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Compare today’s business energy prices from leading UK suppliers, and save up to 45% on your business energy rates.
You can benefit from:
  • Free business energy quotes in minutes
  • Latest business energy rates
  • Comparison of the best energy supplier deals
  • Excellent customer support from specialists

Compare Business Energy Suppliers:

We offer a fully comprehensive service, finding you the best business gas and business electricity prices. We work with the top UK utility and energy suppliers to offer our customers the best utility prices.

Save up to 45% on business energy rates

Let Business Energy Comparison do all the legwork for you. We focus on finding those great rates that can save you money – whether you’re a large organisation, an SME or a micro-business.

Business Energy Quotes – in Minutes

Business energy prices are rising and it’s more important than ever to secure the best deal for your business energy suppliers for you and handle the entire switching process.
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Business Gas

Access live business gas prices in the market in a few simple steps. We can save you up to 45% on your business gas bills.

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Business Electricity

Let us help you significantly reduce your business electricity bills, we can get you the best business electricity quotes within the market.

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Comparing business energy prices and rates couldn’t be easier! We’re trusted by the UK’s leading energy suppliers, get your free business energy quote now.

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Business Water

Choosing a business water supplier can be complicated. We’re here to help you understand your water bill and compare water suppliers.

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.

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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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Renewable & Green

Are you looking at taking sustainable action and boosting your green credentials? Compare the most competitive green business energy quotes for your business.

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How do I compare business gas and electricity prices?

Start your journey towards savings in just a couple of minutes. Just follow these easy steps to make an energy comparison for your business:

01 Provide the address where your business energy is supplied

All that’s needed is the name and address of your business. Business Energy
Comparison will use industry-held data to identify your electricity and gas
meter numbers, the name of your current business energy supplier and your current usage.

02 You'll see the best energy prices for businesses

You’ll see quotes featuring the best energy prices for businesses based on
your requirements. From here you’ll get expert advice and guidance on the
details of individual business gas comparison and electricity tariffs and suppliers.

03 Make a stress-free switch - without any disruption

Worried that switching your business electricity and gas supplier will be too
time-consuming? Once you’ve agreed to your contract and you have your
switch date, you can simply sit, back and focus all your attention on running
your business. Business Energy Comparisons experts will manage your switch.

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Finding the best Business energy suppliers  – what to look for?

Are you reaching your renewal period? There are several things to look out for which can help you get the very best energy deal for your business. Firstly, it’s worth comparing your renewal rate against the other business gas tariffs and business electricity rates on the market. You might find an alternative supplier that offers a better, cheaper deal.

You’ll want to consider:
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Finally, it’s worth reviewing each business energy supplier TrustPilot reviews, getting a feel for the company, and seeing if it meets your standards.
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Which is the best business energy supplier for you?

Every business is different. Whether you own a coffee shop or a sports club – your requirements will differ when compared to another organisation. That’s why it’s important to compare business energy suppliers from across the market by getting multiple quotes.

  • Business Energy Comparison works with more than 27 of the UK’s best business energy suppliers. This list includes the household’s big six’ names, as well as smaller specialists dedicated to offering dual fuel tariffs for niche sector companies.
  • Where in the UK your business is located, your industry, the size of your organisation and how much energy it consumes per annum are all factors that determine which is the best business energy supplier for you.
  • There’s only one way to definitively find out, and that’s with a business energy suppliers comparison – get a quote and find a supplier today!

How much does business gas and electricity cost?

The lack of a business energy price cap means that prices are always prone to fluctuations. Other factors, such as your location, industry, tariff, and consumption will play a part.

It’s also important to remember commercial energy is slightly different to domestic supply. And while the supplier purchases the energy needed to cover the duration of your contract upfront, if you’re not on a fixed rate you could still be exposed to sudden hikes.

However, our chart provides a rough estimate of the average business energy prices for various businesses based on the current market conditions.

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Compare business energy prices and save up to 45%

Wondering whether switching your business energy supplier is too much hassle? Well, actually it’s really quite simple. You just need to follow a couple of easy steps, and it’ll only take a few minutes. If you opt to renew with your current supplier without comparing first, you could miss out on a saving of up to 45%. That’s a potential operational cost reduction of hundreds or thousands of pounds.

