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7 October 2020

Small energy companies N-Z

Looking for greener electricity, a cheaper price or a more personal service? Find out more about smaller energy companies, listed alphabetically from N-Z.
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There are more than 50 energy companies to choose between in England, Scotland and Wales. Yet less than a quarter of us have switched to them and away from the biggest six companies.

If you're considering a new supplier – perhaps a cheap one that has caught your eye – here's an introduction to every small energy supplier in Great Britain to help you decide. Click on a company’s name above to skip to its profile.

Firm not listed here? Check our other energy brands guide for companies we’ve reviewed. If you live in Northern Ireland, find out how Northern Ireland gas and electricity firms match up.

Nabuh Energy

Sheffield-based Nabuh Energy says it focuses on the latest technology to keep its prices down. It offers fixed deals for customers with prepayment meters or who pay by direct debit and doesn’t charge exit fees.

In October 2018 it bought all of Snowdrop Energy's customers.

National Gas

Previously known as British Natural Gas, this small supplier is not to be confused with Britain’s biggest supplier, British Gas. It sells only gas and says it aims to make energy more affordable.

Neo Energy

Neo Energy was launched in early 2020 and is owned by Euston Energy.

It offered free electricity during the months of June and July to customers signing up between 11 April and 30 April 2020.

It is the world’s first energy supplier to allow customers to pay with cryptocurrency.

Some industry experts have raised questions over the financial sustainability of the company for offering its customers free energy. However Neo Energy’s CEO said ‘there are so many additional risks running an energy company and it’s just another one.’

Northumbria Energy

Newcomer Northumbria Energy says it provides ‘first class customer service’ and guaranteed savings on your electricity bill.

It stopped accepting customers for a short period last year.

Omni Energy

This newcomer says it’s ‘making prepayment better’ and offers one tariff which you manage via a smartphone app.

Yorkshire based Omni Energy says it sells 100% green electricity.

Orbit Energy

Orbit Energy promises customers its best rate whenever they switch or renew their tariff. It says this is because Shell supplies its electricity and gas so it can get ‘secure, competitively-priced’ energy.

Customers must manage their account online.

PFP Energy

PFP Energy launched in 2015 and says it makes energy simple, offering one fixed, one variable gas and electricity tariff and a prepayment tariff.

Originally it was a not-for-profit supplier but split from its partner Places for People, which manages leisure centres and homes, in 2016.

Qwest Energy

Qwest Energy is a partnership between Engie and Cheshire West and Chester Council to supply people who live in the area. It launched in autumn 2018, selling only 100% renewable electricity and promising to invest some of its profits in the local community.

Octopus Energy bought Engie in January 2020.

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Ram Energy

Derby City Council set up Ram Energy to supply the people of Derby and the Midlands. Ram Energy is a partnership with Robin Hood Energy and is not-for-profit.

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Ram Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Ram 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.

Roar Power

Roar Power provides gas and electricity only to homes in Norwich and the east of England. It’s a partnership between Norwich City Council and Engie, which was recently taken over by Octopus Energy.

Its tariffs include options for renewable electricity and paying an increased rate to support the local community. Roar Power says it redistributes your contribution to help those in fuel poverty.

Sainsbury's Energy

Sainsbury’s Energy is a partnership between the supermarket and Powershop – a small energy firm owned by Npower

Npower supplies gas and electricity to customers’ homes. But the Sainsbury’s Energy website, customer service and bills use the same systems as Powershop.

Customers can manage their account online or via a mobile app. You’ll earn Nectar points for switching. Plus your electricity use will be matched with that generated from renewable sources.

Until April 2019, Sainsbury’s Energy was a partnership with British Gas. When it ended, customers were switched to British Gas.

Scottish Hydro

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

Formed in 1989 as a public electricity supplier that covered the north of Scotland, it merged with Southern Electric in 1998 to create SSE.

You can find out more about SSE and what its customers think of it in our full SSE review.

Southend Energy

Southend Energy was a partnership between Ovo Energy and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The council owned the firm while Ovo Energy helped manage and administer it. The partnership has now ended and customers are now supplied by Robin Hood Energy.

However, in September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Southend Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Southend 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.

Southern Electric

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

SSE was originally formed when Southern Electric merged with Scottish Hydro in 1998. You can find out more about SSE and what its customers think of it in our full SSE review.

Swalec

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

It was formerly known as South Wales Electric Company and began to supply gas in 1997, after the deregulation of the UK’s gas markets. SSE bought the company in 2000.

You can find out more about SSE and what its customers think of it in our full SSE review.

Symbio Energy

This new supplier claimed (in January 2020) it had the lowest electricity prices in the UK for the previous two months. It says its tariffs have no tie-ins or penalties and it uses the latest software to minimise staff costs.

Customers pay by direct debit only and Symbio Energy takes payment in advance. You have to manage your online account online.

If you want to switch, following our quick guide to energy switching  .

White Rose Energy

White Rose Energy is a not-for-profit energy provider for people living in Yorkshire, set up as a partnership between Leeds City Council and Robin Hood Energy.

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that White Rose Energy customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with White Rose 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.

Yorkshire Energy

This Leeds-based supplier launched in May 2018 but you can sign-up as a customer regardless of where you live. It says it strives to keep things ‘clear, simple and real’ for customers and both its fixed and variable tariffs are backed by 100% renewable electricity.

Your Energy Sussex

Sussex Councils own this not-for-profit energy firm, backed by Robin Hood Energy

In September 2020, Robin Hood Energy was sold to British Gas, meaning that Your Energy Sussex customers will be transferred to British Gas. If you're with Your Energy Sussex, 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.

Zebra Power

Zebra Power is a British-owned energy firm launched in spring 2017. It says it aims to offer fair prices, exceptional customer service, and offers a fixed and variable tariff.

Zog Energy

Only providing gas, Zog Energy offers five tariffs, each of which has a different standing charge and unit rate. Some of them have exit fees, of up to £30.

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