Small energy companies
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By Sarah Ingrams
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Looking for a green tariff, a cheaper tariff or a more personal service? Here, we tell you what you need to know about the smaller energy suppliers, listed alphabetically from A-M.
There are currently more than 60 firms you can buy your gas and electricity from in England, Scotland and Wales. That’s more than 11 times the number that existed in the 1990s when the market was privatised, creating the six biggest suppliers: British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE.
Although these six still dominate the market (along with Ovo Energy which recently bought SSE’s customers) there are lots of small energy companies trying to set themselves apart. So use this to your advantage and seek out an energy supplier that suits you.
To help you get started, here's an introduction to every small energy supplier in Great Britain. Click on a company’s name below to skip to its profile.
Firm not listed here? Check our energy company reviews for companies we’ve rated in our annual energy companies satisfaction survey. If you live in Northern Ireland, find out what Northern Ireland gas and electricity customers think of their supplier.
- Affect Energy, Angelic Energy, Atlantic
- Beam, Better Energy, Breeze Energy, Citizen Energy
- Daligas, Energy SW, Enstroga, Entice Energy, ESB Energy
- Fairer Power, Fischer Energy, Fosse Energy
- Glide, GnERGY, Go Effortless Energy, Good Energy, Goto Energy, Great North Energy, Green, Green Energy UK, Gulf Gas and Power UK
- Igloo Energy, Leccy, London Power, Lumo
- M&S Energy, MoneyPlus Energy
Affect Energy says it’s ‘working hard to make buying energy better’. Owned by Octopus Energy, it’s based on the south coast in Shoreham-by-Sea.
It claims that its’ team’s experience with the biggest energy suppliers and focus on customer service set it apart.
Owned by Islington Council, Angelic Energy is a not-for-profit energy provider launched in October 2017 in partnership with Robin Hood Energy. The council says its aim is to help London residents cope with the rising cost of living and its advisers will help customers through the switching process.
Atlantic is a trading name of SSE. SSE customers are now owned by Ovo Energy.
The London borough of Barking and Dagenham launched its own energy provider in January 2019, in partnership with Robin Hood Energy, which it says will save residents money.
It’s a not-for-profit firm which accepts customers in Barking and Dagenham, greater London and East Anglia. It says it supplies 100% renewable electricity from UK-based solar and wind generators.
Better Energy was a small gas-only firm based in Nottingham. However you can’t sign-up any more as it’s leaving the gas market.
Existing customers are being transferred to PFP Energy which will honour your existing tariff and account balance (even if you have switched away).
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Breeze Energy stopped trading in December 2019 and customers were transferred to British Gas, which was chosen by Ofgem to supply them.
If you are among the 18,000 customers, any credit you have will be protected. Even if you switched away from Breeze Energy, you will still be able to get your money back.
If your switch has been completed, you are free to switch to another supplier if you wish. You will not be charged exit fees. Find out more about what happens if your energy supplier goes bust.
Breeze Energy only supplied customers in North East England and said its aim was to help people use less energy.
Southampton Council launched Citizen Energy for its residents in 2018. It’s a not-for-profit company and Robin Hood Energy supplies customers’ gas and electricity. Those living in parts of the South, South West England or the Midlands can now be supplied by Citizen Energy.
It only sells 100% renewable electricity tariffs and promises no ‘gimmicks or confusing small print’.
London-based Daligas only supplies gas to households, and sells only one tariff. It's a variable tariff with no exit fees and customers have to pay by direct debit.
It claims to have competitive prices.
Energy SW was a partnership between Ovo Energy and social housing consortium Advantage SW to supply gas and electricity to people living in its properties. Ovo Energy also provided customer service and billing.
The partnership has now ended and customers are being contacted about their options.
Entice Energy is an energy supplier based in Mansfield. If offers both fixed variable tariffs, all of which require direct debit payments, and come with online-only bills and account management.
It applies a ‘winter weighting’ if you join between September and March – this means that you pay more in the winter months than in the summer to reflect your energy use.
It says it offers ‘energy free customer service’, which means you pre-book a time slot to speak with customer services.
ESB stands for Electricity Supply Board, which is the state energy provider in Ireland. It recently became a domestic energy supplier in England, Scotland and Wales, after already being involved in the power generation sector in Britain.
ESB Energy pledges to deliver ‘great value responsible energy’. All of its tariffs now come with 100% renewable electricity and it offers a tariff specifically for electric vehicle drivers.
Fairer Power was a partnership between Cheshire East Council and Ovo Energy which supplied only residents in the Cheshire East region and Lancashire.
But the partnership has now ended and customers are being contacted about their options.
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Launched in 2013, Flow Energy is now owned by Octopus Energy. You can’t sign up to Flow Energy anymore and when customers reach the end of their tariff they will be moved onto an Octopus one.
Previously, Co-operative Energy supplied Flow Energy’s customers but originally it was an independent firm which also sold boilers.
New to the energy market in January 2017, Foxglove Energy offers just one variable tariff. Its electricity is 100% renewable, bought from Danish firm Dong Energy which generates it from wind farms.
Based in Leicester, Foxglove Energy is owned by the same company as Outfox the Market.
Homes in Leicester and Leicestershire can buy gas and electricity from Fosse Energy. It’s a partnership between Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council and Robin Hood Energy. It says it’s not-for-profit and aims to save its customers money.
GB Energy Supply
GB Energy is now owned by Octopus Energy. Previously, GB Energy was part of Co-operative Energy after the smaller supplier went bust in 2016 and Co-op took on its customers and retained the brand.
