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FSB 'helps keep business electricity bills down' - 17/09/2013

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed that one of its campaigns has helped to keep business electricity bills down for millions of companies up and down the UK.

It was announced by the body that its five-year campaign on this issue has helped force a significant change in the energy market for small businesses.

The FSB has been campaigning for auto-rollover business energy deals to be ended by major energy suppliers since 2008 and with companies announcing they are going to comply, the organisation says it has won a victory.

National chairman of the FSB John Allan stated that four million business electricity customers in the UK are now going to be taken off these unfair deals in the coming weeks and months.

"These contracts often took small businesses by surprise and could lock them into un-negotiated higher prices for energy," he said, thanking prime minister David Cameron for his support on the matter. When the first energy firms started announcing an end to auto-rollover deals earlier in the summer, Mr Cameron called for their rivals to follow suit.

Mr Allan added: "We are looking forward to further cooperation with Number 10 so small businesses can get a better deal at the hands of the big six."

The Big Six energy suppliers in the UK are British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON Energy, npower, Scottish Power and SSE, although there are several other small suppliers that also provide businesses with power. FSB research has previously found that around a quarter of the UK's small companies have been negatively affected by these auto-rollover contracts.

Last month, npower announced that it would be offering more choice to its business electricity customers. The energy supplier revealed that default auto-rollovers contracts are being ended by the firm, meaning companies should be able to save money off their energy bills in the future.

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