Who are Bionic’s business energy suppliers?

Les Roberts, Senior Content Manager at Bionic
By Les Roberts, Senior Content Manager

At Bionic, we understand that every business is unique and has different needs when it comes to gas and electricity contracts - even two businesses that appear similar on the surface can have very different energy demands once you dig a little deeper.

This means that the best energy supplier for one business might not quite fit the bill for another, and the best energy suppliers for small businesses might not be able to handle the demands of energy-intensive, high-consumption companies.

That’s why we arm all of our tech-enabled experts with the latest smart data and compare deals from a panel of trusted business energy suppliers -  we want to make sure your business gets a reliable supply and great service alongside the best gas and electricity rates.

Here’s more on Bionic’s business energy suppliers.

Why does Bionic work with a panel of gas and electric suppliers for business?

Although saving money is often the main motivation when switching business energy, it’s important to find a reliable provider who can meet the needs and demands of your business. That’s why we work with a panel of trusted suppliers who can offer the complete package of excellent service, supply and rates.

And by working closely with these suppliers, we can even negotiate exclusive rates on behalf of your business. This means we can find great deals whether you’re comparing small business energy suppliers or industrial energy suppliers - no business is too large or small for our team of tech-enabled experts.

Who are the best energy suppliers for business?

We believe the best commercial energy suppliers are the ones we have on our panel, which range from ‘big six’ providers to smaller independent and specialist suppliers. 

When you compare business electricity and gas deals with Bionic, we’ll look at what’s on offer from the following suppliers and many more, depending on the size, circumstances and needs of your business:

  • BG Lite – Part of the Centrica family, the parent company of British Gas, BG Lite is a fixed-price gas and electricity service for small businesses. Low prices, online account management and an electricity smart meter at no extra cost are all features of this plan. Learn more in our British Gas reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • BG Plus – A Centrica brand, BG Plus offers fixed-price electricity deals for high-consumption and large businesses that use half-hourly metering. This plan allows instant access to your meter consumption data to help forecast and manage your business energy bills. Learn more in our British Gas reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • BG Core – Part of Centrica, the UK’s biggest energy company, BG Core could be a good option if you prefer an account that’s not managed online, as it comes with paper billing or e-billing, along with a dedicated phone line for customer services. Learn more in our British Gas reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • Crown - The energy and utility division of Crown Oil Group, Crown Energy has more than 25 years of experience in the installation and connection of gas, electricity, and water to homes, businesses, the public sector and the construction industry. Potentially a good option if you want all your business utilities provided by the same supplier.  Crown is also one of the few suppliers offering ‘green gas’ as either 100%, 50% or 25%  biomethane. This is generally only available to large businesses, so might not be available to you if you run an SME. Learn more in our Crown reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • EDF Energy - Another of the ‘big six’ and one of the largest UK business energy suppliers, EDF has the capacity to serve businesses of all sizes, as well as those that operate across a number of locations and need multi-site metering. Learn more in our EDF Energy reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • Opus Energy - Another big name in business energy, Opus Energy supplies gas and electricity to businesses across the UK. Its electricity supply is generated from renewable sources including wind, solar, hydro, and anaerobic digestion generators, and Opus also provides support to develop energy-generating sites. Learn more in our Opus Energy reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • SSE - One of the big six domestic and business energy suppliers, SSE offers easy-to-manage business energy deals for SMEs and sole traders alongside large business energy solutions, including energy management for the public sector, corporates and consortiums. Learn more in our SSE reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • ScottishPower - Another of the UK’s big six energy suppliers, ScottishPower offers energy deals for businesses of all sizes and promotes online account management, either via an online portal or smartphone app, along with automated meter reading to help your business save both time and money. Learn more in our ScottishPower reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • TotalEnergies - With more than 30 years of industry experience, TotalEnergies is part of Total, one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies and a major player in low-carbon energies. It currently supplies more than 200,000 sites across the UK and offers products to meet the demands of your business, whether large or small. Learn more in our TotalEnergies reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • Valda Energy - A newcomer to the market, Valda Energy specialises in business energy for small to medium-sized companies (SMEs). Valda Energy is also a keen adopter of sustainability and renewable energy, which it buys from independent energy producers across Great Britain who generate energy using solar, hydro, wind and anaerobic digestion. Learn more in our Valda Energy reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.
  • YÜ Energy - One of the newest business energy suppliers on the market, YÜ Energy is a specialist in small business utilities. It aims to offer competitively priced energy deals that are tailored to the needs of your business, along with lightning-quick customer service. Learn more in our YÜ Energy reviews, prices, and tariffs guide.

If you operate a large, energy-intensive business, we can also compare rates from the following suppliers - give our energy experts a call on 0800 787 0067 for more information:

  • Engie
  • Eon
  • Haven
  • Hudson
  • Smartest
  • Npower
  • Orsted
  • Corona
  • Squeaky

What types of contracts do business energy suppliers offer?

