Business energy suppliers List: Top 5 big suppliers

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One of the most stressful parts of trying to find an energy supplier online, is… well trying to find an energy supplier online. With over 50 suppliers in the UK alone, and just as many price comparison sites it can often be difficult to figure out which supplier is best for your business needs.

At Wildfire energy, we’ll help you find the best possible deal for your business and help save up to 40% on your energy bill.

That being said, it’s always good to start with a bit of knowledge beforehand, so that you have a clear idea of what’s on offer.

With that in mind, we’ve created a list of business energy suppliers, with information about what they do, what types of contracts they offer and what types of businesses they serve, in the hopes that you’ll be armed with the information you need to take the next step: getting a quote.

So who exactly are the top 5 large business energy suppliers?

They’re the big boys of the energy game and offer gas and electricity supply to millions of businesses and households all over the country.

If you’re getting ready to switch and want to go with one of the more well-known companies then this blog post is for you.

Keep in mind that most suppliers offer separate business gas and electricity contracts rather than having them both together as you would with domestic contracts.

First, we have British Gas…

The biggest, and perhaps the most well-known of all the UK’s energy suppliers. Despite the name they offer a whole range of gas and electricity contracts for businesses large and small.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? Any business that spends less than £300,000 a year on electricity

  • What types of contracts do they offer? Fixed rate contracts and variable rates starting from 30 days to up to three years.

  • Best if: You want a simple way to manage your small business’ energy

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a large business? Any business that spends over £300, 000 a year on energy

  • What types of contracts do they offer? It depends. If you’re a big energy spender they’ll allow you to tailor the service to your business’ needs. Prices vary according to region and how much gas and electricity you use.

  • Best if: You want complete control over your gas and electricity

What about renewable energy? British Gas offer a renewable energy tariff for businesses that consume more than 150,000 kWh of electricity.

Next we have EDF:

 

Known for being the UK’s largest low-carbon electricity supplier, EDF offers tariffs for SMEs, larger businesses as well as non-profits. They’re also one of the few energy suppliers that allow you to combine your business’ gas and electricity contract.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? If you spend under £30,000 on your gas and electricity EDF considers you to be a small/medium business.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Short term electricity contracts for start-ups, fixed term contracts for business gas and electricity. Contracts for up to four years.
  • Best if: You’re a new business or startup looking for a bit of flexibility.

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a commercial business: Any business that spends over £30,000 electricity a year or if you have more than 50 sites.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? EDF offers a range of contracts that merge fixed rates with flexibility, and largely depend on how much energy you use.
  • Best if: You want the option for flexible rates with less risk.

What about renewable energy? EDF offer renewable energy solutions to large businesses.

E.On

 

Founded in Germany, E.On is one of the world’s largest electricity suppliers providing energy to countries all over Europe and beyond. Here in the UK, they offer a range of contracts to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? E.On defines small and medium business energy users as any business that uses less than 2.5gwh or £35,000 a year on energy.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? E.On mostly offers fixed rate contracts to their small business customers and they can either be 1 year or three years.
  • Best for? Small businesses looking for simple fixed rate tariffs.

For commercial businesses

  • What counts as a commercial business? Any business that uses over 2.5 gwh or £35,000 a year on energy.
  • What kinds of contracts do they offer? E.On offer several different contract types for large businesses including fixed term, flexible rates and wholesale options.

What about renewable energy? E.On offer 100% renewable electricity to certain businesses

ScottishPower

 

This Glasgow based energy supplier, offers 100% green energy to businesses powered by their very own wind farms. Like the rest of the suppliers we’ve mentioned they offer a variety of energy tariffs to small businesses and large enterprises.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? ScottishPower’s tariffs are a little more complicated than the first three we mentioned. The electricity tariffs they offer are based on electricity demand profiles rather than an exact amount you spend.  If you’re thinking of switching to ScottishPower then give us a call and we’ll help you find the deal that’s the best fit for your business.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Scottish power offer 4 main tariffs for small businesses which are a mix of variable and fixed contracts.

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a larger business? As above, the commercial Tariffs available to you are based on a variety of factors including how much energy you consume and whether you use half-hourly meters.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? ScottishPower’s contracts allow for varying levels of control, from fixed contracts that never change to options to buy your energy wholesale.

What about renewable energy? ScottishPower offer 100% renewable electricity through their wind farms.

Best for:  Environmentally conscious businesses

SSE business energy

 

Like EDF SSE energy offer joint gas and electricity to micro businesses, small businesses as well as bigger commercial businesses.

For small businesses:

  • What counts as a small business? SSE supports both small and micro businesses, including extra protection for micro businesses with less than 10 employees.
  • What kind of contracts do they offer?  SSE offer fixed rate contracts for up to five years for smaller businesses as well as flexible rates for medium sized businesses.
  • Best for: Microbusinesses that don’t consume a great deal of energy

For commercial businesses:

  • What counts as a commercial business? Any business that consumes a larger than average amount of electricity.
  • What types of contracts do they offer? Fixed rates that allow you to plan your budget accordingly, as well as flexible rates where you can buy your energy depending on when you need it.

What about renewable energy? SSE customers can choose a renewable energy contact for their business.

Best for: Businesses that consume a lot of energy and are looking to combine their gas and electricity.

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