British Gas meets BCTG

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We spoke with Nick Holland, finance officer at training provider BCTG, about how the business uses energy and the logistics of moving office.

1. Tell us about your business and what you do?

We’re a training provider which provides a wide range of apprenticeships throughout the country. This might be business admin, care, engineering etc. I’m the finance officer, and I manage all aspects of finance and payroll, along with other admin work.

2. How long has it been established?

We’ve been established for 15 years.

3. How important is energy to your business and what’s your main use of energy?

It’s very important as we have KPIs in the business to reduce our carbon footprint. Our main use is gas for the central heating.

4. How long have you been a British Gas Business customer and what products and services do you hold with us?

We’ve been with British Gas Business for 3 years. We have 2 sites and both have gas and electricity.

5. When did you relocate your business and what prompted that decision? How long after the decision was made, did you actually move?

A couple of years ago we decided we needed a bigger office. It took 8 months for the move to be completed as we were refurbishing the new building.

6. How did you find the relocation experience as a whole?

It went very smoothly, the new office was only round the corner so it didn’t take much to move.

7. Was there anything you found particularly hard to do?

We were concerned about moving all the computer equipment, but our IT partners helped us with that.

8. Specifically, how did you find moving your energy supply to your new premises?

It was really simple and straightforward to do. Just a few simple phone calls and emails to confirm.

9. Did you know what information you’d need to give us to set up your energy supply in your new premises? 

No, I thought we’d only need the address and name. I didn’t realise I’d need the lease agreements and meter details.

10. When did you tell us that you were moving?

Around 2 months before we actually moved, so that they could set things up.

11. What is the one bit of advice you’d give to other businesses planning to relocate to new premises?

Make sure you have all the information you need before calling.

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