Most business energy suppliers offer fixed contracts that lock in the unit rate for a specified amount of time. Here are the contract durations most commonly offered by our panel of suppliers:

SupplierContract typeTerm
British GasFixed1-3 years
BG LiteFixed1-5 years
British Gas PlusFixed1-3 years
CrownFixed1-3 years
EDFFixed1-4 years
Opus EnergyFixed1-4 years
Scottish PowerFixed1-3 years
Smartest EnergyFixed1-3 years
SSEFixed1-3 years
TotalEnergiesFixed1-5 years
Valda EnergyFixed1-3 years
Yü EnergyFixed1-3 year

The type of deal will also depend upon the needs and circumstances of your business, so you might be offered one of the following tariffs: 

  • Blend and extend
  • Flex approach
  • Pass through
  • Multi-site

For more information, check out our guide to business gas and electricity tariffs.  

What is a good rate for business energy?

The current uncertainty and volatility in the energy market make it almost impossible to say what makes a good rate for business gas and electricity. And with no price cap on business energy, suppliers can charge commercial customers as much as they need to, to reflect the rise in wholesale prices. 

Suppliers increased their out-of-contract rates (the rates you're switched to if you don't sign up for a new deal before your current one expires) by 100% between August 2021 and April 2022.

That's why it's important to compare energy suppliers to find a deal that suits your business. To get an idea of how much rates were before the energy crisis, check out our guide to average business energy consumption.

And to find out why prices are currently so volatile, our blog explains all you need to know about rising energy prices.  

Who is the cheapest business energy supplier in the UK?

Energy prices are constantly changing and suppliers are always in competition with each other to provide the best rates to win your business. But switching suppliers isn't all about price, it's also about the quality and reliability of service.

That's why we only work with a panel of suppliers who we know can offer great service alongside competitive rates. And if your energy supplier was to go bust, being signed up to our Digital Renewal service means we can look for a better-priced replacement to save you being put onto out-of-contract rates with an Ofgem-appointed supplier.

Why compare business energy suppliers?

The type of business you run has a big impact on the amount of energy you use and the rates you pay for gas and electricity. But it’s not the only thing you need to consider, as being on an unsuitable energy deal can see you unnecessarily throwing away hundreds of pounds a year.

If you’ve never run a business energy comparison or you’ve let an existing contract run down, your supplier will have placed you on its more expensive out-of-contract rates. If you’ve moved into new premises without arranging an energy deal, your supplier will put you on deemed rates, which will be among its most expensive. In either case, comparing business energy suppliers and switching to a better deal is the only way to make sure you're not overpaying for your power.

The tech-enabled experts at Bionic can find the right energy deal for you, whether you’re looking to compare cheap business electricity suppliers, the cheapest business gas suppliers, or want to move to a supplier that offers a better level of service.

Should you switch to a smaller business energy supplier?

When you switch business energy suppliers, you’ll need to decide whether you want to go with one of the long-established big six suppliers or opt for a challenger brand that might be relatively new to the industry.

But don’t let the supplier name put you off as the key to choosing which supplier to go with is whether or not the deal on offer meets your needs and expectations. And don’t assume a larger supplier will offer better levels of customer service, as some of the less well-known providers have better customer satisfaction scores than the big six.

Remember, although the cost is important, you also need to consider the suitability of the supplier when you switch business gas suppliers or compare business electricity suppliers in the UK - suppliers provide bespoke deals depending upon the size and needs of your business, with different contract terms and levels of service. This means that while one supplier might be ideal for a small cafe, it might not be equipped to meet the needs of an industrial manufacturing unit.

This is why it pays to switch business energy with Bionic - we only work with trusted suppliers and our tech-enabled experts will use smart data and all their knowledge to make sure you’re on exactly the right type of energy deal with a suitable supplier.

Is business energy cheaper than domestic?

Although commercial energy rates are usually cheaper than domestic rates, business energy bills can still work out more expensive once the higher rate of VAT and other charges are factored in. Most businesses pay 20% VAT on energy, although a discounted 5% rate is available in certain circumstances.

How to run a business energy suppliers comparison with Bionic

To start a business energy comparison and switch to one of Bionic’s trusted panel of suppliers, just give us your postcode and our tech-enabled experts will use smart data to find an energy deal that suits the unique needs of your business.

We’ll then show you the deals on offer, you just then need to let us know which one you prefer and we’ll take care of the rest - letting your old and new suppliers about the switch to make sure the whole thing runs smoothly, on time and with no disruption.

We’ll even keep an eye on your contract's end dates to make sure you’re never rolled on to your supplier’s more expensive standard rates. To become a Bionic business, just go to Bionic.co.uk and give us your business name and postcode or give us a call on 0800 970 0077.