Here are just a few of the other many benefits you could enjoy when you compare business gas and business electricity rates:

  • Avoid being put on expensive out-of-contract or deemed contract rates.
  • Avoid being locked into a costly rollover tariff.
  • Access to your supplier’s more competitive renewal rates.
  • See the latest prices from trusted business energy suppliers.
  • See the best green energy tariffs currently available on the market.

The benefits when you compare business energy

Compare large business energy suppliers

It’s only natural that large corporate organisations consume more energy than those considerably smaller in size. So, as well as helping micro-businesses and SMEs compare business gas and business electricity prices to find the best deal, the tool also does the same for organisations with bigger energy needs. You’ll be able to find the best energy prices for businesses with more complex energy requirements.

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Why are energy prices rising?

Since the end of 2021, business energy prices have reached record highs – but why?

The reason for this is due to wholesale market conditions. Outside factors, such as political crises or natural disasters, can cause price instability and fluctuations.

Low energy reserves in the UK caused by cold winters and the pandemic, sharp increases in demand for energy elsewhere in the world, as well as the conflict in Ukraine have all contributed to a spike in energy costs at wholesale.

Business energy customers aren’t protected by a price cap like domestic energy customers either.

However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t an opportunity to save money by switching – there will always be deals for your business to take advantage of. And if you don’t, you can be sure your competitors will. So, why wait if you’re coming into your renewal period? Compare business energy prices today!

How much does business electricity cost?

It’s not a question that can be answered definitively – and that’s because every business is different. The cost of your bill is dependent on how much electricity your business uses. We’ve put together a useful table detailing average business electricity prices based on current market rates.

Business Size

Electricity Unit Price Per kWh

Electricity Daily Standing Charge

Annual Cost

Micro Business
26.6p
64.6p
£2,833 (based on annual usage of 10,000 kWh)
Small Business
25.6p
83.0p
£5,302 (based on annual usage of 20,000 kWh)
Medium Business
26.1p
65.5p
£10,637 (based on annual usage of 40,000 kWh)
Large Business
26.4p
68.5p
£14,548 (based on annual usage of 55,000 kWh)

Disclaimer: Due to volatility within the energy market, prices can change on an hourly basis meaning that the prices you’re quoted are different from the averages shown. Prices may also vary according to your meter type and business location. Updated January 2024.

What are the latest business gas rates?

How much should your business be spending on its annual gas supply – do you know? Don’t worry if you don’t. We’ve created the handy table below to help you get a rough idea of how much you might expect to spend on your commercial gas supply, based on the average annual consumption of similar-sized businesses.

Our table includes average business gas prices per kWh. However, it’s important to bear in mind that these rates may fluctuate. So, the prices you see in your quote may vary. We, as a business gas comparison website, are also unable to update live pricing here based on the needs of every individual business.

Business size

Gas Unit Price Per kWh

Gas Daily Standing Charge

Annual Cost

Micro Business
8.9p
33.9p
£920 (based on annual usage of 10,000kWh)
Small Business
8.5p
36.6p
£18,131 (based on annual usage of 22,500kWh)
Medium Business
8.3p
79.2p
£38,328 (based on annual usage of 47,500kWh)
Large Business
8.4p
55.7p
£52,200 (based on annual usage of 65,000kWh)

Disclaimer: Due to volatility within the energy market, prices can change on an hourly basis meaning that the prices you’re quoted are different from the averages shown. Prices may also vary according to your meter type and business location. Updated January 2024.

How to make additional business gas and electricity savings

01 Switch to green business energy sources:

Businesses that on a 100% renewable energy supply are exempt from paying the Climate Change Levy (CCL). This is a mandatory environmental tax paid for energy derived from non-renewable fuel sources. So, it may well pay to go
green.

02 Make an energy comparison for your business early:

Don’t leave it until after your contract has ended – you could end up locked into an expensive rollover or out-of-contact rate if you do. Instead, shop around roughly six months before your dual fuel tariff is about to end. This will give you plenty of time to make your business energy comparison.

03 Get your business signed up for a smart meter:

Want to know exactly how much power your business is consuming? A smart meter is the best option. It’ll help you monitor your business gas and electricity usage, as well as identify inefficiencies and opportunities for savings. And as it sends reading directly to your supplier, you don’t have to worry about inaccuracies or being overcharged.

