Can I have a business energy contract if I work from home?
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Small businesses with an annual turnover and/or balance sheet that doesn’t exceed 2 million euros (or sterling equivalent) and with less than ten employees can use the seven-day switching service, as can personal current account holders.
The latest available figures from the Payments Council, the body in charge of the scheme, show that business switches made up just 2.1% of all current account switches in November 2014 up from the 0.4% recorded in September 2013. It’s easy to see that more firms could be looking for a better banking deal.
Charlotte Nelson, spokesperson at finance data provider Moneyfacts, says: “When looking for a business current account it is important to shop around, so customers would be wise to consider all aspects of the account to ensure which one best suits their needs.
“Selecting a business current account is more than just choosing the best introductory deal or interest rate on offer, the relationship that you will have with your bank is vital.
“Some providers may offer you a dedicated small business manager and by using this service the bank will better understand your business.”
A lot of banks will offer new business current account customers free banking for a set period. This could significantly reduce your costs if you are a new start-up.
“Norwich & Peterborough’s Gold account is great due to its low charging structure for over-the-counter deposits.
“However, this is not as widely reached to businesses when compared with high street banks such as Barclays, NatWest, Santander, Lloyds and HSBC.
“Out of those providers Lloyds Bank won best business bank in the Business Moneyfacts 2014 awards, with Barclays highly commended and Santander commended.
“Some of these banks will offer much lower charging structures depending on how the business operates. For example, Barclays and HSBC have accounts that encourage online banking.”
Business account best buys
Commissioned by Chancellor George Osborne and launched in May 2014, BBI was designed to allow businesses to make an informed choice about the banks they use by reading other businesses’ scores and comments.
"Very easy. Bea Luseni very efficient & knowledgeable."This review was posted by Alan Duffy on the 31st of March 2017
Super helpful and easy to work with
"Recommend this company in a heartbeat - Nicole Borneuf was super easy to talk to, was not pushy in the slightest, very helpful and replied with all my questions very professionally and did all she could to help. I had to deal with a few companies to sort my business energy out, all but Nicole were too pushy for my liking and I refused to follow through with them. Thank Nicole - you are a credit to your company, thank you for making the stressful energy change so easy."This review was posted by Mia Drew on the 29th of March 2017
An Extremely Competent Company
"Switch my business has not only helped my SME secure a good energy deal for the second year running but Jessica swiftly found a alternative supplier for me when I was let down on the day of switching by the new contractual provider I had chosen some 4 months previously. Being suddenly out of contract and without provider is everyone's energy nightmare. Greatest thanks."This review was posted by S McMillan on the 29th of March 2017
Helpful, friendly and we saved lots of money!
"Jessica Purnell was helpful and friendly, she made the whole process easy and simple AND we saved lots of money thanks Jess"This review was posted by Melanie Baker on the 23rd of March 2017
Quick & Easy
"Kabibi was very helpful and the whole process was very efficient. The one small reservation I had was that I was phoned up by Kabibi almost immediately having received my online quote - which wasn't enough time for me to finish reading the quotes! Fortunately she was able to assist me in a greater savings on both Gas & Electricity, and so as long as the switchover is seamless I will remain very happy with the service."This review was posted by Amanda Brown on the 21st of March 2017