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New & Existing Businesses
Whether you are a new or existing business, we can help you save on your business energy bills. We have access to a variety of competitive prices across the market and will help you find the right deal for you.
SME & Large Corporates
We know that no two businesses are the same! Business Energy comparison consultants are experts in identifying your individual requirements and finding the best energy solution for your business.
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Industries & Sectors
We work with a huge variety of sectors across the Uk from sports clubs, care homes, warehousing and much more! No matter the size of your business, we can help you save on your business utilities. Energy contracts are simple by utilising our supplier relationships to tender for the best rates.
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Are you looking at taking sustainable action and boosting your green credentials? Compare the most competitive green business energy quotes for your business.
How to compare business water rates
Put off by complicated tariffs? Don’t be. Business Energy Comparison will find you the best water rates in minutes to help you make that switch. Simply follow these steps:
01 Provide details of where your water is supplied
Before you start your business water comparison, you’ll need to input the name of your business, its location, your supply point identification number (SPID), and some contact information. The Business Energy Comparison tool will use this information to identify the best business water deals on the market.
02 Use quotes to identify *the* water deal and supplier for your business
You’ll see business water quotes based on the specific requirements of your organisation and the latest rates on offer. From here, you’ll be able to seek expert guidance and advice on the benefits and drawbacks of picking comparative water deals. You’ll also be able to determine whether renewing your existing contract is more favourable than switching.
03 Ready to switch? Leave the rest to the experts!
When you’ve decided to switch business water suppliers (provided you’re eligible), signed your contract, and have your switching date, you can relax. The experts will take it from here, managing the switching process for you. So, you don’t have to divert your time and attention away from the thing you do best – running your business.
Why should you switch business water suppliers?
By comparing business water suppliers’ prices, you could make savings on annual costs, which could help improve your bottom line. As well as savings, by switching water suppliers your business could benefit from:
- Locking your business water rate at a favourable fixed rate
- Less hassle, with more efficient billing
- Newer water suppliers bringing innovations to the market
- Extra services, such as water usage monitoring systems
- Better customer service
Understanding your business water bill
Having trouble making sense of your business water bill? Don’t worry, here are some helpful pointers on what you can expect to see.
The first thing to note is that your bill will look different depending on whether your supply is metered or unmetered, or if you have different suppliers covering your premises’ water and sewerage services. However, you’ll typically see:
- Business information – name and address
- Customer reference or invoice number – you’ll reference these when
you make your payment.
- Supply point identification number (SPID) or waste supply point
identification number – these are unique numbers that indicate where
your supply point is.
- Summary of your account – a summary of your charges, as well as any
bill adjustments or any outstanding debt on your account.
- Summary of charges – this is a top-level overview of the VAT and
service charges you pay during your billing period.
- Breakdown of charges – it’ll often include a fixed service maintenance
charge, as well as a volumetric charge based on your business water
consumption for meter customers. If you’re an unmetered customer, it’ll be estimated using the rateable value
What are the average business water rates?
The amount you pay for business water will depend on several factors including which region you’re in (costs vary depending on the company maintaining the local water network), the size of your property and the amount of water your business uses, as well as the size of your meter. Small business water rates will be very different compared to corporate water rates.
So, this makes it difficult to provide an exact figure – because your business needs will differ compared to those of your competitors. However, this table is designed to give a rough idea of what you can expect to spend on your business water rates depending on the size of your business – from small businesses to large corporates.
How does the commercial water market work?
The business water market isn’t so different to the gas and electricity markets in the way that it operates.
01 There are wholesalers
The organisations that own and operate the infrastructure (i.e. mains supply, pipe networks, and treatment works). Wholesalers operate regionally.
02 You have retailers
They purchase services at wholesale, like water supplies and wastewater removal. They purchase water at exactly the same unit rate. The big differing factor is the added value offered to the customer – your business.
Provided your business is eligible to make a switch, you can choose the right water supplier and package to match your needs.
