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    Why should I compare small business energy suppliers?

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    Money matters – especially when you’re running a small business. By making a comparison with Utility Bidder, you’ll be able to quickly find out whether there’s a cheaper deal out there. With a few simple pieces of information, we’ll compare small business energy suppliers to provide you with gas and electricity quotes bespoke to the requirements of your SME. Did you know you could save up to 45% by switching? And there’s no hassle involved – our award-winning energy consultants will handle your switch so it’s smooth and seamless.

    Find out if you could save – compare small business energy rates today.

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    Immediate pricing access to all major UK gas suppliers. We can save you upto 45% on your business gas prices.

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    We manage 20,000 electric meters for our commercial customers – So you’re in safe hands.

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    We’ll find the best prices and provide you with a hassle free service for both your business gas and electricity….

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    With our help. You’ll get a better quality service, lower water bills and better value for money.

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    What impacts your small business energy rates?

    Considering a change? Before you start, you’ll need to make sure your switching window has opened before shopping around – usually six months before your current contract ends. Once you’re in the switching window, it’s important to know the factors that can influence your quotes. These include:

    • your organisation’s size, sector and location: for example, a microbusiness is likely to consume less than a medium-sized enterprise. Prices can also differ depending on your industry and where you’re based.
    • your contract type: fixed contracts provide security, while variable deals allow you to save when wholesale prices fall.
    • your meter type: if you operate multiple sites, you may find having a allows you to negotiate a better deal.
    • your average energy consumption: naturally, you’ll pay more, the more you use.
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    Secure a better deal on small business energy and utilities

    We understand that, as the owner of a small or medium-sized enterprise, you’ve got many challenges to deal with. However, when it comes to ensuring you’re spending the right amount on your electricity, water and gas, Utility Bidder can help.

    Our experienced energy consultants are experts in working with SMEs to analyse where savings can be made and help them find a deal that meets their requirements – whether that’s through switching or renegotiating a new contract with an existing supplier. And our service is award-winning too (TELCA 2022, Consultancy of the Year – SME). We’re the energy broker for small businesses!

    So, make your comparison today to get bespoke small business energy quotes or find better business water rates .

    How much are the latest small business energy rates?

    It’s difficult to provide a ‘catch-all’ 100% accurate answer. Business energy works slightly differently from domestic energy. There are no ‘off the shelf’ tariffs. Instead, the prices offered by small business energy suppliers are bespoke – depending heavily on business size, industry, annual consumption and wholesale market conditions at the time.

    However, we’ve put together the table below, based on the average costs businesses of a similar size pay for their gas and electricity supplies. We’ve included unit prices (per kilowatt hour (kWh)), standing charges and estimated annual costs to help you get a better idea.

    Average electricity kWh Prices by business size

    Business size Annual usage Unit price (per kWh) Daily standing charge (pence) Annual cost
    Micro business 5,000 to 15,000 kWH 26.6p 64.6p £2,833 (based on annual usage of 10,000 kWh)
    Small business 15,000 to 25,000 kWh 25.6p 83.0p £5,302 (based on annual usage of 20,000 kWh)
    Medium business 25,000 to 55,000 kWh 26.1p 65.5p £10,637 (based on annual usage of 40,000 kWh)
    Large business More than 55,000 kWh 26.4p 68.5p £14,548 (based on annual usage of 55,000 kWh)

    Disclaimer: Due to volatility within the energy market, prices can change on an hourly basis meaning that the prices you’re quoted are different from the averages shown. Prices may also vary according to your meter type and business location. Updated April 2024.

    Average gas kWh Prices by business size

    Business size Annual usage Unit price (per kWh) Daily standing charge (pence) Annual cost
    Micro business 5,000 to 15,000 kWH 8.9p 33.9p £920 (based on annual usage of 10,000kWh)
    Small business 15,000 to 30,000 kWh 8.5p 36.6p £18,131 (based on annual usage of 22,500kWh)
    Medium business 30,000 to 65,000 kWh 8.3p 79.2p £38,328 (based on annual usage of 47,500kWh)
    Large business More than 65,000 kWh 8.4p 55.7p £52,200 (based on annual usage of 65,000kWh)

    Disclaimer: Due to volatility within the energy market, prices can change on an hourly basis meaning that the prices you’re quoted are different from the averages shown. Prices may also vary according to your meter type and business location. Updated April 2024.

    What’s the difference between an SME and a microbusiness?

    In the UK, the government differentiates microbusinesses, small businesses and medium-sized businesses based on the number of employees they have and their annual turnover.

    Why does this matter when it comes to utilities? Well, microbusiness energy contracts have a different set of rules and protections compared to those for companies bigger in size. For example, a microbusiness can terminate its energy contract at any time – so, it’s far for them easier to switch.

    • microbusinesses must have less than 10 employees and an annual turnover of less than €2 million
    • small businesses must have less than 50 employees and an annual turnover of less than €10 million
    • medium-sized businesses must have less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million

    To be able to access microbusiness energy contracts, you must also use no more than 100,000 kWh of electricity per year or no more than 293,000 kWh of gas per year.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Fortunately, in the UK, there has never been a better time to switch small business energy suppliers and take control of your own destiny. No longer should companies feel trapped by energy suppliers, or feel that the whole industry is a cartel that’s in it together, just waiting to rip people off. This point was emphasised recently when the government introduced its ‘Power to Switch’ campaign, which was designed to promote the possibility of switching energy suppliers among UK businesses. This helped to encourage them to take a good look at the various alternative energy providers on the market, in order to reduce the financial burden of paying for energy.

    All businesses have operating costs and – whether it’s for stock or materials, premises renting, or anything else your business needs to keep running – it all adds up. One of the biggest costs for UK businesses can be energy suppliers. Whether you are paying via a monthly tariff or are on a yearly contract, paying over the odds for your commercial energy can be a significant drain on your company’s resources.

    There are many third-party intermediaries in the market at the moment, helping customers gain the most competitive energy contracts. But this means that it can be hard to navigate through all the broker or business energy consultants alternatives. However, at Utility Bidder, we believe that our customers know best and their opinion of what we do is the most important. Trustpilot is an independent review platform where customers can share their experience and our current, incredible score of 9.8, puts us at the top percentile of satisfied customers within our market.

    Check out our to see exactly what our customers have to say.

    Business utility prices are continuously changing, generally with an upwards curve. Working with a utilities broker that has access to the best, live prices, will help you save money for your business. Finding the most competitive utilities deal can result in some companies signing contracts with small business energy suppliers that can cause them issues in the future. Subsequently, the cheap offer is no longer cheap! Accessing a broker’s knowledge of the sector will help ensure that your business utilities are tied in safely.

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    Green SME business energy suppliers

    With rising carbon emissions and the increasing problems caused by global warming, switching your SME business energy to green energy can make a huge impact. The fuels used in green energy come from sources that won’t expire, unlike fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are short in supply, which could lead to higher prices as they become harder to obtain – which, in turn, can also lead to you paying higher small business electricity prices.

    Our experts can advise you on the best green small business energy suppliers and deals. We understand that SME business energy needs are different to other organisations, which is why we look for deals and suppliers that are catered to your specific business requirements.

    SME electricity case studies

    We’re dedicated to helping businesses like yours save more on energy. That’s why we’ve put together a selection of case studies showcasing exactly what we have achieved for companies similar to yours – so you can see our expertise in action.

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