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Get £500 to invest in one of our service products when you switch your business electricity to us

As a thank you for being with us at this difficult time, we're giving all our business customers up to £500 to invest in our service products.
So whether it's offsetting the cost of a new boiler, air conditioning, starting a new service contract or even installing an electric vehicle charging point at your workplace, we can help. Terms apply.

Why choose British Gas as your business electricity supplier?

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Most trusted business electricity supplier

  • We supply electricity to more UK businesses than any other provider
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Manage your business electricity online

  • Check your electricity usage, view and pay bills, submit meter readings and more in your own time
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Flexible business electricity plans

  • Choose fixed or variable rates, contract terms from 30 days to 3 years, and tailored deals for half-hourly meters - we have a plan to suit every business
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Save 7% off the cost of your business electricity

  • You could save 7% off the cost of your business electricity when you pay by Direct Debit ^
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Tailored prices for half-hourly metered businesses

We'll give you a tailored price based on when and how you use your business electricity, and we'll make the whole switching process quick and easy.

How business electricity pricing works

Business electricity prices and plans are calculated and set up differently to domestic ones.

The first thing to remember is that you don't have to use the same supplier for both your business electricity and gas supply – although you may be able to use this to secure a better price.

Business electricity unit prices may be cheaper than domestic ones because of the amount of electricity used, but most business customers pay a higher rate of VAT.

Business electricity rates are based on your business size and electricity consumption. It may be calculated on a fixed or a variable rate tariff and will be based on a unit rate per kWh.

If you have a half-hourly meter, we'll give you a tailored price based on when and how you use electricity.

OFGEM offer useful information on their website It's a helpful guide on how to talk to suppliers or third party intermediaries.

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Light bulbs hanging from  the ceiling in a business premises - business electricity prices, rates, suppliers

How business electricity pricing works

Business electricity prices and plans are calculated and set up differently to domestic ones.

The first thing to remember is that you don't have to use the same supplier for both your business electricity and gas supply – although you may be able to use this to secure a better price.

Business electricity unit prices may be cheaper than domestic ones because of the amount of energy used, but most business customers pay a higher rate of VAT.

Business electricity rates are based on your business size and electricity consumption. It may be calculated on a fixed or a variable rate tariff and will be based on a unit rate per kWh.

If you have a half-hourly meter, we'll give you a tailored price based on when and how you use electricity.

OFGEM offer useful information on their website It's a helpful guide on how to talk to suppliers or third party intermediaries.

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Compare business electricity prices and tariffs

You could save money by shopping around

You have a few options when searching for business electricity:

Thinking of moving to a green electricity tariff for your business?

If your business uses more than 150,000 kWh of electricity or gas, call us for a bespoke quote for green business energy today.

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Men carrying a solar panel - green energy for business

Thinking of moving to a green electricity tariff for your business?

If your business uses more than 150,000 kWh of electricity, call us for a bespoke quote for green business electricity today.

Switching your business electricity is easy

It's quick and easy to switch your business electricity supply to us. Once you accept our quote, the switch should be completed within three weeks. We'll manage the whole process for you.

FAQs about business electricity

Which is cheaper, business or domestic electricity?

A: Business electricity rates are based on your business size and electricity consumption. They may be cheaper than domestic rates because of the amount of electricity used, but most business customers pay a higher rate of VAT - typically 20% instead of 5% for domestic electricity. Businesses also pay the Climate Change Levy which is currently 0.811p/kWh for electricity.

How does business electricity pricing work?

A: The first thing to remember is that you don't have to use the same supplier for both your business electricity and gas supply - although you may be able to use this to secure a better price. Business electricity unit prices may be cheaper than domestic ones because of the amount of electricity used, but most business customers pay a higher rate of VAT. Business electricity rates are based on your business size and electricity consumption - it may be calculated on a fixed or a variable rate tariff and will be based on a unit rate per kWh.

What is the VAT rate on business electricity bills?

A: Most businesses are charged VAT at the current rate of 20% for business gas and electricity. You may be eligible to pay the lower, domestic VAT rate of 5% depending on the type of business you own and the way you use energy. Find out more about VAT for business energy and how to apply for a reduced VAT rate.

What is micro business electricity?

A: You're a micro business if:

  • You use less than 100,000 kWh of electricity a year, OR
  • You use less than 293,000 kWh of gas a year, OR
  • You have fewer than 10 employees (or their full-time equivalent) and your yearly turnover, or yearly balance sheet, is not more than two million Euros

If you're defined as a micro business, then we give you extra support with switching as set out by the energy regulator Ofgem. See help for micro businesses.

How do I compare business electricity suppliers and rates?

A: To start your comparison, it's useful to have to hand the amount of electricity you use a year in kWh and the date your current contract ends. Then you can:

  • Compare types of business electricity contract.
  • Use online comparison sites to compare business electricity rates
  • You could also choose to speak to a broker to help arrange your new contract

How to compare business energy suppliers

Why should I switch my business electricity to a new supplier?

A: Electricity rates are constantly changing, so you could save money by switching to a better deal when your existing contract is due for renewal. You can negotiate a new deal and make sure you're getting competitive business electricity rates up to 180 days in advance.

It's not always just about cost, though. You might choose to switch for better customer support, or a tariff that suits your needs, for example if you're half-hourly metered, or looking for a green electricity tariff to help meet government targets.

With no automatic rollover contracts or exit fees, it's easy to switch your business electricity to a new supplier if you've paid all your outstanding bills.

OFGEM offer useful information on their website It's a helpful guide on how to talk to suppliers or third party intermediaries.

What information do I need to switch business electricity supplier?

