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**20% of businesses achieved this saving when switching their business energy through our trusted partner Bionic. Based on data between May and October 2020.
Why switch business gas?
There are three main reasons people might switch business gas suppliers.
- Save money. Most of us know that switching gas supplier at home is a great opportunity to save. Switching your business gas supplier is just the same – the right tariff could save your business hundreds of pounds.
- Get better service. Does the deal you’ve currently got give you the service you want? If you’ve ever needed customer support, were you happy with the experience?
- Reflect your business ethos. Would switching to a green energy provider be more in line with your company’s values?
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How does switching business gas work?
Much like switching your home supply, it takes very little effort from you. When you compare with us you’ll complete a few questions, and once you’ve answered everything, we’ll check the market. One of our energy experts will give you a quick call when you’re free to run you through the available tariffs based on your needs – all you need to do is choose one. Our business energy provider (Bionic) will sort out all the finer details and arrange for the switch to take place.
Your new supplier organises all the details of the switch. There’s no disruption to your supply and there’s no groundwork to be done because suppliers use the same pipes to deliver your gas. You will need to do a few things, such as pay off outstanding bills, arrange for credit to be paid back to you and take a final meter reading. You'll get reminders that you need to do this, to save you the worry of remembering to fit it into your already busy schedule.
But remember, you can’t switch to a new business gas deal until your current one expires. And you can’t sign up with a new supplier until your switching window opens – usually between one to six months before your contract end date.
Don’t worry if you don’t know when your switching window begins. When you switch with us, we keep on top of this and compare the right business energy deals on your behalf, so you can get on with running your business.
To find a deal, follow the steps below:
- Type in your postcode to compare business gas insurance quotes, so we can find you the right deal.
- After answering a couple of questions online, you’ll receive a quick call from one of our energy experts, who can help you find the right business gas rates to suit your company.
- Once you select the right business gas deal for your company, we can sort out everything else.
What are the different tariff options?
When it comes to choosing a tariff for your business gas, there are two main types to consider:
Fixed rate tariff
You pay a guaranteed unit price per kWh for the duration of your contract, which can typically last from one to four years. This is the most popular type of tariff because you know exactly what unit price you’ll be paying for each month, and these types of tariffs are usually more competitive.
However, you might be locked in for a long time and won’t be able to switch suppliers until you’re in the renewal window – usually six months before the end of your contract.
You pay for your gas up-front in bulk. This can be a good tariff for larger companies as they can benefit from lower rates when their gas usage is high. Most flexible rate tariffs work on a 30-day rolling plan, which means you can switch suppliers with just 30 days’ notice. So, a flexible-rate tariff could work well if you’re on a short-term lease – for example, if you run a pop-up restaurant.
However, unit prices can go up and down depending on the market, and flexible-rate tariffs often be more expensive than fixed-rate tariffs.
How is the cost of my business gas calculated?
There are two main factors to consider when working out the cost of your business gas:
- Unit price – this is the price you pay for each unit of gas your business uses in kWh – so, if you’re on a fixed-rate tariff, it will stay the same for the length of your contract. If you’re on a variable-rate tariff it could go up or down depending on the wholesale market price.
- Standing charge – this is the daily fee you pay your supplier for managing your service and delivering gas to your premises.
The price you’ll pay for your business gas can also depend on:
- The size of your business
- The type business you run
- The credit rating of your business
What do I need to switch business gas?
Comparing business gas is quick and easy.
Follow the steps below:
- Enter the postcode of your business. Using smart digital data, we can then access everything we need to give you a quote.
- Experts from our business energy provider, Bionic, will analyse the market to help you find the energy tariff to suit your needs and give you a brief call to discuss it.
- If you choose to switch energy providers, you can rely on Bionic to look after everything for you, including future renewals.
What business gas providers can I compare with Compare the Market?
We compare prices across many well-known business energy suppliers including:
- British Gas
- British Gas Plus
- Total Gas & Power
- Valda Energy
Frequently asked questions
Can I switch suppliers if my business gas is supplied by independent gas transporter (IGT)?
Around 1 million properties in the UK are on IGTs, which are smaller networks linked to the main ones. IGTs extend the gas network to rural areas or new-build estates that wouldn’t otherwise have access to the National Grid.
You can still compare business gas suppliers and switch if your gas comes via an IGT rather than the National Grid. However, switching may take slightly longer.
Because IGTs are few and far between, standing charges are usually more expensive – which means your overall tariff may cost more. If your supply comes via an IGT the quotes you receive won’t include any extra IGT charges – you’ll need to add these on top of the tariff price you see. Some of the larger gas suppliers will absorb those additional standing charges, but it’s worth checking before you sign on the dotted line.
What happens once I switch business gas suppliers?
Your new supplier will send details of when the changeover will take place, as well as provide other information such as agreed payment method and dates. It’s your responsibility to check that the details are correct.
Your old supplier will ask you for a meter reading on the day of the switch so that they can send an accurate final bill.
Business customers aren’t usually eligible for a cooling off period (unlike domestic customers) so always make sure you’re 100% happy with your new tariff.
Will my gas meter need to be replaced?
Not usually. If your meter is a standard one, then it won’t need to be changed.
