When comparing business gas quotes, you will want to ensure that the quotes you receive are accurate and suitable for your business and its needs.
Unlike domestic gas tariffs, business gas contracts have no cooling off period. So, once you’ve signed up for your new contract, there’s no turning back. That’s why it’s so important for you to make informed decisions that will lead you to the right choice for you when you are looking for a long term gas contract.
Before you even start to research new contracts and options, it is important to gather all of the information necessary for those to give you the best results. To ensure that you get the most relevant results when comparing gas tariffs, there are a number of things you should know and, and have steady access to when you may be asked by those searching for deals on your behalf. This includes
• Your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) for your gas meters. Sometimes known as “M number”, this number is between 6 and 10 digits long. You should be able to find this on your gas bill, but if you are having trouble, you can also locate it by using the Meter Point Administration Service online tool at this link.
• Your supply point ID (SPID) for your water meters.
• An estimate for your yearly gas usage. This should be included in your contract renewal letter (if you receive one). Companies ask for this so that they are able to make an assessment on how much gas you will use throughout your contract; this means that they can focus on what type of contract may be best fitted for you, whether long term, multi-month or warranty and spot purchase contracts.
• General information about your business for credit checking; This includes your company name, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – This is usually found on the rental application or consent to background checks forms that you will have completed before entering the property – the business bank account linked to your property alongside payments made to the business credit bureaus. You may also be able to turn in recent credit checks made on your business by the likes of The Dun & Bradstreet or other organisations. This is important no matter what type of contract you are looking to renew, as the same considerations should be made towards payment and usages throughout the contract term.
• Location(s) being supplied. If you have more that one property using the same contract, it will be important that all of these locations addresses are listed in full. Without this, one location may go without gas after a switch due to not being listed in one or more properties.
• Previous gas and electricity bills. This will help to establish any unexpected charges that may have been made and how to avoid them going into your new tariff, as well as a helpful way to find how regularly you were paying your bills; monthly, quarterly, yearly, and if there are any outstanding payments or repayments to be made to you before ending your contract.
• Your current contract end date. This is used to gather information on when you will look to have another contract come in and how a business can work to avoid you going even 24 hours without the crucial supply to your business.
• For half hourly gas meters – A half hourly gas meter, also known as HH or 00, are business gas meters that read your half hourly usage data for your provider. If your business uses 100kW or higher, this type of meter is mandatory for you. You can request information about it from your supplier at any time.
• A signed letter of authority – this allows us to speak to suppliers on your behalf, and get any missing information and request prices. A Letter of Authority (or LOA) is primarily for brokers to manage your gas supply by giving them the rights to take action on your behalf. You can find more information about LOI’s here, to keep you safe in signing such contracts.