Although a fresh start can be exciting, moving business premises is one of the biggest fears for small businesses in the UK. In fact, three quarters of small businesses delay making a move because they’re worried about the transition — with transferring gas and electricity supply being just one of the many tasks which need to be organised.
Though it may not feature at the top of your priority list, it’s important to determine who supplies your gas and electricity and whether you could switch to a better deal. Even if you decide to stick with the supplier at your new business premises, you’ll need to let them know that you’ve moved into the building and provide them with up-to-date meter readings, so you’re billed correctly from the start.
In this guide, we provide practical information on how to find out which company is supplying gas and electricity to your premises, including useful contact information and advice on how to get the best deal at your new address.
One of the easiest ways to find out who supplies your business gas is to contact your landlord or the previous owner of the property. Often, these former tenants will leave bills behind, which you can also use to find out who your supplier is.
However, if this isn’t the case or if they’re unable to help you, you can call the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524. Before you call, you’ll need to have your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) handy, which is the unique gas supply reference for your meter. This is between six and ten numbers long and can be found on the gas meter. This is what the helpline will use to identify who your supplier is.
If you’re struggling to find this number, the Meter Number Helpline should be able to assist you with this, too.
If you don’t have a previous electricity bill, you’ll need to contact the local distribution company. The UK electricity network is divided into large regions, each with its own local electricity distributor. We’ve listed the contact information for all the regional distributors below.
North ScotlandScottish and Southern Electricity NetworksTel.: 0800 048 3515Website: ssepd.co.uk/Home
Central & Southern ScotlandSP Energy NetworksTel.: 0330 1010 300Website: spenergynetworks.co.uk
North East England & YorkshireNorthern PowergridTel.: 0800 011 3332Website: northernpowergrid.com
North West EnglandElectricity North WestTel.: 0800 195 4141Website: enwl.co.uk
Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales & North ShropshireSP Energy NetworksTel.: 0330 1010 300Website: spenergynetworks.co.uk
East Midlands & West MidlandsWestern Power DistributionTel.: 0800 096 3080Website: westernpower.co.uk
South Wales & South West EnglandWestern Power DistributionTel.: 0800 096 3080Website: westernpower.co.uk
London, South East England & Eastern EnglandUK Power NetworksTel.: 0845 601 4516Website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Southern EnglandScottish and Southern Electricity NetworksTel.: 0800 048 3515Website: ssepd.co.uk/Home
If you’re not sure which region your premises is in, visit the Energy Networks Association (ENA) website and put your postcode into the network finder. This will provide you with all the useful contact information you need to find your energy supplier.
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Once you’ve found out who your energy supplier is, you should assess whether you want to enter into a formal contract with them. While sticking with the same company may seem like an effective time-saver, many businesses could find themselves saving a substantial amount if they switch.
At the very least, it’s wise to contact a few suppliers for an energy quote to ensure your business is being charged competitive energy prices.
If you’re happy with the energy supplier at your current address and would prefer to stick with them after you’ve moved premises, you’ll need to tell your supplier before you leave your old address. They will set up an agreement at your new premises and you can contact the supplier at the new address to let them know you’re switching. Consider comparing prices before you decide to stick with the same supplier, however, as the price you pay for energy will differ from property to property.
For more help and advice, read our business energy guide for moving premises.
Switching from one energy company to another can also be quick, easy, and cost-effective – and won’t cause any disruption to your supply.
Step 1: Locate your energy contract or a copy of your most recent bill. The contract should tell you important information about your business energy rates and how to compare business energy prices per kWh when the contract ends.
You can start comparing and arranging a switch up to six months before the end of your contract. This gives you plenty of time to review different plans on the market to choose a provider that’s right for you.
Step 2: Start a quote and compare energy deals to find one that suits your business, factoring in any exit fees or other charges if you leave your provider.
Stay abreast of where you are in relation to your current energy contract – including what you’re paying and when it ends.
When comparing business energy details, keep the following in mind:
The unit rate is the price you pay per unit of energy (kWh), while the standing charge is a daily charge that helps with the maintenance of the national grid and the cost of transporting energy direct to your business.
Step 3: Once you’ve found a supplier you’re happy with, be sure to pay off any outstanding bills before you switch.
NB: Businesses have three options when it comes to comparing business energy deals: you can either contact the supplier directly to check rates, use a comparison site, or you can work through a business energy broker, who will take care of everything on behalf of the business. See below for more on how Gazprom Energy can help.
Business energy contracts can be confusing, with complex wording that’s difficult to get your head around. If you’re unsure about the wording or don’t understand a certain term, read our guide on understanding business energy contracts. From devising a business strategy to detailing the government schemes available to businesses, it’s an essential resource to keep at hand.
Here at Gazprom Energy, we understand how challenging it is to run a small business and how valuable your time and resources are. As a result, we’ve shaped our switching process to save you time, and with our competitive rates, money too. Get a business gas or electricity quote to find out how much we can save your business.
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