March 15, 2018
Our sister company, Energylinx for Business, won the Sprint 100: Fastest Growing Small Business Award at the Business Insider's Scottish SME Awards ceremony.
The Scottish SME Awards recognise everything from profit share to highest climber as detailed by the Scottish Business Insider's SME 300 database collated in the September 2017 magazine edition. Now in their twelfth year, the glitzy awards ceremony was attended by businesses from all over Scotland.
Energylinx for Business was chosen for the "Sprint 100: Fastest Growing Small Business Award" award due to their rapid growth over a short period of time. An incredible honour and recognition that is well deserved!
Bruce Laird, Chief Operating Officer of Energylinx for Business said of the achievement:
"Energylinx for Business limited were delighted to receive the Sprint 100 award for the "Fastest Growing Small Business in Scotland" from Business Insider.
It is great to receive an award that gives our team the recognition they deserve for their hard efforts over the past 6 years. It was especially rewarding last night to receive this award on behalf of Energylinx for Business because the award was specifically targeted at companies working in the SME market sector.
The reason we started this business in 2012 was to help small business owners get fairer energy deals and we believed that the way to do that was to build a robust online energy comparison and switching solution similar to what was available in the Domestic Market. After 6 years of software development we believe we now offer the best in market solution for business energy comparison and switching which is the reason for our rapid growth. We are now looking forward to achieving further growth over the coming years."
It has been an exciting few months for Energylinx for Business as they have launched a new part of their online comparison service with a new website, Business Energy Online. This is the most advanced business energy comparison service available to SMEs today.
To find out more about the service Energylinx for Business can offer affiliates, brokers and energy suppliers visit their website.
Posted on March 15, 2018 at 03:42 PM
March 12, 2018
The latest switching figures from Energy UK show that over 660,000 customers transferred energy supplier in February - the highest monthly switching number every recorded and a 60% increase on February 2017.
With February being the shortest month, the record number means that nearly 24,000 households arranged an energy transfer every day last month. So far in 2018, over 1 million customers have switched energy suppliers.
Competition in the energy market continues to grow as more households choose to leave the "Big Six" energy suppliers to go to a small or mid-tier energy suppliers. They accounted for 130,000 (one fifth) of all energy transfers arranged throughout February.
Confidence in energy switching is also high with 9 in 10 customers happy with the process according to the Energy Switch Guarantee. The Guarantee, which now covers over 90% of the retail market, is a series of commitments to ensure switching is simple, speedy and safe.
Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK said:
"The energy market has never been so competitive and it's great to see record numbers of consumers engaging in the market to get a better deal.
"Customers can make big savings by joining the millions who've found a better deal - through either checking with your existing supplier or choosing from over 60 suppliers on the market. And with the Energy Switch Guarantee in place, consumers can be sure that the process will be simple, speedy and safe."
Energylinx offers a free and impartial switching service. You can arrange a transfer online or by calling one of our friendly energy advisors on 01259 220000.
Posted on March 12, 2018 at 12:12 PM
March 9, 2018
We spoke to Bruce just after it hit the virtual bookshelves to find out about what to expect from his new book.
What made you decide to write a book?
"After 30 years of being active in the energy industry in the UK and having studied energy from both an engineering and legislative aspect, I decided to embark on the challenge of putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard to be more exact). I was NOT convinced that carbon dioxide was causing Climate Change, and that using technology to solve a problem created as a result of using too much tech surely couldn't be the right solution.
I wanted to explain why I believe that the experts might have got it wrong when it comes to carbon emissions."
That is a bold statement...
"I know and I fully accept that I too could be completely wrong but what if I am right? What will happen if we don't change our focus on how we deal with climate change?"
What do you hope this book achieves?
"By reading my book I hope it will do two things. Firstly, I want to make your blood boil because someone could be so stupid to question the current thinking on Climate Change and push you to do more of your own investigations into the subject matter.
And secondly, I want to make you think that this guy has a point and there is perhaps another reason for Climate Change and encourage you to again look more closely at the subject matter and then hopefully take an alternative approach to addressing the problem".
Anything readers should know before purchasing the book?
"If you are easily offended by rude language or don't want to know when the world might end then don't read this book. If (like me) you have thick skin then you just might like this book but unfortunately there is no refunds if you don't! (laughs)
I hope the book helps provoke some more debate and perhaps more focused activity to help solve what is probably our biggest problem since the invention of toilet roll."
Posted on March 9, 2018 at 02:30 PM
March 5, 2018
From May 2018, energy suppliers will not be allowed to back-bill customers for gas and electricity that they have used more than 12 months previously.
Energy regulator, Ofgem, believes that accurate billing is an essential part of customer service and that large catch-up bills could cause stress and leave consumers struggling financially.
Ofgem said the typical back bill was £1,160 and in some (extreme) cases have exceeded £10,000. The regulator said it was aware of 10,000 complaints in a year regarding energy supplier's back-bill procedures.
Most billing problems come from issues with an energy supplier's billing system, or because the meter used is not correctly registered at the customer's address.
When this is the case, energy suppliers will estimate bills until they have an actual meter reading. If the estimate hasn't been high enough and the customer's consumption is higher than expected, then energy suppliers send a "catch-up" bill to recover the difference.
With smart meters being rolled out across the UK, suppliers will no longer need to rely on estimated bills and customers shouldn't receive catch-up bills.
Rob Salter-Church, Ofgem's interim senior partner for consumers and competition, said:
"Large catch-up bills can leave consumers struggling financially or even in debt to their supplier.
"Getting billing right is an essential part of customer service, and it's unfair that consumers should be left out of pocket when through no fault of their own they're issued with a shock bill from their supplier.
"So we're taking action and banning suppliers from issuing back-bills beyond 12 months, where it's not the customer's fault. This sends a strong message to suppliers to improve the accuracy of the bills they send to their custom."
Citizen Advice welcomed the decision. Victoria MacGregor, director of energy at Citizens Advice, said:
"We have long called for the changes announced today. The new rules will deliver better protections for households and small businesses across the country. No-one should face a massive unforeseen bill that goes back years when it is their supplier that is at fault.
"Previously we've seen evidence of suppliers trying to game the rules by blaming customers for billing errors, cases where suppliers have ignored their commitments entirely, and small businesses receiving unexpected bills running to tens of thousands of pounds."
Posted on March 5, 2018 at 12:02 PM