On this website, in our marketing, and on our calls we use some claims and statistics to explain our service, how it can be useful for businesses, and how we think it is different and better than our competitors. On this page we transparently share how we back-up those claims.
We do that by offering a service that helps small business decision makers choose a provider and product that meets their needs, and by providing access to exclusive prices from a vetted panel of high quality suppliers.
We are independently owned and our supplier arrangements are designed to ensure that we provide independent access to products.
For standard energy contracts our agents will tell you the commission band that your new contract would fall within. If you want to know the exact commission we would earn from your new contract, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply within 24 hours. On larger and more complex energy contracts our agents will discuss the exact commission with you.
The commission we receive from providers is included in the price you pay. This pays for our service, including comparison, switch management, customer service and renewals.
In October 2019 we employed 196 customer-facing product experts across Bionic Group (including our Smart, Think and BSI units)
Since our business started in 2007 (when it was called Make It Cheaper) we have helped 179,000 businesses. Our BSI unit has helped over 23,000 businesses, Smart have helped over 6,700 businesses, and Think have helped over 2,500 businesses - over 211,000 in total.
We have invested heavily in technology to make our agents Bionic, including a new Salesforce-based business platform, and our ‘hybrid’ customer experience that combines the speed and convenience of digital with the clarity and trust of voice.
As energy can be a significant cost for businesses, it is important to look for the best market prices every time your contract is up for renewal. Going direct to several providers can take significant time, but business energy comparison websites can leave you with unanswered questions. Our experts will understand your needs, and then use smart-tech to find a shortlist of deals for you to consider, in minutes, with no faff.
We think business essentials are those products that you just need to work to keep operating. We already offer electricity, gas, insurance, broadband, phone line, SIM only mobile and loans, and we’re working on others.
If customers sign-up to our ‘DIFY’ (Do It For You) service, we will proactively switch them to a new contract at renewal time, meaning they’ll never overpay by rolling onto a less competitive renewal quote.
Based on a 6 month rolling average from May to October 2019
Before any energy supplier can join our panel,they are vetted by an 8 stage process, that covers everything from financials to customer centricity. This ensures we only work with energy providers that can offer our customers high quality products and services time and time again.
We work with 'big 6' energy suppliers, specialist business energy suppliers, and innovative new business energy suppliers, providing a choice of high quality options.
We have close relationships with our panel of energy providers and are constantly working with them to develop new products and exclusive deals that mean we have right offers for our customers.
According to a report by energy industry analyst Cornwall Insight (Third Party Intermediaries in the Business & Industrial Energy Supply Markets: SME TPI profiles) from November 2019, Make it Cheaper (Bionic's old name) are equal first in the industry, based on a methodology that includes contracts, employees, shareholder funds and revenues.
With your consent, we’ll search industry data from Electralink to retrieve your electricity or gas meter number, supplier and consumption, so you don’t have to find a bill, search for the relevant details, and type them into a form.
In November 2019, customers using our new screenshare call experience saw a quote in 4-5 minutes.
We have a dedicated customer service team of 11 experts (called ‘Live Rate’) whose job is to manage our customers’ switch to a new supplier and keep them informed.
Of Bionic customers who made a saving on a business energy contract between August 2018 and August 2019, the saving was on average £725.
At least 10% of Bionic customers who made a saving on their business electricity and gas contracts between August 2018 and August 2019 saved on average £2,144.
According to independent energy industry analysts Cornwall Insight, energy prices have increased by over 35% in the past 4 years. A large part of that increase is due to third party costs such as the Renewables Obligation, regeneration and FIT (Feed In Tariff) charges which make up to 60% of your bill.
Locking in prices means you know what your business costs will be, which helps with planning. It reduces hassle, as you don’t have to go to market again soon. And, if you lock-in nice and early before your current contract expires, you’re more likely to go live with your chosen new supplier.
Our experts are incentivised and trained to work hard to understand your needs and find you the right provider and product to meet them. You can trust our processes because of our rigorous training program and our experts’ professional qualifications. We were shortlisted for the Insurance Times Awards’ ‘Excellence in Professional Development’ category in 2019.
Our panel of trusted insurers and providers are vetted through our internal compliance team and our broking partner Bluefin who run diligence checks on FCA regulation, Companies House and financial stability.
We assisted 1,018 ABI (Association Business Insurers) trade types with insurance since 2017.
With over 40 insurers on our panel you can be confident we are working hard to match you with the right provider and policy for you
We charge one flat fee to arrange a policy with us. We don’t charge cancellation fees or policy change fees.
It takes our agents on average 20 minutes on a call with you to get a quote, with no need for meetings or long waits.
Of Bionic customers who made a saving on insurance between April - November 2019, the saving was on average £264.
At least 10% of businesses who switched insurance supplier with us between September 2018 and September 2019 saved £1335.47 or more.
We have dedicated and specialist telecoms agents (not an energy agent selling you broadband). We regularly meet with connectivity suppliers to explore new technology.
We vet potential suppliers against defined criteria around the quality of their products and customer service. We trial new suppliers on a 3 month basis, and if their service is not up to scratch we will remove them from the panel.
We offer unlimited broadband, unlimited calls and unlimited mobile data options, so you never have to worry about unexpected charges ever again. We also offer a lifetime price guarantee with selected suppliers (except where wholesale line rental or call charges are increased by third parties such as Ofcom or Openreach).
We don’t just offer the basics of phone line and broadband, but extra products to meet your needs e.g. customer Wi-Fi.
Of Bionic customers who made a saving on broadband or phone line between October - November 2019, the saving was on average £228.
Since 2007 Bionic (previously called Make It Cheaper) have helped over 200,000 businesses in Britain save up to £2,144 on their business energy, up to £1,335.47 on their insurance costs, and on average £352 on their telecoms bills
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