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With the increasing complexity of the UK energy market, the independent advice offered by business gas brokers and commercial gas consultants will help many energy buyers find the right commercial gas or business gas contract for their business. You may be interested in finding more information on flexible gas products or how you can access the wholesale business gas price for large industrial or commercial gas supplies, or even commercial LPG gas for your business.
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Every year more and more companies hire the services of an energy broker to help them find a cost effective business gas contract. According to Ofgem over 60% of UK energy and gas contracts are now procured directly through independent energy consultants. So why do so many business rely on energy consultancy firms like Catalyst to find cheap business gas prices for them.
The answer is fairly simple, decision makers and business owners understand that using independent consultants provides an impartial and fresh approach to evaluate and identify opportunities that can add significant value and improve the business bottom line. All of our consultants have a vast amount of experience in achieving substantial results for our customers and our unique approach to each case can often point out areas of significant improvement that only a trained pair of eyes can identify.
- Compare all of our suppliers
- Free independent service
- Advice on the right type of contract for your needs
- Gas price tracking service
- Fixed prices for 1,2,3,4 or 5 years
- Full price comparison service
Without a doubt the main reason organisations hire our business gas procurement services, is simply because – it helps reduce costs, increases efficiency and provides hassle free and quick access to a vast amount of suppliers, contract types and of course professional purchasing advice. In addition to this we provide unbiased market intelligence to support any of our recommendations.
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The wholesale gas markets explained
The wholesale gas market is where large volumes of gas are traded between producers and suppliers. Suppliers want the gas to sell on to their customers in homes and businesses, while producers want steady cash for the energy they have to sell. There are also traders and speculators who want to buy and sell gas to make a profit.
The wholesale market has a significant influence on a consumer’s final bill, with the government estimating that wholesale energy costs make up 47% of the total cost. It is worth noting that over 60% of the increases in household bills since 2010 have come from wholesale price increases.
Suppliers often purchase gas for customer’s years in advance to lock-in prices and ensure they have the gas they require. A margin is then added by suppliers to the wholesale price to provide them with some protection from price changes. These factors can mean that wholesale price changes do not immediately impact consumer bills.
Many factors can influence the prices set in the wholesale market. Oil is often important as many long-term gas contracts are linked to oil prices, while increased demand for heating and light during winter months pushes up prices. Also influential is heightened global demand, which, as a result, contributes to prices rising in the UK.
The GB gas market is both the largest and the most active trading point in Europe. British wholesale gas trading is conducted at the National Balancing Point (NBP), which is a virtual trading hub without a physical location. Trades on the NBP have a minimum size equal to about the average yearly use of 10 households. National Gas Grid is responsible for the management of the gas system as the System Operator for Britain, making sure the amount of gas bought and sold by traders is equal at the end of the day.
How gas is distributed across the GB and by whom
There are four main players involved in transporting gas across the country: the transmission system operator; distributors; shippers; and Xoserve.
Gas enters into GB from numerous different sources: offshore production; imports from other countries; gas storage sites; and small amounts of onshore production. It is carried to consumers via two systems across Britain, the National Transmission System (NTS) and the local distribution networks. The NTS is owned and operated by National Grid. It moves gas from where it is produced to either very large users, such as power stations, or into the local distribution networks.
Distribution networks transport gas from the NTS to businesses and households. There are four distribution companies operating in GB: National Gas Grid; Scotia Gas Networks; Northern Gas Networks; and Wales & West Utilities. The distribution system is spilt into eight different networks, each covering a different area of GB and owned and operated by one of the distribution companies.
Distribution and Transmission companies charge for gas to move through their pipes, with these charges passed onto consumers bills. Ofgem, the energy regulator, sets price controls which limit the total amount of revenues that transmission and distribution companies can earn. The companies then set their tariffs to recover this money from suppliers. Ofgem estimates that distribution charges make up 16% of a customer’s bill and transmission charges 2%.
Gas shippers purchase gas from producers and pay the transporters to convey it across the country to sell to suppliers. Shippers are not responsible for the movement of gas through the system, they only specify where the gas should enter and exit the transport system. Administration of the flows is undertaken by Xoserve, which operates the IT systems that handle financial transactions involving the gas network companies.
Our Business Gas Services Explained
What makes our business gas service stand out from the competitors is our close but independent relationship with our gas suppliers and our ability to fully understand the diverse range of gas products available on the market today.
UK gas suppliers prefer to deal with a set number of consultants who will manage a large portfolio of clients, rather than having to deal with individual clients directly. Suppliers can then focus on there core business activity of service and delivery of products, whilst the consultants add value and additional support to the standard services offered by the supplier.
We offer a comprehensive comparative quote from a wide range of business gas suppliers and we can quickly deliver a range of gas quotes for your exact business requirements, allowing you to quickly compare your current cost, with our range of business gas quotes.
We can then offer practical advice on the conditions of supply with each contract, and recommend the most suitable contract type and length for your requirements. Taking into account your annual consumption we will provide a detailed breakdown on our proposal allowing you to compare any standing charges and gas prices per kWh in line with your actual consumption levels.
Our business gas service is self-funding as we receive an industry set fee from our gas suppliers allowing you to find you the most commercially viable proposition for your energy needs. In addition, our highly focused approach to business gas procurement allows us to provide gas pricing benchmarks and the ability to evaluate and select the best business gas suppliers, contract lengths and terms in line with wholesale gas market activity.
By fully understanding the key drivers that effect short term and long term gas markets we are able to provide professional advice on how to best proceed with your contract requirements in one of the most volatile trading markets in the world.
Ongoing Business Gas Solutions
Our business gas brokers then maintain a close working relationship between client and the gas suppliers, with your own dedicated Account Manager and free monthly energy reports.
For industrial gas users that have a daily read supply or interpretable gas contracts that give National Grid UK the authority to temporarily cut off gas transmission to your site. We can provide both standard and spot market prices from a range of leading UK commercial gas suppliers.
We are more than a simple business gas comparison service, we work with a range of British business gas suppliers to actively source the cheapest commercial gas rates.
We provide a formal quote on your business gas rates and allow you to simply select a supplier form our business gas price comparison chart and your required business gas rate.
Our industrial gas service is self funded as we receive an industry set fee from the suppliers and we determine your current industrial gas costs against a range of OFGEM approved business gas supplier’s tariffs to find you the most commercially viable industrial gas proposition.
In addition to this we can provide commercial gas pricing benchmarks and the ability to evaluate and select the best industrial gas suppliers, contract lengths and terms, as we have a highly focused process approach to business gas procurement.
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