Commercial Energy Market Switching Statistics

The majority UK businesses are simply not aware that the energy market is competitive, and they could save money by switching supplier. Industry highlights of the latest market research statistics are shown below.

Guide to switching
Why companies switch
Reasons for staying
How prices are researched
Current knowledge

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Market Research Highlights

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Automatic Contract Renewals

61% of UK organisations are at risk of paying more for their electricity due to automatic renewal of their contracts. Companies do not necessarily realise that switching suppliers can save them money; sometimes a discount of 75% on their rollover rates.

Fewer Businesses Are Actively Managing Their Tariffs

In the last quarter, there was a reduction of 20% of businesses switching with fewer businesses planning to switch. Of those that are switching, 33% were micro businesses, 41% were small businesses, and 58% medium sized businesses.

Limited Competition

A total of 43% of all companies believes there is no competition in the marketplace. These organisations are missing out on total potential savings of £1.8 billion if they moved to the cheapest tariffs.

The Reasons for Change

Most companies switch to lower their energy bills (24%) while 15% are looking to lower their unit rates, 10% standing charges and 9% because they’re at the end of their contract.

The Reasons to Stay

Companies don’t switch for a variety of reasons. A third say they’re satisfied with their current agreement, 31% because they’ve locked into a long-term contract, and 25% because the current price is acceptable. Finally, 17% stay put because it’s “too much hassle” to switch.

Limited Knowledge

Unfortunately, many organisations are unaware of their current agreements. 26% don’t know how much they pay, 24% don’t know their consumption data, and 11% don’t know when their contract ends. Worryingly, 23% didn’t know they needed to terminate their contract before switching.

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