Energising small businesses

12 August 2011
I wrote last month that using local, smaller suppliers is an increasingly popular trend. And so it continues. This week, mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a £50 million fund for contracts to rebuild parts of the battered capital following the riots. He says he wants these deals to be awarded to local businesses “as much as possible”. A few days ago we reported that British manufacturer Norton Motorcycles is the first small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) to receive a loan from a UK government-backed scheme that will help it increase the amount it spends with its suppliers. And earlier this month, 68 per cent of members of our SM100 survey panel told us they want to boost the number of contracts they award to SMEs. Perhaps one place they could look is smaller energy providers. One such supplier, quoted here in The Telegraph contends while the system is set up to favour the big players, they “still manage to compete on price and customer service”. Click here to find the latest prices and forecast prices for gas and electricity
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