Switching business energy suppliers

Switching your business energy supplier is quick and easy

4 steps to switch to British Gas business

Step 1 of Switching your business energy supplier - Get a quote for business electricity & gas - icon with £ sign

Get a quote

Step 2 of Switching your business energy supplier - Review your new contract - laptop icon

Review your new contract

Step 3 of Switching your business energy supplier - We'll process your switch - two speech bubbles

We'll process your switch

Step 4 of Switching your business energy supplier - Give us a meter reading - meter icon

Give us a meter reading

Step 1. Call us for a competitive quote for your business electric and gas supply.

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Step 2. Once you've agreed a quote with us and want to switch to us as your business energy supplier, we'll send you a contract pack. You don't need to do anything with this; it's just for your reference.

Step 3. We will process your switch and contact your existing supplier for you. There's usually little for you to do if:

  • You're all paid up
  • You're not tied into your existing contract
  • You've allowed for your notice period

How long does it take to switch to British Gas business?

It usually takes around three weeks to change to British Gas business. We'll keep you informed of the progress and your switch will be completed on an agreed date. There'll be no disruption to your business or its energy supply.

Step 4. Before we switch your supply, you'll need to give us a meter reading. You can do this via your online account. Remember, we'll still need this even if your existing supplier installed a smart meter as currently they can't send data to other suppliers.

Why switch your business electricity and gas?

Carrying out a regular business energy switch will help to ensure your business:

  • Gets a better business energy deal
  • Is paying the most competitive business energy rates
  • Keeps costs low

Do you spend over £300,000 on business energy?

Get a tailored quote

Large businesses have particular needs when it comes to their energy contracts – and we have the experience and expertise to help.

Moving in to business premises supplied by British Gas?

Our dedicated business movers team are here to help

Thinking of leaving British Gas business?

We're sorry you're thinking of leaving. There's a few things to do to make sure your business electricity or gas supply account is ready to switch.

Help when switching business energy supplier

Advice on switching business energy supplier from OFGEM.

Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice when switching your small business to a new energy supplier.

Frequently asked questions

What happens once I switch to British Gas business?

A: When you've agreed to switch your energy supply to us, this is the usual process we follow. We will:

  • Perform a credit check for you and your business
  • Contact your existing supplier and let them know we're taking over your supply on the date we've agreed with you
  • Send out an order confirmation pack. This will contain your contract with us, and details such as your account number, the price of your energy and other important information relating to your new supply
How long will my switch take?

A: If you're at the end of your contract and not in debt to your current supplier, we'll complete your switch to us within 21 days. There'll be no disruption to your energy supply, during that 21 day period, you'll be using energy supplied by your current supplier - so they'll send you a final bill, when the switch is complete. We'll keep you informed of the progress and your switch will be completed on an agreed date.

Why is my current supplier objecting to my switch?

A: Your current supplier may object to your switch if you have any outstanding balance left on your account or if you haven't given them notice to you leaving. If this happens, you'll need to speak to your current supplier as soon as possible to resolve the objection, otherwise your switch may be cancelled.

I've just switched to British Gas business, do I need to do anything?

A: To help ensure your switch to us goes smoothly, you'll need to:

  • Give notice to your current supplier, and pay any outstanding bills
  • Check all the contract details are correct
  • Submit an opening meter reading within five days of your supply starting so that we can send you a correct first bill.

We also suggest you register for an online account with us as soon as you can, as it makes managing your energy account with us easier. You'll need the account number in your order confirmation pack. Once you've registered, you'll be able to check the status of your switch.

Can I switch business energy supplier before my contract ends?

A: Yes you can switch your energy supplier at any time, but you may be charged an exit fee by your current supplier. If you find a cheaper business energy plan to switch to, make sure you include any fees your current supplier will charge you for ending your contract early. Usually, it’s cheaper to wait for your current business energy contract to end before switching. If you do decide to switch, you'll need to give your current supplier notice, otherwise they may object.

Should I switch to a fixed energy tariff?

A: A fixed price energy tariff means that the unit price for gas and electricity won’t change for the duration of the plan.  You’ll usually be tied in for at least a year and will pay fees if you want to exit the fixed deal early. A fixed price plan will give you some peace-of-mind that the amount you pay for each unit of gas or electricity you use won’t increase during the term of your energy contract.

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