Learn how your business could make more savings on its energy use, by
checking out our expert energy guides here.

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Find the best business energy deals and prices

Business Energy Comparison provides access to the latest commercial energy prices from almost all the top UK suppliers. So, when you compare deals, you’re seeing the most accurate and up-to-date prices. This makes it much easier to make informed decisions when it comes to switching.

Is there a cooling-off period for business energy contracts?

Yes, they are. But they’re not particularly common.

Commercial customers don’t have the same built-in protections domestic customers do – i.e., the 14-day cooling-off window. There are numerous reasons why they’re not widely available – primarily because of the way commercial supplies work, with suppliers purchasing all the energy needed to fulfil the duration of a contract upfront.

However, you can find them, but their scarcity only makes getting that comparison process right, so you end up with the right supplier even more important.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why compare business energy deals?

To save your business money! Every penny you can save on your business utilities will help you increase your bottom line. Making sure you’re getting the best deal for your organisation will help you do this – whether you’re a local takeaway or a national travel agent. If you don’t, you can guarantee your competitors will.

Why use Business Energy Comparison?

There are loads of business energy comparison sites in the UK. However, none of them understand the commercial energy sector quite like Business Energy Comparison does.

The quotes and advice aren’t ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions based on business size or industry. They’re specifically tailored to your exact requirements, as well as the short and long-term goals of your business, so you can see the benefits of switching in the here-and-now and well into the future.

Should I fix my energy prices until 2024?

The latest Cornwall Insight forecast, based on Ofgem’s new methodology, is an 81% price cap rise in October 2022, causing a typical energy bill to £3,582 a year and a further 19% in January 2023 to £4,266 a year! Find out here if you should fix your energy prices until 2024.

How long does it take to switch business energy suppliers?

Our energy experts handle the entire switching process for you. You’ll get the benefits of their expert knowledge, as they search the energy market to find the best energy tariff for your business.

Ready to switch your energy provider or have your electricity bills checked by an expert? Our energy experts are on here to help. Fill out our simple enquiry form to get started today!

Which energy suppliers have ceased trading?

Since the beginning of 2021, a substantial number of UK suppliers have gone out of business – with many of these suppliers offering both commercial and domestic energy tariffs.

Check out our list of suppliers that have ceased trading since the start of 2021.

What to consider when you compare business energy suppliers?

To find the best possible deal for your business, it’s important to look at the unit rate, the standing charge, the type of tariffs and the mix of fuel sources that generate your energy (i.e., coal, renewable, nuclear etc.).

You should consider the supplier’s reputation when it comes to customer service too. There’s no better way to gauge whether a supplier is going to be right for you than by seeing what other businesses have to say about them.

How much can I save if I compare business energy deals?

You could potentially save up to 45% by switching your commercial utilities supplier. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Why do I need an letter of authority (LOA)?

A letter of authority (or LOA) is a legal document that allows a third party, such as an energy broker, to correspond with other services, such as energy companies, on behalf of you and your business.

The LOA will outline and stipulate the tasks that the third party must undertake. It’s essentially a special permission slip that allows another person or party to speak to another business. Check out our letter of authority guide to find out more!

What's the difference between an MPAN and MPRN number?

When comparing the energy market for a better deal, you may be asked for your MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) and MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number).

We understand these technical terms can be confusing but within our guide we have included everything you need to know about MPAN and MPRN numbers.

What is a kilowatt hour?

Both electricity and gas are billed by kilowatt hours (kWh) as standard – with a kilowatt (kW) the unit of energy, and the kWh the amount of energy consumed per hour. Pretty simple, right?

There is some room for confusion, however. You may find that your gas meter records the amount of gas your business consumes in either cubic metres (m3) or cubic feet (ft3) – but you will almost always pay for these units in kWh.

What exactly impacts the price you pay though?

It’ll be down to the unit rate – the amount each individual unit you use is priced at. Its price will depend on numerous factors, including wholesale market conditions, where your business is located, its size and sector and how much energy it consumes.

You’ll also have to pay a standing charge – a flat daily billable rate that’s charged regardless of whether you use more energy than originally forecast or none at all. It’s paid throughout the duration of your contract and helps to cover the physical supply of your energy.