When GB Energy customers reach the end of their tariff they will be moved onto an Octopus one.
When GB Energy Supply first launched in 2014, it offered some of the cheapest tariffs on the market.
Glide specialises in supplying tenants, landlords, letting agents and property developers. It combines gas and electricity, phone lines, broadband and TV services. Set up in 2006, it works in partnership with Ovo Energy.
You’ll pay for the convenience, however, as we found it was often among the priciest deals on the market in 2018.
GnERGY was launched in December 2013 and is a community-owned company which says it is 'honest and open'.
What makes GnERGY unique is that the company is managed by ex-Gurkhas, who say they run the company in the same way they approach life – with efficiency, commitment, simplicity and honesty.
Its UK-based customer service team speak English, Nepali and Hindi.
Gnergy failed to make compulsory payments to support renewables to regulator Ofgem in August 2019. It still had not paid by January 2020 and Ofgem said that it is 'now taking further enforcement action by starting the process that may result in the revocation of the supplier's license'.
Based in Staffordshire, this small company's starting motivation in 2015 was to provide cheaper energy for friends and family. It says it's committed to clear bills and accountability.
Good Energy was the first dedicated 100% renewable electricity supplier. It sources its electricity from solar, wind, hydropower and biofuel from British energy generators. Most of these are small and independent.
It also invests in its own solar and wind farms and sources more than half of its electricity from wind farms.
Good Energy currently has around 200,000 customers and also says that its gas is carbon neutral (6% biogas and the remainder offset through carbon reduction projects).
Previously it has had a ranking in the annual Which? energy companies satisfaction survey. We were unable to gather feedback from enough customers this year to give it a score.
Goto Energy is a newcomer to the energy market in 2019. Based in Kent it claims to offer electricity only from sustainable sources, ‘responsibly-sourced’ gas and 'good savings' for customers.
This not-for-profit energy supplier is a partnership between Robin Hood Energy and local councils in northern England. Great North Energy states its aim is to ensure local people get a fair deal on gas and electricity and good customer service.
Not to be confused with Green Energy UK (see below), Green is a very new gas and electricity supplier which claims to offer ‘intelligent tariffs’ and low-cost green energy.
It claims to offer 24/7 customer service via live chat and email and integration with Apple and Google Pay so that you can top up your account.
Green has offered a lot of different tariffs since its launched, some of which have been among the cheapest on the market.
As the name suggests, Green Energy UK sources all of its electricity and gas from green and renewable sources.
Electricity comes from hydropower, solar panels, wind and biomass. It buys directly from generators in the UK. Its gas is 100% ‘green’ gas from anaerobic digestion (where micro-organisms break down organic matter without oxygen to produce methane and biogas). It says it aims to make renewable energy mainstream and to offer competitive prices.
It's among the oldest energy firms outside the traditional biggest six and was the first energy supplier to launch a tariff using a smart meter to charge customers different electricity rates depending on the time of day. Called TIDE, it cost less for electricity used overnight and four times more at peak times.
None of Green Energy UK's tariffs have exit fees.
A brand known for its petrol stations, Gulf also has an energy supplier for customers in England, Scotland and Wales. It says it offers easy-to-understand tariffs and good-value prices on 100% renewable electricity.
Southampton-based Igloo Energy says it’s an energy company ‘for the connected generation’. It says it aims to make customer homes smarter and more efficient. It says it will use data from smart meters to help customers save energy. It also sells smart thermostats, air source heat pumps and electric vehicle chargers.
In December 2019 it announced that it now suppliers 85,000 homes and will get £20m funding from Japanese gas company Osaka Gas.
Liverpool Energy Community Company (Leccy) launched in 2017 and is a not-for-profit energy company set up by Liverpool City Council in partnership with Robin Hood Energy. It states it will also advise customers how to switch from prepayment energy meters to cheaper direct debit tariffs. The electricity it supplies is now 100% renewable.
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Launched in January 2020, London Power is an energy company exclusively for London residents. It’s a partnership between City Hall and Octopus Energy.
London Power says prices will always be ‘fair’ and promises that its12 month fixed tariff for direct debit customers will be in the cheapest 10% of similar tariffs in the market.
At the end of your contract, you will be moved onto the cheapest similar plan.
Any profits will go into projects to reduce fuel poverty in London or tackle climate change. Electricity will be matched with that generated from renewable sources. It has around 1,000 customers so far.
Lumo offers one app-only dual-fuel energy tariff. Its help centre is online-only, too, and it says customers can track their usage, see their bills and balance, and submit meter readings via its app.
Lumo says it aims to install a smart meter at your home within six months of signing up.
M&S Energy is a partnership between the high street store and Octopus Energy. It claims to be ‘great value, year in, year out’.
Octopus Energy supplies M&S Energy customers’ gas and electricity and technical support. Until September 2018, SSE was M&S Energy’s supply partner.
All electricity is matched with 100% renewably-sourced power.
New customers can currently get an M&S gift card when they switch.
Newcomer MoneyPlus Energy is part of the MoneyPlus group, which offers debt management and legal services.
It structures customers’ charges differently to other firms. It says it passes on the costs of energy (including wholesale prices, the cost of getting gas and electricity to your home, costs of maintaining the system, metering costs, and tax and environmental levies) to customers and charges a management fee on top.
The management fee is £9.95 per fuel per month.
It says its ‘unique, super-simple bill’ makes it clear to customers.
It doesn’t credit check new customers and says it will take into account customers’ individual circumstances.
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