British Gas Business reviews, prices and tariffs
British Gas Business is one of the UK's biggest suppliers of commercial gas and electricity. It provides power to companies of all sizes, from micro businesses to large and industrial businesses. At Bionic, we have three British Gas brands on our panel – British Gas Business, British Gas Plus, and BG Lite.
Who is British Gas Business?
British Gas is the UK’s biggest energy company, supplying gas and electricity to around 11 million households and more than 350,000 businesses. It’s also the UK’s oldest energy supplier, having been founded as The Gas Light and Coke Company in 1812. This was the world's first public utility company.
British Gas became a private company following the deregulation of the UK energy market in 1989. Its parent company, Centrica, is an energy service and solutions company that both produces and supplies energy for use by businesses and households.
British Gas provides a tailored service for commercial energy customers via its three main brands – British Gas Business, British Gas Plus, and BG Lite. It offers zero-carbon electricity as standard with all fixed-term contracts and also provides smart meters to businesses that need them.
What services does British Gas Business offer?
British Gas Business supplies gas and electricity to businesses of all sizes. It also offers products and solutions to meet the changing needs of business energy consumers, such as meter installations and upgrades, as well as renewable energy plans for businesses that use more than 150,000 kWh of energy a year.
If you’re moving business premises, you can switch to British Gas Business. If your new business property needs a new connection, you’ll need to arrange this with your local Distribution Network Operator (DNO).
- To find out who your DNO is for your gas supply, check out our guide “Who supplies my business gas?”
- For your electricity DNO, go to our guide to MPAN and MPRN numbers.
Once you’ve sorted your supply, you’ll get a new MPRN for your gas meter, and new MPAN, KVA and meter phase type for your electricity supply. When you have these details, you can switch to British Gas Business. You might also be offered a smart meter.
What is British Gas Plus?
BG Plus offers fixed-price electricity deals for high consumption 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.
What is BG Lite?
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.
What tariffs and rates does British Gas Business offer?
British Gas Business offers a range of gas and electricity tariffs to suit the needs of businesses of all sizes across all industries.
- Fixed Price Energy Plan – Fix your unit rates for one, two, or three years. Save 7% by paying by Direct Debit.
- 30-day Rolling Energy Plan – A variable rate tariff that moves as market prices move. You can switch from this plan to a fixed plan at any time and switch to another supplier with 30 days’ notice. Save 7% by paying by Direct Debit.
- Half-hourly meters – If your business has a high electricity demand, a half-hourly meter can help tailor pricing based on your energy usage and on the opening times of your business. This type of meter also sends automatic readings to your supplier for accurate billing.
- Commercial landlords – Whether you have one commercial building or a huge portfolio, British Gas Business can provide fixed or flexible contracts for them.
- Renewable business energy – If your business uses more than 150,000 kWh of gas or electricity, then British Gas Business can offer you a renewable business energy plan.
British Gas Business also provides a Variable Price Plan for businesses that don’t arrange a new fixed deal at the end of their current contract. If you move into a property that’s supplied by British Gas Business, but you don’t arrange a contract, you’ll be placed on its deemed rates plan. You can find out more in our business relocation guide.
The rates and tariff type you’re offered when you switch to British Gas Business will depend upon your business and its current circumstances. Your contract will have a minimum period of supply, which could be up to five years, during which time you won’t be able to switch suppliers during this time.
You can compare deals once your contract enters its switching window, which can be up to six months before your contract’s end date. Customers that renew with Bionic six months before their deal finishes could save you up to 20% compared to leaving it later.
How to contact British Gas Business
There are a couple of ways to get in touch with British Gas Business, including:
- By phone – Business energy customers can call 0330 818 4736. Lines are open 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.
- Email – There is no email address, but you can live chat on the British Gas Business website.
- By post – British Gas Commerical, Millstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5GD.
- Social media – British Gas is on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn
To contact British Gas Plus or BG Lite, you’ll need to log in to your account. You can also get in touch with the tech-enabled experts at Bionic.
