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Small business energy management more vital than ever for SMEs

The long-awaited Energy Bill was finally announced to the House of Commons in November.  Interestingly, the Coalition Government chose to release it on the exact same day Lord Justice Leveson released his own report into media regulation.  Governments often choose to double up like this in order to hide bad news… so what was the…

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Small business electricity prices – they all rolled over and some fell out!

Small businesses, by definition, are often more nimble than their languorous, big business counterparts.  They are able to manoeuvre faster and sharper… more equipped to adapt to a shifting economic terrain. For we know, by now, that we are living through the rockiest period of economic activity in living memory.  Many businesses, regrettably, are finding…

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Water management companies – whose hands are on the tap?

Long before the time of water management companies, the Ancient Mariner once famously bemoaned there was “water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink”.  That chap, of course, was lost out at sea… but he had a point.  Only 3% of water on the planet is unsalted.  2% of that freshwater is in glaciers…

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Business Gas UK price-fixing scandal – good news for small business gas buyers?

Yesterday, no one had heard of Seth Freedman. Today he joins a long line of UK whistle-blowers with  his allegations of UK gas price-fixing. And as energy is definitely a hot topic currently, particularly domestic and business gas, UK papers will be awash with his name this morning. Regulators have begun investigating the claims of…

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Why it’s still vital to compare commercial electricity prices.

You may recently have seen news reports concerning David Cameron’s energy statement to the House of Commons.  In October of this year, Mr Cameron indicated energy companies would be duty bound to offer the lowest tariff to their customers, leading to  speculation on what effect this would have on business gas and commercial electricity prices….

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Business energy management and UK carbon targets

Clever business energy management has never been more crucial……. and tricky…….. as the great energy debate pulls the country one way, and then another.  The green lobby, for instance, will argue that we need to shut down the UK’s creaking, ageing oil and coal-fired power stations.  Then rather surprisingly, big business wades into the argument…

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The secret to getting great business energy prices is… …timing!

Yes, just like the art of comedy and cooking, the secret of securing the best business energy prices is all in the timing.  Whether you’re looking for the perfect gag, or the perfect salmon en croute, it’s not only about the what… but the when. Many businesses, for instance, will not be aware that you…

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Business energy prices unsettled by UK carbon policy.

Many might think that chasing the best business energy prices runs contrary to an environmental agenda.  However in an interesting development, 50 businesses recently co-signed an open letter to the Chancellor George Osborne, arguing, instead, the case for further reductions in carbon emissions. Going green, it seems, is actually rather good for business, and for…

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Business electricity rates comparison complicated by baffling price structures.

The 21st Century makes great demands on us all.  These days, we seem to have less time in which we are asked to do more than ever.  Similarly, once-upon-a-time our choices of energy supply for our business was fairly standard – principally one choice, in fact.  However deregulation has lead to competition between the various…

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Controlling business electricity costs in the UK.

Unless you’ve been lucky enough to be hibernating under a rock recently, you will be aware of the cold, harsh facts of living and operating a business in this current recessionary economic environment.  People are feeling it in their pocket.  These days, for instance, before walking into a nice looking restaurant we are all more…

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