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Make It Cheaper, the business price comparison and switching service, has launched a free 13 page guide for anyone looking to switch on to the cheapest rates for business electricity or business gas in 2010.

The ‘Independent Guide to Switching Business Energy Supplier’ is available as a printable download and includes advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that plague would-be switchers such as having their existing contacts automatically renewed. The Guide contains all the contact information for the main suppliers of business electricity and business gas, template letters and a pre-switch checklist to make certain that companies can gain access to all the available prices.

With over 11,000 different business gas and electricity tariffs - the difference between the cheapest and most expensive is threefold. The lowest business electricity rate currently available, by switching to a new supplier, is just over seven pence per unit, whilst typical renewal rates tend to be up to double that figure - with the highest rates imposed on those who are using their energy ‘out-of-contract’. The highest rate for business electricity recorded this year, for example, has been a punishing 32p per unit for a hotel in Scotland. Based on an average annual consumption of 30,000 units (kWh) for a small business, the typical costs would be:

• ‘Switching’ rates of 7.5p/unit = £2,250
• ‘Renewal’ rates of 11.5p/unit = £3,450
• ‘Out-of-contract’ rates of 16.5/unit = £4,950

Jonathan Elliott, managing director of Make It Cheaper, commented: “The proportion of people switching is much lower for businesses than for households, yet they have so much more to gain from doing so. Why? Suppliers automatically renew business contracts before the old ones expire and that catches a lot of people out. Our Guide, indeed the whole Make It Cheaper customer service team, is here to stop small businesses from falling into this trap. We’ve managed to switch 35,000 businesses on to cheaper rates this year and, with help from the new Guide, anticipate doubling that number in 2010.”

Make It Cheaper’s ‘Independent Guide to Switching Business Energy Supplier’ can be downloaded from or requested by calling 0800 970 0225 Monday to Fridays 8.30am – 6pm. Callers can also register their company for a free ‘Business Energy Contract Checking Report’, which investigates the earliest switching dates and the best rates available to each business premises.

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About Make It Cheaper: Established in 2007 and based in Central London, Make It Cheaper receives more utility price comparison enquiries (2,000 a week) and arranges more new contracts (1,000 a week) than any other business-only price comparison service. These enquiries include those from the business customers of most of the major domestic price comparison services as well as business membership organisations, charities and trade associations. Acting on behalf of these customers with total impartiality and without charge, Make It Cheaper offers cost savings across a range of products including electricity, gas, insurance and telecoms. The prices it offers are often better than could be found by going direct to suppliers because of the volume of deals its negotiates.

Further info: Nick Heath (Make It Cheaper) 020 7654 0730 /

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