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Electricity for Small Businesses

This guide, originally called "Electricity and Your Business" was been written by Nick Grogan, Director of Energy Solutions. The goal is to help small businesses find the cheapest electricity and gas contracts and save them money.

Every week I talk to companies who want to reduce their energy costs and are looking for a quick and simple way to do so. Unfortunately there are many companies, websites and guides out there that make it increasingly difficult for small businesses to get the prices. There are suppliers who complicate the issue as well, offering different rates to existing customers and to those who call rather than use the website.

I would like to help your business with its electricity and gas contracts, and I hope having read this guide, that at least you will be in a position to make sure that you have the choice on who supplies your electricity and what you pay for it.

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Electricity and Your Business (Kindle Edition)

Industrial and Commercial Energy Procurement

Most gas and electricity contracts are still agreed through the traditional annual or biennial tender route, with the majority taking place in October and April. However this option is not without its own significant risks. If you end up going to market when prices are highest, your business could find itself paying 30-40% more than a competitor that arranges it’s tender at a different time. As the cost of energy frequently represents one of the most significant areas of expenditure, the case for analysing all available purchasing options is clear.

This guide has been designed to give you:

It also explains in detail the main procurement options available to you and explains how each of these options defines the likely price outcomes. For each option, the benefits and risks are clearly explained. Every business will have a different risk tolerance, and so are encouraged to consider the risks and draw up strategies to minimise them while at the same time ensuring that the potential benefits are maximized.

Industrial and Commercial Energy Procurement (Kindle Edition)

New Connections - Obtaining a new electricity supply

This guide is intended for companies, large and small, who wish to arrange a new electricity supply connection for your business. It needn't’t be difficult, and if you follow as these steps it won't be. That’s why we’ve created a simple guide to managing new connections, which you can download to help you understand your role in the process.

Progressing from your first supply request to finally receiving your first electricity bill can be complicated if you don’t follow the correct steps.

This easy to follow guide is designed to help you understand the roles and responsibilities of each party in the process including your own.

Read on to find out how to you need to start, who you need to contact and importantly who does what.

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Enhanced Capital Allowances

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) energy scheme provides tax allowances for energy saving products.

The scheme offers a 100 per cent first-year allowance for investments in certain energy saving plant and machinery. If you buy equipment that qualifies, you can write off - i.e. deduct - 100 per cent of the cost against that year's taxable profits. This could save you a lot of money, as well as reduce your business' energy use, carbon footprint and climate change levy payments.

The ECA energy scheme supports a variety of energy saving technologies - such as energy efficient boilers, lighting, refrigeration equipment, and metering and monitoring systems. This guide explains how the scheme works, what energy saving products qualify, and how to claim an allowance.