Business Energy Suppliers List: Small and Mighty Suppliers

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If you’re thinking of switching energy suppliers and are currently shopping around for a deal, you’ll be well aware that there are dozens of options to choose from. Which means more often than not, you’re left with the frustrating task of sorting through a plethora of quotes without much success.

At Wildfire Energy, we want to make sure you get the best bang for your buck when it comes to your business energy, and for some businesses that means using one of the smaller independent suppliers.

So, why should you choose a smaller energy supplier?

It’s a question many business owners, large and small ask, and it makes sense. Why go with an independent commercial energy supplier when there are more established and seemingly more reliable services available?

Honestly, it all depends on the size of your business, your energy needs and what you’re looking for in an energy supplier.

While the larger energy suppliers have the benefit of being well known what the ‘small and mighty’ energy suppliers often make up for their small size with superior customer service and more competitive prices.

Also, many of the independent energy suppliers only offer their services to businesses, which means they’re more likely to have a better understanding of your business energy needs.

With that covered, let’s take a look at a list of some of the smaller business energy suppliers to see what they have to offer.

First up, Opus Energy

With almost 20 years providing energy to their business customers, Opus Energy is dedicated to helping their customers reduce their carbon footprint and offer 100% renewable energy contracts as standard.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? Any business that spends less than £100,000 a year on their gas or electricity and/or has less than 5 sites.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Opus offer fixed-term contracts for up to 3 years and have two main contract offers that focus on helping run a greener business. They also offer free smart meters with their contacts to give you more insight into your energy spending.
  • Best if: You’re looking for competitive energy rates that prioritise green energy.

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a large business? Any business that spends over £100, 000 a year on energy and/or has more than 5 sites
  • What types of contracts do they offer? They offer both fixed and flexible contracts depending on what your business needs. Their online platform also makes it easier to manage your energy on multiple sites.
  • Best if: Your business runs multiple sites and you’re looking for a system that makes this easier.

What about renewable energy? Opus offer 100% renewable energy contracts as standard

Next up, Crown Gas and Power

Crown Gas and Power supply gas to businesses up and down the country. Known for their exceptional customer service (just look at their reviews), they pride themselves in putting the needs of their customers above all else. 

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? Any business that uses less than 500,000 kWh of gas a year
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Crown Gas & Power only supply gas to businesses and offer contracts of varying contract lengths that make it easier for businesses to manage their energy usage.
  • Best if: You’re a growing business looking for a little flexibility when it comes to the length of your gas contract.

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a large business? Any business that uses more than 500,000 kWh of gas per year a year on energy
  • What types of contracts do they offer? They offer a range of gas contracts and products to suit every business.
  • Best if: You’re only looking to switch your gas supplier and you’d like extra customer support.

What about renewable energy? Crown gives their customers the option to choose how much of their gas is made from renewable sources. Options include 25%, 50% or 100% green gas.

Engie

Founded in France and serving thousands of businesses in the UK Engie’s main focus is providing low-carbon energy to businesses in the UK’s biggest sectors, including government, healthcare and manufacturing.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? Any business that has less than 20 sites and consumes less than 1GwH of energy
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Engie offer several fixed rate contracts with a range of options. You can even opt out of the daily standing charge (although this comes with its own pitfalls)
  • Best if: You’re looking for a variety of contract options.

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a large business? If you have more than 20 sites and use more than 1GwH of energy, then Engie considers you to be a large business
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Gas and electricity contracts tailored to your size, energy consumption, and how risk-averse your business is.
  • Best if: If you’re business has several sites

What about renewable energy? Engie offer a range of renewable energy options to their customers.

Total Gas & Power

Perhaps the most well-known of all the independent gas and electricity suppliers Total are the market leaders for commercial gas supply. They provide energy to all types of businesses including SMEs and non-profits.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? If your business consumes less than 10 GwH of gas or electricity a year, you’re considered a small business.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Total has three main fixed-term offerings for small to medium sized businesses, with contracts for 1-5 years.
  • Best if: You want a low risk contract with rates that don’t change.

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a large business? Any business that uses more than 10 GwH of gas or electricity every year.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Total’s commercial energy contracts range from the ‘fully-fixed’ for businesses that want to plan ahead, to the ‘fully-flexible’ for those that want to make the most of changes in the market.
  • Best if: You want the benefits of a smaller energy supplier with the backing of a big brand name.

What about renewable energy? Total are dedicated to helping businesses reach net-zero carbon, and offer gas and electricity contracts with 100% renewable energy.

But isn’t using a smaller business energy supplier a bit risky?

Despite the many benefits of switching to one of the business energy suppliers on this list, there are also a few risks, the main one being that smaller energy suppliers are much more likely to go bust.

While it doesn’t happen all that often, it’s a valid concern, which is why Ofgem has put initiatives in place, to make sure that you don’t lose a minute of business if something does happen to your supplier.

Before you go…

Here are a few things you can do to get a business energy deal that suits your budget and matches your energy needs.

  1. If you’re thinking about switching or you need some guidance choosing a supplier talk to one of our experts for free advice and support.
  2. If you’re ready to make the switch then fill out this form, and we’ll send you a free quote that’s easy to understand and tailored to your business.

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