A: All the information you need to switch business electricity supplier can be found on your bill, including:

  • Current supplier's name
  • Tariff name and contract end date
  • Supply type
  • Details of how much electricity your business uses in kWh or by annual spend
  • MPAN or MPRN number is also useful

If you need help, see how to read your bill.

Do I need to tell my current business electricity supplier that I'm switching?

A: Yes, you'll need to provide at least 30 days' notice of your intention to leave your current business electricity supplier. To make sure your switch is as quick and smooth as possible, you should also:

  • Make sure you're not still in a contract
  • Provide a final meter reading, so your account can be settled, and a final bill generated
  • Make sure you've paid all your outstanding bills before you leave
Will my business electricity supply be disrupted if I switch supplier?

A: No, once you've accepted a quote for your business electricity, your new supplier will take care of the switching process and agree a date to take over supply with no disruption to your business or electricity supply.

What if I want to switch business electricity supplier, but I'm tied into an existing contract?

A: Read your terms and conditions with care as it's possible that you may not be able to switch contracts for a set period. Your contract may mean you have to pay a charge if you want to get out of it before the end date. So, check to make sure any savings you'd make aren't cancelled out by contract penalties.

See British Gas business terms and conditions

What are deemed rates?

A: If you move into new business premises and use electricity without agreeing a contract with the existing supplier, you'll be on what's called 'deemed rates'. Deemed rates are typically much higher than contracted rates, so you could save a lot of money by comparing prices and switching to a cheaper business electricity tariff.

Whilst on deemed rates, you have the right to switch at any time, but to make it easier, make sure you've paid any outstanding bills.

What do I need to do about my electricity supply if I'm moving to new business premises?

A: Follow these steps to help make your business move smoother:

1. If you're business electricity is supplied by British Gas business, let us know the day after you move into your new premises. Tell us you're moving

Other energy providers may ask for at least one month's notice of your planned moving date.

2. Take an electricity meter reading at both your old and new premises when you move.

3. Pay all outstanding bills to make switching easier

4. Compare business electricity prices and agree a contract when you move into your new premises to avoid paying higher 'deemed' rates

5. If you're moving into a new build, you may need to pay a connection charge.

 

Who supplies my business electricity?

A: Ask the letting agent, landlord or previous tenant who supplies the electricity to your premises. If you can't contact them, you can use the Energy Networks Association postcode search tool to find out the name of your network operator and their telephone number. Your network operator will be able to tell you who supplies your electricity.

If the previous tenant of your premises has called the electricity supplier to let them know they're moving, the energy supplier may send you a letter addressed to 'The Occupier'. This letter will provide any details you need about your gas and electricity or dual fuel supplier.

Can I switch business electricity if I have more than one electricity meter at my premises?

A: Yes, you can have separate contracts for each of your business electricity meters. But you may find it quicker and easier to manage all your electricity contracts in one place through an online energy account

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I need a new business electricity meter. How do I get an electricity connection or meter upgrade?

A: If you're moving, renovating or expanding your commercial premises, we can arrange your meter installation and electricity supply quickly and easily. Our experienced engineers install all types of meters, including smart meters and half-hourly meters for small and large businesses. Just contact us for a quote.

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What is green business electricity?

A: Green electricity comes from natural, renewable sources like sunlight, wind, rain, plants and geothermal heat – unlike fossil fuels like coal and oil which are diminishing and contribute to global warming. If you're thinking of moving to a green electricity tariff, and your business uses more than 150,000 kWh a year, we can help.

Get a bespoke quote for green business electricity

I have solar panels; can I get a business feed-in tariff?

A: The Feed-In Tariff (FiT) scheme ended to new applicants on 1st April 2019. If you're already registered for FiT, this won't affect you and you'll continue to receive FiT your payments.

You can apply for an existing British Gas Feed-in Tariff to be registered in your name or to switch your FiT payments to British Gas from another FiT Licensee. See our Feed-in Tariff page for more information

If you're not already registered for FiT, but you have installed renewable or low carbon technology, you may be able to apply for the Smart Export Guarantee.

What is a smart meter and how do I get one?

A: Smart meters can help you save time by submitting automated meter readings and help you manage your energy costs to get more accurate energy bills.

Learn more about smart meters for business

What is a kilowatt hour (kWh)?

A: The unit of measurement for electrical energy, equivalent to the power of one kilowatt operating for one hour. A bill from your energy supplier will show your usage in kWh. To calculate your annual consumption, multiply the figure by 12.

How are you supporting your business customers and employees through COVID-19?

A: Looking after our customers and employees during the coronavirus outbreak is our top priority - see our dedicated page and frequently asked questions for more information.

Coronavirus update and FAQs

[1] This offer expires 31st December 2020 and can be used for a new service purchase or agreement only. Available to existing and new energy customers. It can only be redeemed against a single purchase. The maximum redeemable credit is 25% of the purchase price or £500, whichever is the lower value. We reserve the right to hold, void, suspend, cancel, extend, amend or modify this promotion at any time without giving notice or reasons. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

^This will be shown as a discount line on your bill. Large customers on our Corporate terms, customers who move to our variable prices or whose variable prices have changed and those we've price matched do not qualify for a Direct Debit discount. Customers who are already in a fixed term contract on or before 17 May 2017 could save up to 6%

* We may record calls to help improve our service to you. Calls to 0800 numbers are free from mobiles and landlines. Calls to 0330 / 0333 numbers will cost you no more than 01 or 02 numbers from landlines and mobiles and may be included with your call package if you get 'inclusive minutes'. Text messages are charged at your standard message rate and may be included in your call package.