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Switch Business Energy Supplier –
A Guide for Startups


Energy is an essential part of your business – electricity for lighting and machinery, gas for heating and cooking. Switching to a better deal with a new supplier is a quick and easy way for your start-up to save money. And don’t worry, even if you are operating from a domestic residence, you may still be eligible for cheap business energy rates.

Why should I switch business energy supplier?

  • A key part of any business is budgeting effectively and making sure your overheads are as low as possible. And while business energy is not the most glamorous of subjects, it’s one that will have a substantial impact on those end-of-year reports. Whether that impact is positive or negative, depends solely on your approach to your energy supply.
  • The quickest and easiest way of ensuring you are getting the best deal is to switch your business energy supplier. The energy industry is hugely competitive, and therefore each supplier is always looking to outdo their counterparts. Whether you choose a supplier from the ‘big-six’ or one of the countless other energy firms, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • By comparing your business energy supply with the current market, you take control of the price you pay. Negotiating a deal, rather than just choosing the first one that looks suitable, can result in major savings. What’s more, as the market is hugely competitive, energy firms frequently offer benefits and perks for new customers. So, even if you already have a competitive deal, it is always worth investigating whether you should switch your business energy supply.
  • Arguably the most important factor of any energy policy is the end date. The good news is that if the end date passes without a new deal being confirmed, your energy won’t be cut off. The bad news? You’ll pay at inflated rates for your electricity and gas supply. These are called rollover or deemed rate tariffs and are the most expensive energy contracts available.
  • With a rollover contract, you could be tied in at inflated rates for up to a year. If this happens to you, don’t panic; most energy suppliers will move your business to a deemed rate tariff. This will still be at a higher rate to what you normally pay, but you won’t be tied in for an extended period.
  • With a deemed rate tariff, you can usually switch to a better deal within thirty days. Either way, your business will pay more so to keep your costs low, make sure you know when your contract finishes.

How can I switch business energy supplier?

It’s incredibly easy to switch your business energy supplier. Once you have identified your new energy provider and negotiated a deal, they will work behind the scenes to ensure a smooth, stress-free transition. Similar to household energy, there will be no disruption when you switch your business electricity and gas supply.

For your new supplier to be able to offer you the best deal and put the switch into action, you will need to provide some details. Grab a copy of your most recent bill and note down the following information:

  • How much energy your business uses.
  • The name and end date of your current tariff.
  • The supply type.
  • The size and location of your business

Can I switch supplier when moving business premises?

When moving your business to a new location, the best-case scenario is that your current energy contract is already within its renewal window. Renewal windows can start anywhere from 30 days to 4 months before your contract ends. If you aren’t within your renewal window, switching is slightly more complicated. But don’t worry, ByteStart can help.

Before you move out:

Firstly, make sure you know the terms and conditions of your tariff. Unless you’re on a flexible contract, you will most likely be required to pay a fee to end your contract early. This can be expensive, so it’s worth considering transferring your current energy tariff to your new location. This doesn’t mean you’ll get the same unit cost and standing charge, just that you may avoid paying expensive early-termination fees. In some cases, you may not be able to get out of your contract at all, so make sure you read all the terms and conditions before signing up. This is especially important as business energy contracts don’t have a cooling-off period – once you’ve signed up, you’re locked in.

If you still want to switch your business gas and electricity, we recommend you compare business energy prices and then add in any termination fees to the costing. This will make it clear whether switching your business energy supplier is beneficial. If you have only a few months remaining on your current tariff, it may be more cost-effective to wait for your renewal window before making the switch.

Before moving into your new premises:

When moving into new business premises, the previous energy supplier will charge any energy usage at that location on a deemed rate tariff. Save money by being proactive and arranging your new contract before your business moves.

As mentioned, business energy tariffs come with what is called a renewal window. This is because energy companies buy business energy in bulk, rather than on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. And as a business owner, you’ll know it’s customers who are expected to front the bill for any losses. Unfortunately, it’s no different with energy. So, the best time to switch business energy supply is within your renewal window. This will start anywhere from 30 days to 4 months before the end of your contract.

When to switch business energy supplier

Provided that you have supplied your new business energy provider with the correct information and your current provider agrees to the switch, your business energy supply should take no more than four weeks to change.

Occasionally, your current supplier may put a block on the switch. This will be because you are either not in your renewal window, haven’t agreed a termination fee, or have an outstanding balance. It’s worth checking this information before contacting a new business energy provider.

In the meantime, run a price comparison and make sure your business is getting the best deal possible. Call our team now for help on switching to the best business energy deal.

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