THE OPEN WATER MARKET
Since 1st April 2017, the non-domestic water market has been deregulated in England. In Scotland, the market was deregulated back in 2008. This has been led by Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority), DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and MOSL (Market Operator Services LTD.).
What has this meant for people like you? Well, it’s effectively given you choice – to choose which supplier provides your water supply and wastewater removal services.
There’s no competition on actual unit rates – all water companies pay the same price at wholesale. However, the extras offered have created a competitive market. These extras can include bill consolidation (making them payable with a single monthly payment), meter reading, additional customer care and advice on how to be more water efficient as a business.
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR BUSINESS WATER BILL
Do you think your business could be using too much water? Past research has shown the average business in the UK is consuming more than 30% of the water they actually need. So, it’s good to start by monitoring your average water consumption monthly – this will help you easily spot any immediate issues.
Technology can also help. Smart water meters can help you ensure you only pay for what you use. Water efficient taps, sensor or automatic taps and rainwater harvesting solutions can all help to reduce waste and maximise the way in which you use your supply.
Additionally, you could benefit from what’s known as a water audit. This usually involves an inspection of any systems or appliances that use water within your business to identify inefficiencies, such as leaks. It can also involve an audit of your actual account with the water supplier – to make sure you’re being billed correctly and you’re not overpaying.
Switch business water suppliers today
Start your business water comparison! Find out if you could save money on your bills by getting your free business water quote. It only takes a couple of minutes!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my business water supplier?
Unsure of who your water or wastewater supplier is? The first thing you should check is your latest water bill – this will tell you.
But what if you don’t have a bill or you’ve moved into new premises? Contact any water or wastewater supplier – they’ll be able to tell you who is responsible for providing both your water and wastewater services.
Can I change my business water supplier?
Absolutely. Deregulation has meant that any company with a water provider based in either England or Scotland or any business with a commercial focus (rather than a domestic focus) can make the switch.
In Wales, the rules are slightly different. Businesses, charities, and public sector companies can only switch if they use more than 50 million litres of water a year.
Do businesses pay VAT on water bills?
Most businesses don’t. However, this is dependent on the industry your business operates in. For example, if your business is involved in engineering, chemicals, manufacturing, construction, mining, textiles, or utilities, you’ll be charged VAT on your supply.
Are business water rates higher than domestic?
No, the rates themselves are actually cheaper, but it’s also important to remember that your business sector, the amount of water it uses, and your premises will all have an impact on how much you pay for your supply.
Your actual bill, however, is likely to be higher – because your company is likely to use far more water than a typical household.
Can a water company cut you off business?
If you’re switching? No, your business will continue to have its supply during the switching process. The only difference will be the company supplying your water.
However, if your business doesn’t pay its bills, it could be cut off. It’s important to get in touch with your supplier directly if you’re experiencing difficulties in paying your bill. This proactivity may see your supplier negotiate a repayment plan to help you through any difficult period.
How are business water rates calculated?
They’re calculated based on:
- A portable water metered rate, which is dependent on how much clean water your business uses. The more your supplied with, the more you can expect to pay.
- A portable water standing charge. You’ll also hear this referred to as a metering charge. It’s a fixed daily rate that goes towards maintaining the infrastructure that brings the water supply to your property.
- A wastewater metered rate. Your supplier will naturally assume that any water your business is supplied with will ultimately end up as wastewater. So, they’ll use your meter readings to determine how much to charge for wastewater services.
- A wastewater standing charge. Like the portable water standing charge, it’s a rate that goes towards maintaining sewerage systems.
- A surface water drainage rate. Your business will also be expected to pay for any rainwater that ends up your drainage system.
Business Energy Guides
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What is a letter of authority (LOA)?
Switching energy suppliers can be a headache for any business owner. If you’ve decided that you want to switch your business energy, or are in the process of doing so, then you might have come across the term ‘letter of authority’. So, what is a letter of authority? Our expert guide is here to help you understand.
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