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20 Sep

Understanding What Business Energy Suppliers Offer

by Simon Thompson
 
Perhaps the biggest issue for you and your business when it comes to comparing business energy suppliers is to appreciate the sheer range of offers available. While there’s no doubt that you will be able to save substantial amounts of money on your overheads, the offerings from various suppliers can be confusing. Added to this, an energy quote will be a bespoke offering that is tailored to meet your needs which makes comparing a like-for-like quote from another supplier more difficult – certainly more so than sourcing an energy quote for our homes, for instance. There are a variety of factors that need to be considered including the location of your business, your daily energy needs and whether you can switch activities to off-peak periods. Offerings from business electricity suppliers If we look at the offerings from business electricity suppliers, then finding the right plan can be a confusing and time-consuming process. All firms should endeavour to get several electricity quotes including those from online comparison websites. It also needs to be appreciated that you will be unable to switch suppliers while your current contract is running. However, you may have been switched to a ‘deemed’ contract where the charges are more expensive as a consequence. Market for business gas suppliers Indeed, the market for business gas suppliers is a competitive one and the prices change frequently as well; that’s because the gas market is volatile and commercial prices react in real time. The other issue for gas suppliers are government levies, regulator fees, currency fluctuations as well as the supply and demand for gas. Despite this, most firms will opt for fixed-rate gas tariffs so they will know how much their gas bill is likely to be over the course of their contract. It helps too that these fixed tariffs for gas are available for between one and three years to help with cash flow planning. The bottom line for those looking for a new business electricity and gas supply is that it pays to shop around and to gain an understanding of how prices are put together and who to approach for the best deals. While there are big savings to be enjoyed, many firms will opt to use one of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers simply because they have heard of them and this is despite other suppliers coming into the market with better offerings, better levels of customer service and more extras such as offering energy advice to reduce usage.   For more help and advice about what business energy suppliers offer and to find a cheaper gas and electricity deal, speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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18 Sep

All You Need to Know about Commercial Electricity Rates

by Simon Thompson
 
All businesses should be looking to reduce their energy costs and commercial electricity rates vary so much between suppliers that making real savings is achievable. Indeed, nearly every company and organisation needs electricity for their everyday needs but it is possible to source a new cheaper electricity supplier easily. However, it’s important to appreciate that your electric bill consists of two charges; there’s the cost per unit (kWh) and there’s a standing charge. Both of these items need to be appreciated because a potential new supplier may have a low cost per unit but have a higher standing charge so you effectively don’t make any savings. Looking for a commercial electricity quote This is why, if you are looking for a commercial electricity quote, you will need to run a comparison of the potential business energy costs between suppliers. The one downside to running a comparison is that you are likely to opt for a deal with a cheap unit rate and standing charge – but that’s not always the way to assess potential business energy costs. You may find that the extras that a potential supplier may offer will be a more attractive package but may not necessarily be the cheapest one. For instance, it may be easier to manage your account online and they may offer a personal account manager who may help with energy advice for your everyday business activities. Comparing electric prices When it comes to comparing electric prices, a new supplier will deliver a business energy quote that has two prices: one is for the unit rate and the other is the standing charge. It should also be appreciated that suppliers will offer a bespoke quote so it’s difficult to compare them on a like-for-like basis plus no two businesses are going to the same. That’s why it is important to find out what the market average is and while energy prices fluctuate, the online comparison websites do give a fair indication of what suppliers are charging. This is also the point to highlight that by switching energy suppliers you will probably save a substantial amount of money and even a micro business will enjoy big savings, potentially hundreds of pounds every year. Essentially, a lot depends on the size of business, how many employees it has and what their daily activities consist of but a potential supplier will take all of these needs into account.   If you would like to know more about how commercial electricity rates are calculated and how your business can benefit by switching energy suppliers, then speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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15 Sep

Compare Business Gas Prices and Then Switch Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
There is a smart way to compare business gas prices and then switch suppliers that manages to avoid the frustration. There’s no doubt that comparing the offerings between gas suppliers can be a time-consuming process but by contacting the friendly team at D-Energi, you will avoid this frustration. Indeed, research reveals that many small businesses believe that it’s too difficult to switch their gas supplier but it’s not really. There are steps you will need to take and the first one is to find the current market rate for your gas supply. Find a commercial gas quote Essentially, this means you will find a commercial gas quote that beats your current supplier’s offering. This can be done by visiting various energy comparison websites and they will do most of the hard work for you. Except they may not be searching the entire business gas supply market so you may well be missing out on tariffs that will be suitable for you. This is also the point when you will realise that sourcing like-for-like quotes is quite difficult since the new energy supplier will want to tailor their offering to meet your needs. Finding the cheapest gas tariff Also, finding the cheapest gas tariff can be a complicated process since suppliers have different terminology and offerings. This is where the expertise and experience of those who understand the business gas supply market will bear fruit. With a simple and short phone call, it is possible to hand over a few details and within minutes know what the best possible gas supply deal is for your business, this is regardless of your business size. Indeed, even small businesses, from one-man bands right up to large enterprises, can make substantial savings on their current gas supply deal. It helps too that there is help for completing the paperwork and ensuring that the handover to a new supplier is a seamless process – there will be no loss of energy supply to a firm during the switching process. By switching to a new business gas supplier it’s also possible to enjoy better customer services and perhaps have an energy audit completed to highlight where longer term savings can be enjoyed by using less gas.   For more help and advice about how to compare business gas prices and then to switch suppliers, speak with the helpful team at D-Energi.
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Shortlist for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Announced Two Mancuanian entrepreneurial brothers and Co-founders of D-ENERGi Shak & Zico Ahmed have been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the category of family business Entrepreneur of the Year award. D-ENERGi beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories. Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group. Co-founder Zico Ahmed “Stated we are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. We have just celebrated a significant milestone with our 15 years trading anniversary as an energy company and naturally delighted to make the Shortlist. We are hopeful we can go one step further and win this award. Winning the award would be such great recognition for the tremendous collective effort and hard work the team has put in over the last 15 years.” Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.” “We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.” Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.” “It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.” The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.  
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