What is a smart meter?
A smart meter is a great way to monitor your company’s gas usage and could even help you lower your gas bill. Readings are taken automatically and sent directly to your supplier via a mobile signal, so you’ll get more accurate bills and will only be charged for the energy you use.
The government’s plan to offer all homes and SMEs a smart meter was delayed until 2024, and has now been pushed back to 2025 because of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
What rate of VAT should I be charged for my business gas?
Most businesses will pay the standard rate of 20% VAT for their gas. However, if you don’t use much gas (less than 4,397kWh per month – you can find this on your bill) or you run a charity or not-for-profit organisation, then you could be eligible for a 15% reduction and pay the 5% VAT rate that domestic customers do. If this sounds like your business, speak to your gas supplier and ask for a VAT declaration form.
What affects business gas prices?
Commercial gas prices can change quickly and in real time depending on several factors – wholesale price just being one of them. Other things that affect the cost of gas include supply and demand, currency prices and of course, regulator fees and government levies.
Most businesses opt for fixed-rate tariffs which means you’ll know that you’re protected from potential price rises if energy costs go up and variable rates are increased during your fixed rate period.
I’m on a fixed rate tariff – Can I switch before my contract ends?
Read your terms and conditions so you know what will happen if you end your contract early. In most cases, you can only switch once your contract ends or if you’re in the agreed renewal period before the contract ends. Your supplier should contact you 60-120 days before your contract’s due to end, so you can see your options and start to shop around. Some suppliers might let you terminate your contract early but will charge you a penalty, and any savings you might make by switching could be outweighed by a heavy termination fee.
What’s a deemed contract?
If you move business premises and start using gas at your new place, you’ll be put on ‘deemed rates’ until you agree a contract or switch to a new supplier. You might also be put onto deemed rates if your existing contract comes to an end but you continue to use gas without a new agreement in place.
Deemed rates are typically much higher than a standard tariff, so you should look to switch as soon as possible to avoid paying more for your gas than you should. According to Ofgem, around 10% of microbusinesses are on deemed contracts and are paying an average of 80% or more than rates charged in an agreed contract.
The good news is that if you find yourself on deemed rates, you have the right to switch at any time for any reason without giving notice or paying a termination fee.
What about microbusinesses?
If you’re a microbusiness and you want to cancel a fixed-rate agreement, you only have to give 30 days’ notice before the contract end date.
You qualify as a microbusiness if you use less than 293,000 kWh of gas a year or you have fewer than 10 employees (or their full-time equivalent) and your annual turnover is less than €2 million.
Can I get a business gas tariff if I work from home?
If you work from home, you won’t be eligible for a business energy tariff unless more than 50% of your energy use is for your business.
If you don’t qualify, compare domestic gas quotes with us instead, to find a cheaper deal that’s best for you.
Even if you qualify, you might find a domestic tariff better value for money, especially if you don’t have high energy use. Shop around and compare so you can weigh up your options.
Are business gas rates cheaper than domestic?
Because businesses typically use more gas than domestic households, the actual rates for commercial gas can often be cheaper.
But VAT is more: 20% for most businesses compared to 5% for domestic customers. Most businesses also have to pay a Climate Change Levy, an enviromental tax which will be 0.465 p/kWh for gas from 1 April 2021.
Who is my business gas supplier?
You can find out who supplies your gas and details of your energy tariff on a recent energy bill.
If you don’t have a bill available or you’ve just moved business premises, you can find out who your gas supplier is by using the Meter Point Administration’s online search tool Find my supplier or by phoning 0870 608 1524 (calls cost 7p per minute on top of your standard rate). They will also give you your gas Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN). This tells your supplier where your gas meter is located.
What's green business gas?
Green gas is sourced from environmentally sustainable sources – such as plants or animal waste. Unlike green electricity, environmentally friendly gas is still in its infancy and isn’t always an option depending on where your business is located (which is why we’ll ask you for your postcode). It's also worth noting that, when you calculate what's involved in the overall process of creating the energy, some experts disagree on how ‘green’ the green energy actually is. You may want to do your own research on how environmentally friendly the different suppliers are.
If using green gas isn’t a practical option, you could choose a supplier that gets involved in environmental projects or gives money to support them.
What support is available for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic?
If your business is suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic, there is government financial support available.
If you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, talk to your supplier. They may be able to arrange a payment plan, pause payments or reduce your payments during this difficult time.
If you need more help and advice about paying your energy bills during the coronavirus pandemic, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline. They can offer advice about your business’s energy contract and help you understand your rights
What do I need to get a quote?
Simply enter your business postcode and our smart digital search tool can access everything we need to give you a quote.
It’s a good idea to have a recent gas bill to hand. This will tell you the name of your supplier, the current tariff you’re on and how much energy your business uses.
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From the Energy team
What our expert says
"If you’ve been with the same supplier for years, you might be paying more for your business gas than you should.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to cut the cost of your business gas bills is to switch to a cheaper tariff. There’ll be no interruption to your supply, you’ll continue to get gas during the switch process, and it won’t affect the day-to-day running of your business.
Whether you choose a fixed rate tariff of a flexible contract, shopping around and comparing deals is one of the best ways to save money for your business."