Challenging the norm; being disruptive; doing things differently – all well-worn clichÃ©s in the business world. But at Bristol Energy, we believe in living up to it.
We are one of the UK’s first municipal energy companies. Wholly owned by Bristol City Council, we were set up to offer both our domestic and business customers straightforward and fairly-priced gas and electricity. And we will reinvest our profits back into our founding city.
In a market of more than 40 energy suppliers, we are proud to be doing things differently. For Bristol City Council, we will provide an alternative income at a time when all Councils need to be innovative in how they raise money. For our customers, it’s a way to pay a necessary bill and make a positive difference at the same time.
It’s a changing market
As a smaller supplier, we’re excited to see the market changing. For far too long the larger companies have had a majority share of the market, but thanks to strong offers from the many new independents, 50% of all domestic switches between January and October 2016 were to smaller suppliers. And we are keen to see the same shift in the business sector too.
So why switch your business to Bristol Energy?
We know that large energy bills can break small businesses. Recent research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests that half (52%) of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years. And out of contract rates can be as much as 60% higher than negotiated rates.
By keeping our prices competitive and offering fully fixed contracts (no hidden pass through charges), we can protect our smaller business customers from the vulnerabilities in the energy market, provide cost certainty, and help to support local UK communities too.
Building a business community for social good
We also want to build a community of business customers who feel proud to be with us. By choosing Bristol Energy you can help us work with partners like Caring in Bristol, a small, effective and local charity that looks after homeless and vulnerable people in our founding city.
And support us in our mission to tackle fuel poverty in the city too. Affecting more than 4 million households, it’s a recognised risk factor for health and exacerbates the strain on the NHS during cold months. Our Warm Homes Plus tariff is helping the people who need it most to pay less for their energy.
Don’t just take our word for itâ€¦
Our energy is already powering the UK’s first modern slavery helpline. And a broad range of businesses from supermarkets to churches, opticians to city farms.
Local charity Emmaus recently told us: “As a charity we have to make sure our money is spent in the most efficient and ethical way possible. By switching to Bristol Energy we are saving money and freeing up more funds to support the ex-homeless people we work with. Buying from a company that reinvests its profits back into the city means that the money we spend on energy goes to improving the lives of others in need, deepening the impact of our own work.”
So make 2017 the year you switch. And by joining Bristol Energy you can give something back to local communities in the UK too.
If you’re interested in finding out what Bristol Energy can offer your business, please contact the Lumina team today