What is the British Gas Business green policy and fuel mix?
British Gas Business offers 100% renewable electricity to customers. This is certified by The Carbon Trust.
Some energy supplies are supported by other sources, including coal, gas, and nuclear. Below is the latest British Gas Business fuel mix breakdown.
|Electricity that has been sourced from the following fuels:||Electricity supplied by |
British Gas Business
|UK average (for comparison)|
|C02 emissions||0 g/kWh||194 g/kWh|
|High-level radioactive waste||0.0018 g/ kWh||0.0011 g/ kWh|
The tables above show more details regarding the fuel mix for British Gas Business products from April 2020 to March 2021.
What is the British Gas Business cancellation policy?
As with all business energy contracts, there is no cooling-off period. This means that once you sign up for a commercial energy deal, you don’t have the option to cancel the contract. If you’re not still contracted to British Gas Business, you can give 30 days’ notice before leaving. If your contract has entered its last 60 days, you can view your renewal options or give notice to leave.
British Gas Business reviews
We only work with a trusted panel of energy suppliers who offer great service and supply alongside competitive rates.
British Gas is rated 'Average’ on Trustpilot with an average of 3.3 stars.
Of the 110,864 customer reviews left on Trustpilot, 44% are Excellent, 12% are Great, 7% are average, 5% are poor and 32% are Bad.
It seems most people are happy with the services offered by British Gas engineers, but unhappy with meter readings and bill accuracy.
You can see for yourself on the British Gas Trustpilot page.
British Gas Lite is rated 'Average’ on Trustpilot with an average of 3.5 stars.
Of the 2,543 customer reviews left on Trustpilot, 48% are Excellent, 14% are Great, 4% are average, 3% are poor and 31% are Bad.
It seems most people are happy with the rates and smart meter rollout, but unhappy with communication. Many cited the live chat option as frustrating.
You can see for yourself on the BG Lite Trustpilot page.
British Gas Business FAQs
Some of the most common questions from British Gas Business customers include:
What happens if I am owed money by British Gas Business?
After your contract ends, British Gas Business will get in touch within 28 days to confirm your final balance. If you are owed a credit balance, it will arrange for a refund to be sent to you.
How will I get my refund?
If you pay your bills by Direct Debit, you'll be refunded via BACS. If not, you’ll get a cheque in the post.
Check out the British Gas Business website for more FAQs
BG Lite FAQs
Some of the most common questions from BG Lite customers include:
What is Lite?
Lite is a fixed-price energy service from British Gas. It is designed for small businesses. It uses smart meter technology and is managed online.
Who can use Lite?
Any business working from a single site with single gas and electricity meters.
How do I manage my Lite account?
Accounts are managed online by logging in to your with your email address and password.
Check out the BG Lite website for more FAQs
British Gas Plus FAQs
Some of the most common questions from British Gas Plus customers include:
What is Plus?
Plus is a fixed price energy service from British Gas. It is designed for businesses on half hourly meters.
Who can use Plus?
Any business with a half-hourly electricity meter.
How do I contact British Gas?
Plus accounts are managed online. There is also a UK webchat option. Or you can speak to the tech-enabled experts at Bionic.
Check out the British Gas Plus website for more FAQs
How to switch to British Gas Business
British Gas Business is on the Bionic panel of trusted UK energy suppliers. Our tech-enabled experts can help you switch to a British Gas Business tariff.
The advantage of switching with Bionic instead of going directly to the suppliers is that we can compare quotes from right across our panel to make sure you’re getting the right deal from the right supplier.
Although British Gas Business might be a good fit for your business, it could still pay to compare suppliers to see if you can get better rates elsewhere. We only need your postcode to run a business energy comparison, and our experts will talk you through the results to make sure you get our best deal.
Alternatively, you can switch to British Gas Business by getting a quote from the website or giving the switching team a call.
To compare business energy, give us a call on 0800 086 1459 or pop your postcode in the box on the right and we’ll give you a callback.