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How to Switch Your Business Energy Supplier


The commercial energy market is more competitive than you may think, and the best deals are for switchers. By doing a little shopping around, you’re bound to find gas and electricity tariffs which could save your business a significant amount of money. However, many business owners know little about energy and how to switch supplier. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to tell you all you need to know about the switching process.

Know When Your Current Contract Ends

It’s important to know the terms of your current business energy contract before you try to switch over to a new one. More specifically, you need to know your contract end date and how long before that date you can tell your supplier you’d like to switch. If another provider tries to take over your energy supply too soon, your original supplier can reject the switch.

On the other hand, you don’t want to leave your switch too late either. If your current contract ends and you don’t have a new one lined up, you may be rolled over into a more expensive tariff or end up paying high out-of-contract rates. Having a switch organised in advance saves you from wasting money on these rates later on. Keep in mind that changing your supplier takes time, so you should arrange your switch at least 30 days before your current contract ends.

Check Your Meter

In order to find out how much money you could save by switching, you’ll need to have information about your business’s energy use and your meter to hand. Suppliers and price comparison services can only provide accurate quotes if you give them the unique registration number from the meter you’d like to switch. If you’d like to switch your electricity provider this will be your MPAN (meter point administration number) and if you’d like to switch your gas provider this will be your MPRN (meter point reference number). You’ll be able to find these numbers on your energy bills, along with information about how much energy you use, which you’ll also need.

Consider Your Requirements

Every business has different energy requirements and yours need to be taken into consideration when you’re looking for a new tariff. Take note of anything your new supplier should know. For example, does your business have multiple premises or a mix of meters? Does it operate outside typical working hours or does its energy use vary significantly throughout the year? Also think about whether there are any qualities that are important to you in a supplier (besides competitive prices!) Maybe you’re thinking of switching to green energy or maybe you’d just like a supplier with great online services?

Compare Suppliers and Tariffs

Once you’ve gathered all the information you need to get accurate energy quotes, it’s time to start shopping around. You can talk to individual suppliers directly to find out about their current deals, or you can let a switching service like SwitchMyBusiness.com gather quotes for you. Why not try out our free online quote tool? It’s obligation-free and easy to use; you simply fill in a few details about your business to find out how many energy tariffs could save your business money.

You can also call us any time to discuss anything you’re unsure about with one of our energy-switching experts. We’ll answer all your questions and take into account your specific set of requirements so we can tell you which suppliers and tariffs best fit your needs, meaning you don’t have to do the research.

Let Us Handle the Switch for You

We don’t just make it easy for you to compare energy prices – we make it easy for you to switch too. In fact, we’ll take care of the whole process. Once you’ve used our price comparison service and let us know which tariff you’d like to switch to, we’ll organise the transition for you, taking care of all the paperwork so you can get on with running your business. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way, making sure you’re kept in the loop without having to give up too much of your time. It’s the easiest way to switch your business energy supplier when you’re simply too busy to do it all yourself!

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Excellent, / 10

an absolute disappointment

"I have been using switch my business for many years re the business energy deal. Normally one of the team member would contact me about 2 months before the contract terminated and look for another deal. Last year it was done by James Bainbrigge for a 1 year deal. This year I have not heard from anyone and therefore started to contact James by email and also leaving messages on his phone. After many unsuccessful attempts, I called the 0800 and 0808 numbers. I have done so more than a dozen times. Each time I was left on hold for up to ten minutes and then got cut off. I also email to sales team and received no response. In desperation I contacted customer service team twice by email, received the acknowledgment email and nothing further. My contract is running out this Saturday and therefore at the beginning of this week, I sent in a quotation. No one has contacted me to date. I cannot do anything more than what I have done. What a shamble!!!"

This review was posted by anthony on the 03rd of June 2021

Kay was extremely helpful and…

"Kay was extremely helpful and efficient, in terms of both advice and setting up our account. Would recommend 100%."

This review was posted by customer on the 24th of November 2020

After Scottish Power changed our…

"After Scottish Power changed our business rates half way through the contract we were in set up by Switch My Business, we spoke to Natalja and she helped us sort this issue. Unfortunately, Scottish Power wouldn't play ball and were not agreeing to let us out the contract. Natalja worked extremely hard to sort this out for us and even put a claim in with them for the out of contract rates they put us on as one advisor at Scottish Power said they would refund the difference then another said they would not, along with plenty of other issues and broken promises along the way. It was a long and pretty painful process but Natalja did not give up and we have won the claim against Scottish Power. Very happy with the service Natalja provided."

This review was posted by Sara on the 19th of November 2020

Prompt & efficient service from Stephen…

"Prompt & efficient service from Stephen who really went into all the details in a very short period of time. I would definitely use SMB again. Thank you Stephen!"

This review was posted by Jackie on the 18th of November 2020

Highly recommended!

"Dealt with Bhavni, she was also extremely helpful, patient and dealt with my case in a very professional way. Answered all my questions promptly and got the best rate for our business. Highly recommended!"

This review was posted by S. Amin on the 17th of November 2020