Fixed term tariffs

Many businesses favour fixed-term tariffs because they offer protection against sudden price rises. They offer a flat unit cost (a kWh rate) and a standing charge. And they’ll stay at that level throughout the duration of your contract. Your exact billed amount will, of course, depend on how much energy your business uses.

Variable rate tariffs

The opposite of fixed term rate, variable rate tariffs will change depending on wholesale market conditions. So, while you can be exposed to higher costs when the price of energy at wholesale rises, you can also benefit when it falls. These kinds of tariffs can make budgeting for energy costs a little more of a challenge.

Pass-through tariffs

Pass-through rates can be advantageous to businesses, but they can also present some risk. With them, you agree to some of your supply costs and charges upfront, with the remainder being variable for the duration of your contract. If costs fall, you can benefit. However, if they rise, you’ll face higher costs.

How much does commercial energy cost?

The cost of your business energy is dependent on a variety of factors including your energy consumption, business location, meter type, number of employees and much more.

The two factors you need to look at on your energy bill include:

  • Standing charge – This is a standard daily rate to cover the cost of getting the energy to your business premises and is charged regardless of whether you have or haven’t used gas and electricity.
  • Unit cost – This unit is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh), this is the total you are charged for each unit of gas and electricity you use.

To enquire about business energy costs, get in touch with our energy experts and start your business energy comparison today.

Who are the Big Six energy suppliers?

The “Big Six” energy suppliers are the six largest business energy companies in the UK, based on the number of customers they serve. These companies are:

  1. British Gas
  2. ON,
  3. Npower
  4. EDF Energy
  5. Scottish Power
  6. SSE

Since the deregulation of the energy market in the UK, there are now many more suppliers to choose from. However, the term “Big Six” is still commonly used to refer to these major suppliers. Business Energy Comparison work with these suppliers including many other leading UK energy suppliers to provide customers with the best energy prices.

What’s the difference between domestic and business energy?

Domestic energy refers to the energy used in households, while business energy refers to the energy used by businesses or commercial entities. There are several key differences between domestic and business energy:

  • Usage: The amount of energy used in households is generally lower than that used in businesses. This is because businesses typically have larger premises, and more equipment, and operate for longer hours.
  • Tariffs: The tariffs for domestic and business energy are different. Business energy tariffs are usually based on the amount of energy used and the time of day it is used, whereas domestic tariffs are usually based on a fixed rate per unit of energy used.
  • Metering: Business energy meters are usually more complex than domestic meters, as they need to measure energy usage for different parts of the business separately. This means that businesses may have multiple meters for different areas, such as lighting, heating, and machinery.
  • Energy efficiency: Businesses are often more focused on energy efficiency than households, as reducing energy usage can have a significant impact on their bottom line. They may invest in energy-efficient equipment, adopt energy-saving practices, and conduct regular audits to identify areas where they can save energy.

Overall, the main difference between domestic and business energy is the level of energy usage, which can have an impact on pricing, metering, and energy efficiency measures.

Are dual fuel business energy tariffs available?

Yes, dual fuel business energy tariffs are available for businesses that use both gas and electricity. These tariffs are like dual fuel tariffs for residential customers, and they allow businesses to purchase both gas and electricity from a single energy supplier. This is convenient for businesses, as it means they only must deal with one energy supplier and receive one bill for both their gas and electricity usage.

When choosing a dual fuel business energy tariff, it’s important to compare business energy prices and contract terms from different suppliers to find the best deal for your business. Factors to consider include the price per unit of gas and electricity, the length of the contract, and any additional fees or charges that may apply. It’s also important to ensure that the supplier you choose can meet the energy needs of your business and provide reliable service. Our energy experts are on hand to complete your entire switch to save you time and money.

How are commercial energy contracts calculated?

Commercial energy contracts are typically calculated based on several factors, including energy consumption, the type of energy being used, and the current energy prices. Here are some of the key factors that are typically considered:

  • Energy consumption: The first step in calculating a commercial energy contract is to determine how much energy a business is likely to consume over the contract period. This can be based on historical usage data or estimates of future usage, depending on the needs of the business.
  • Type of energy: The type of energy being used will also affect the cost of a commercial energy contract. For example, business electricity and natural gas are typically priced differently, and renewable energy sources may be more expensive than traditional fossil fuels.
  • Market conditions: The price of energy can fluctuate based on a range of market conditions, including supply and demand, geopolitical events, and weather patterns. Commercial energy contracts may include provisions that allow for price adjustments based on these factors.
  • Contract length: The length of a commercial energy contract can also affect the pricing. Longer contracts may offer lower rates, but they also lock businesses into a particular pricing structure for a longer period.
  • Other fees: Commercial energy contracts may also include additional fees, such as delivery fees, taxes, and regulatory charges. These should be considered when calculating the overall cost of a contract.

