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7 October 2020

Small energy companies A-M

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.
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Sarah Ingrams

There are currently more than 50 firms you can buy your gas and electricity from in England, Scotland and Wales. 

That’s many 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 above 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

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.

Angelic Energy

Owned by Islington Council, Angelic Energy is a not-for-profit energy provider launched in October 2017 in partnership with Robin Hood Energy.  

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Angelic Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Angelic Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers over the next few weeks, and has promised that customers will be offered a tariff no more expensive than their current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

Atlantic

Atlantic is a trading name of SSE. SSE customers are now owned by Ovo Energy.

Find out what SSE customers think of it and what’s in store now it’s part of Ovo, including ratings for customer service and value for money.

Beam Energy

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham launched its own energy provider in January 2019, in partnership with Robin Hood Energy

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Beam Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Beam Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers over the next few weeks, and has promised that customers will be offered a tariff no more expensive than their current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

British Gas Evolve

Launched in 2020, British Gas Evolve is a new brand from the big supplier. It promises competitively-priced energy, including electricity from 100% renewable sources.

Customers must manage their account entirely online as there is no customer service phone support.

Don't put up with high energy bills and poor customer service. Use Which? Switch to find the cheapest gas and electricity.

Citizen Energy

Southampton Council launched Citizen Energy for its residents in 2018; Robin Hood Energy supplies customers’ gas and electricity. 

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Citizen Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Citizen Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers over the next few weeks, and has promised that customers will be offered a tariff no more expensive than their current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

Daligas

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.

Enstroga

Part of a European-wide energy group, Enstroga has recently joined the UK market. It claims to provide ‘flexible and personalised customer service'.

Entice Energy

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 Energy

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.

If you're unhappy with your energy firm's prices or customer service, use Which? Switch to compare gas and electricity prices.

Foxglove Energy

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.

Fosse Energy

Fosse Energy is a partnership between Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council and Robin Hood Energy

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Fosse Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Fosse Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers over the next few weeks, and has promised that customers will be offered a tariff no more expensive than their current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

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

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.

Go Effortless Energy

September 2020: Go Effortless Energy has stopped trading, energy regulator Ofgem announced. If you are one of its 2,500 domestic customers, you will become a customer of Octopus Energy.

Your gas and electricity supply will continue as usual and any credit you have built up will be protected.

Take a meter reading as soon as possible. Don’t try to switch before the new supplier has contacted you as this can complicate the transfer but you don't have to stay with the new supplier if you're not happy with the tariff you're moved onto. 

Find out more: your rights if your energy company goes bust.

 

Good Energy

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

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.

Great North Energy

This not-for-profit energy supplier is a partnership between Robin Hood Energy and local councils in northern England. 

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Green North Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Green North Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers over the next few weeks, and has promised that customers will be offered a tariff no more expensive than their current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.  

Green

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.

Green Energy UK

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.

Gulf Gas and Power UK

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.

Igloo Energy

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.

Leccy

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

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Leccy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Leccy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers over the next few weeks, and has promised that customers will be offered a tariff no more expensive than their current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

If you're unhappy with your energy firm's prices or customer service, use Which? Switch to compare gas and electricity prices.

London Power

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

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

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.

MoneyPlus Energy

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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