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Good for business: How switching to clean electricity could benefit your organisation

We launched the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch in October of last year to try and fix that. So far, we’ve saved participating homes well over £250 a year on average, showing that going green doesn’t have to cost the earth. 

Help for organisations

Now we’re revamping the programme in the run up to the next Green Summit in March of next year. We’re aiming to negotiate an exclusive tariff for homes in Greater Manchester, giving them great value energy from one of the UK’s most trusted suppliers, and we’re launching a new service to help organisations switch too.

If you’ve ever run a small business or community group, you’ll know that you rarely have time to think about where you get your energy. Only around 1 in 5 businesses switch energy supplier each year, and when asked why they don’t, many say they think switching will be too much hassle (31%) or that comparing prices is too difficult (19%).[1]

That’s bad news for the planet and bad news for business, because many organisations could actually save money (and get improved customer service) by switching to a renewable energy supplier.

Rob Grant from Village Greens Co-op in Prestwich (pictured) couldn’t agree more. Rob switched both the shop and his own home through the Greater Manchester campaign, seeing savings for both.

“There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain,” says Rob.

“Being powered by renewable electricity ties in with our ethos as an ethical, organic, happy, whole-food business, and we saved money too. Plus, we’re very much a community business, so knowing that switching raises money to support environmental programmes in Bury was really important for us.”

Making it easy for businesses to go green

If we’re going to meet our aspirations for Greater Manchester to be a carbon neutral region by 2038, we’re going to have to help organisations of all shapes and sizes transition to renewable power.

So, just as we have with our household switching service, we’re going to make it as easy as possible for businesses in Greater Manchester to go clean. That means cutting out jargon, making it easy to compare prices from different suppliers, and making sure there’s someone available to answer questions once the switch has taken place.

We’re aiming to launch the new service at the Green Summit in March, but if you’d like to know more about our plans – or make any suggestions about how we could maximise our impact – drop us a line at gm.business@bigcleanswitch.org.

[1] https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/04/ofgem_-_micro_and_sma...

 

 

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