked by an independent judging panel chaired by ex-Head of Energy Management at Marks & Spencer, Mervyn Bowden and including Angela Knight, CEO of trade body Energy UK and Louise Kingham, CEO of the Energy Institute.

According to Mervyn Bowden:

"All the awards were very hotly contested so to win two separate awards with this level of high quality competition reflects great credit on the organisations concerned."

On being presented with the two awards, Jonathan Elliott, managing director of Make It Cheaper, said:

"As a business that always fights for a fair deal and acts with total impartiality to put customers first, it's fabulous to be recognised like this. Being trusted as the go-to brand for small businesses across a number of their needs, including help in buying their energy, is the primary reason for Make It Cheaper to exist."

Robert Sands, Head of Third Party Sales at npower and headline sponsor of TELCA, added:

"It is easy to see why many SMEs seek to save time and resources in researching the best energy tariffs and products for their business by using the services of a broker. SMEs need to be sure they are getting the best advice. The Energy Live Consultancy Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and reward best practice in the market. This is crucial for delivering the high standards of service busy SMEs should receive, so they can crack on and focus on running their business."

The Make It Cheaper team celebrate winning two awards at TELCA 2013

Make It Cheaper celebrates winning two awards at TELCA 2013. From left, Ricky Chaplin, Nikki Wilson-Everett, Jennifer Millet, Joe Wood and Jonathan Elliott.

About Make It Cheaper

Based in Central London with 126 staff, award-winning Make It Cheaper has been the No.1 destination for businesses to get a better deal on their utilities since its launch in 2007. Following its acquisition of UK Power in 2012, Make It Cheaper also now provides competitive energy prices and expert advice for household energy consumers. Acting on behalf of all its customers with total impartiality, transparency and free-of-charge, Make It Cheaper offers deals from the widest range of energy companies including all of the 'Big 6' and over 20 of the smaller domestic and non-domestic suppliers. For businesses it also offers year-on-year savings across other overheads including: telecoms, insurance and merchant services (Chip & PIN). By switching suppliers or helping to renegotiate deals with existing ones, Make It Cheaper will typically save over 30% of costs (as well as a considerable amount of time) that its customers can then spend elsewhere. Make It Cheaper has been in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for the past two years and its 2012 Net Promoter Score was 74%.

Further information: Nick Heath 0207 654 0730 / 07720 297972 nick.heath@makeitcheaper.com

Make It Cheaper Customer Testimonials

Shelagh Boyd at Monkton Galleries in Salisbury:

"The most important quality is that of trust - I trust Make it Cheaper to present me with alternatives that are explained in an easily understandable way, and to ensure that I am not late in arranging renewals. The market is simplified and I feel 'minded' and free of stress."

Steve Baker at Ventia Ltd in Braunton:

"We work with Make It Cheaper on regular occasions throughout the year and the service is always fast, informative, simple and trustworthy which makes my job a whole lot easier."

John Mordaunt at Framfield Church Council:

"100% trustworthy"

Heidi Gibbens at White Horse Contractors Ltd in Abingdon:

"We get lots of calls from companies and comparison services looking to gain our business. Most of them are dismissed due to their lack of professionalism and ability to gain trust over the phone. However I believe Make It Cheaper are working on our behalf to get the best deal and swap suppliers in the most efficient way. Staff are friendly, not too pushy and explain the options well."

Finola Davis at Collingwood O'Hare Productions in London:

"I always use this service now as it saves me time, I trust the information/quotes I receive and it simplifies the whole process for me."

Parkhibeh Javadzadeh of Issano Restaurant in Manchester:

"We use you every year as we trust the company and you are always very clear and upfront. the staff are professional yet somehow informal in a friendly manner. It's always the easiest way to get the contracts transferred. The best part is that with one click we were opted out of running contracts. It minimises your risks of being forced into new contracts."

Ian Martin at The Clan Armstrong Trust in Canonbie:

"You are the one business that I feel talks from the heart with the truth. Many, many other companies don't give the detail that you do."

Paula Vine at Ultimate Contracting in Ascot:

"No nonsense service recognising that as a small company having to deal with utility services is precious time away from my own business matters, you instantly put me at ease by your professional yet friendly service. You guided me through the process thoroughly and took the stress out of ensuring that I had interpreted my new provider's contract details correctly. All in all very good service which I will definitely be looking to use again!"

Stephen Whiting at Halfway House in Edinburgh:

"Very personable and helpful 'consultant' I discussed my situation and needs with for my small business. He was most helpful, explaining who you were, how he could help and what my best options were. What impressed me most was when I said I was going to check back with my original supplier (armed with the new cheaper quote you had given me..), he didn't try to badger me or dissuade me. Happy to say the original company couldn't compete and I was able to give you the business of swapping supplier..! I genuinely had an excellent experience with your company and would most certainly recommend you to friends and colleagues. The consultant couldn't have been more friendly or helpful… first rate service..!"

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