Overall, commercial energy contracts are complex and can vary depending on a range of factors. Businesses need to work with an experienced energy broker, like Business Energy Comparison, who can help you understand your options and choose the right contract for your business’s needs.

What is a standing charge?

A standing charge is a fixed fee that is charged by utility companies (such as electricity, gas, or water) for the provision of basic services, regardless of the amount of energy used. This charge is typically applied to cover the cost of maintaining the infrastructure and pipelines required to provide the energy, as well as additional costs such as invoicing and customer service.

In the case of energy bills, for example, the standing charge is typically applied on a daily or monthly basis and is added to the cost of the energy used (which is charged at a separate rate, usually measured in kilowatt-hours. The purpose of the standing charge is to ensure that the energy company can cover its fixed costs, regardless of the amount of energy used.

Will my business energy be disrupted when I switch?

Whilst switching your business gas and electricity supplier, the supply to your premises will not be disrupted.

The pipes and connections that supply your business energy will not be interrupted as they are owned and maintained by your area’s distribution company.

How do I find out when my energy contract ends?

If you are unsure of when your business energy contract comes to an end, there are many ways to find this out.

Firstly, you can find your contract end date on a recent bill or your original contract as well as your notice period in which you must tell your provider that you are switching energy suppliers.

Secondly, you can get in touch with your energy supplier by email or telephone, and they will be able to advise you on your contract end date.

Lastly, if you are classed as a micro business, you will receive a renewal letter at least three months before your contract is due to come to an end. Your renewal letter will also inform you of out-of-contract rates which are known to be expensive. If you are in your renewal period, get in touch with our energy experts today who will be able to secure a cheaper deal for your business.

What are the benefits of reducing energy consumption for your business?

Reducing energy consumption can have several benefits for a business, including:

  • Lower Energy Costs: One of the most significant benefits of reducing energy consumption is cost savings. By using less energy, businesses can reduce their utility bills and save money on operational costs.
  • Improved Efficiency: Energy-efficient technologies and practices can help businesses operate more efficiently, reducing the amount of energy needed to perform the same tasks. This can improve productivity, reduce downtime, and increase overall efficiency.
  • Environmental Benefits: Reducing energy consumption can help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner environment. This can help businesses improve their public image and attract environmentally-conscious customers.
  • Compliance: Many countries and regions have regulations and standards for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing energy consumption, businesses can comply with these regulations and avoid penalties.
  • Long-Term Savings: Investing in energy-efficient technologies and practices can provide long-term cost savings for businesses. While the initial investment may be higher, the savings from reduced energy consumption can be significant over time.

Overall, reducing energy consumption can provide significant benefits for businesses, including cost savings, improved efficiency, environmental benefits, compliance with regulations, and long-term savings.

Who supplies my business energy?

There are a few other ways to find out who your supplier is:

  • Check your latest bill – Your latest business energy bill will show the name of your current gas supplier, along with other information about your contract. This includes how much your unit rates and standing charges are, your account number, the name of the plan that you’re on, when it is due to renew, and a contact number to discuss your plan.
  • Check your emails – Most energy suppliers now offer paperless billing, which means your energy contract is handled online via email and your supplier’s website. If you can’t find a paper bill, it’s worth searching your emails.
  • Contact the local distribution company – You can contact the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 6081524 or use the Find My Supplier website. But before you do, you’ll need to find out what your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) is. This is a unique code that identifies your property and its gas supply. To find your MPRN, check on your meter for several between six and 10 digits. You’ll also be able to find your MPRN number on a gas bill, usually listed under ‘Details of charges’ and listed as ‘Meter Point Reference’.

What are multi-site energy meters?

If you have multiple sites for your business, or if your energy usage is so high that you need more than one meter, you might need to get multiple energy contracts. This can present its own problems for you and your business but Business Energy Comparison are here to help.

Check out our guide to multi-site energy meters to find out more.

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