In today’s volatile markets for both electricity and gas, having a well-organised and intelligent procurement strategy tailored to your business or farm is vital. And this strategy needs to be managed on an ongoing basis by people who know what they’re doing, leaving you to get on with your day job in the knowledge that you’re being as energy and cost efficient as possible.
We have experience of managing bespoke energy strategies for a wide range of clients from a farmer with a grain dryer to an international textile manufacturer spending in excess of £2m on electricity and gas, and currently manage over 1,760 farms across the UK. We’ll be sharing our expertise at the Great Yorkshire Show (stand 393 Renewable Zone Avenue U) and Driffield Show in July 2015 so please come along and visit us to find out more. In the meantime, here are our top tips:
Make sure you get the best deal on your energy
As a farm or business owner, getting the best deal on your energy supply can make a huge difference to your bottom line, especially if your energy consumption is significant. Negotiating the best deal with the right supplier could save you £1,000s or even £10,000s. As one of the UK’s largest energy brokers we have very strong relationships with a wide range of providers (not just the ‘big six’!) and have bulk buying power, which means we have a track record of finding large savings for our clients. Not only that, but as a small family business ourselves, we offer a very personal, hands on approach so we really get to know and understand your needs and can tailor a deal that’s perfectly suited to you.
Avoid the stress and hassle of dealing with energy companies and managing bills
If you pick up the phone to any of the ‘big six’ energy providers – or even some of the smaller providers for that matter – you’ll speak to a member of call centre staff with no expertise or authority who can only sell you or advise you on deals via one specific provider. You’ll also just receive your bills through the post or via email with no impartial advice or support. By using a broker like us, you save time as well as money because we do all the negotiation and management on your behalf, making sure that bills are valid and correct each month. We’ll even visit your farm or business to talk to you face to face because your business is important to us so we aim to offer the best possible service.
Review your energy usage regularly
It’s important to not only get the best deal for your farm or business at the outset but to review your energy usage and bills on an ongoing basis to look at where you could be making savings, either by switching provider, being more energy efficient or looking at different sources of energy. Not only do we constantly have our finger on the pulse of market trends so that we can advise on the best time to purchase the commodity and through which supplier, but we also perform regular formal energy reviews to check that you are still getting the best deal for your consumption levels.
Sort out energy billing and supplier disputes quickly
As you’ll know if you’ve ever had a dispute with an energy supplier, sorting out the situation can take up huge amounts of your time which would be much better spent on your farm or business. Again, this is largely down to the fact that it is so difficult to get through to the right person who actually has the knowledge and authority to settle things when you’re dealing with call centres. Not only that, but quickly recovering costs from suppliers who have over-charged you is critical for cost control and cash flow. Electricity and gas bills and associated costs are becoming increasingly more complicated and harder to understand. Our expertise and systems are designed to compare bill values against collected meter data, presenting any anomalies or verifying that the utility bill is correct. Whether it’s ensuring that you are not put on an emergency rate when first setting up a supply or flagging up any billing issues as soon as they arise, we make sure everything runs smoothly and you aren’t being ripped off.