About Andy Sawers 

Andy Sawers was born and brought-up in Bath in a competitive family and educated in the traditional sense... get good A levels, a Degree and then a 'Job for Life'. 
 
By the time he got to the A level bit though, his interest in following the normal path of life had left him. He left school aged 18 with a couple of mediocre A levels and went to work for a major high street bank, obtaining a Banking Degree by part-time study. 
 
He did very well: joined the Management Development Programme and rose to being a Senior Manager by his late thirties, but something was still missing and Andy's entrepreneurial streak was refusing to stay quiet. 

  Experienced in Residential and Commercial Utilities since 2002  

In 1999 Andy started his journey of investing in property, and by the end of 2002 an opportunity came to leave corporate life. This enabled Andy to spend more time with his young family and try his hand at other opportunities. Having worked in Financial Services, Andy was fully aware of the need to budget properly and was committed to helping people work towards financial freedom. 
One of the areas he became involved in was utilities and since 2002 he has become experienced in providing Residential and Commercial Utilities – Phones, Mobiles, Broadband, Energy (Gas and Electricity), and more recently Water. 
 
Andy lives in Cheltenham with Julia, his wife of over 30 years. He can often be found walking in the Cotswolds with Daisy his faithful Collie Cross, or roaring on his beloved Cheltenham Town Football Club. He also continues to dabble in property investing. 
 
 

Industry News 

See below for some information and insights on the UK Utilities industry that you might find interesting... 

New Year, HUGE Opportunity... 

Wholesale Gas prices are the lowest we have seen for almost 3 years, meaning there is a HUGE opportunity for you to secure a great deal NOW. 
 
We can generally quote for renewals up to 2 years in advance of your current contract ending. ZERO cost, ZERO obligation. 
 
If you would like us to look at your requirements please contact us via help@andysawers.com or 0800 298 7686
Gas storage throughout Europe has been incredibly high over the last few months. The diagram demonstrates the storage levels. 
 
The knock-on effect was that the UK had a huge supply of gas, which is part of the reason why prices have been low. 
 
To discuss the review of your gas contracts so you can benefit from this, please contact help@andysawers.com
With news in November of another two energy suppliers (‘Extra Energy’ and Spark Energy Supply’) ceasing trading, and with many suppliers also increasing their prices significantly, it has certainly become a confusing time for business owners to know from whom they should be buying their gas and electricity. 
 
For most, price is the main driver of any decision. Especially when large consumers could be allocating £10,000’s of their quarterly budget to the cost. However, with seven suppliers now having ceased trading in 2018 alone, it pays to dig a little deeper. 
 
There are over 40 commercial energy suppliers currently in the market, all who have their strengths and their weaknesses. The ‘Big 6’ often rely on their legacy and their name to install confidence in the buyer, but often lack some of the niche assets that smaller suppliers hold and are regularly being beaten on price by newer entrants to the market, who are keen to take market share. 
 
As a commercial user of gas and electricity, it pays significantly to ‘shop around’, but it is an exercise best completed with a certain level of knowledge and understanding. To a certain level, this knowledge can be obtained via a little online research, but as is normally the case, it is wise to use the services of an expert. This is especially the case now, as what you are paying for is not simply the commodity itself. 
 
The price you pay for your gas and (especially) electricity is made up of more and more (and ever complicated) taxes and charges, to help maintain an ageing National Grid that is under more demand than it has ever been. In fact, almost 60% of the price you pay for your supply of electricity are ‘non-commodity’ charges, of which there are over 10 different ones. When going through the procurement process, it is vital to know what these are and to ensure that the contract you are being offered takes all of them into consideration. Otherwise you might just get a nasty surprise when you receive your first invoice. 
 
Of course, price (and knowing how it is made up) is not the only consideration you should have. A cheap rate usually reflects upon the supplier’s level of resources (i.e. its level of customer service). Using a well-established broker or consultant removes this concern, but if you are going through the procurement process alone, then be sure to check the supplier’s ability to deal with your queries effectively… and their ability to remain in business! 
The importance of having a strategy for procuring your gas and electricity – especially if you’re a pub landlord… 
 
Amongst the many costs of running a business, the cost of gas and electricity is one that is largely ignored. Very few businesses are in a position to allocate the required amount of time to navigate the whole market and obtain comparative quotes from all the suppliers out there (and there are over 30 these days). The truth is, most business owners – and especially those in hospitality – simply don’t have the time. 
 
Even if they did have the time, would they know what they are looking for and how to avoid hidden charges? 
 
It can also be difficult as a pub landlord to secure good credit terms with the utility suppliers. The hospitality industry is often marked as ‘high risk’, and so many suppliers request a security deposit before agreeing to a supply. These deposits can run into thousands of pounds. 
 
We spoke to Andy Sawers from Cheltenham about this. Andy works alongside Full Power Utilities – a utilities consultancy of over 20 years standing: 
 
"My advice to all business owners, especially pub landlords, is to seek the help of an expert. By using an established consultancy – one that doesn’t charge a consultation fee, such as Full Power Utilities – you will gain access to the most competitive rates on the market and reduce the risk of being charged a hefty security deposit. Not only this, you will have an expert on side to help you, should there be any issues with your supply or bill." 
Frequently Asked Questions... 
 
What happens when your energy supplier goes bust? 
 
It's unlikely that your supplier will go out of business, but if it does, the regulator, OFGEM, provides a safety net that will make sure you'll always have an energy supply. 
 
Here are five things to know if you hear that your energy supplier has gone out of business: 
 
1. Will I lose my supply? 
 
No. OFGEM will arrange for you to move to a new supplier and your energy supply won't be disrupted. You probably won’t notice any change until your new supplier contacts you. 
 
2. Can I choose my new supplier? 
 
No. OFGEM will appoint your new supplier, following a "competitive process designed to get the best deal for you". Once you are with your new supplier, that is the time to look around for a fresh deal. 
 
3. Will my bills go up? 
 
Your new supplier will put you on a special "deemed" contract, which means it's a contract you haven't chosen. Your bills may therefore increase, as these contracts can be more expensive, although OFGEM will endeavour to get the best deal for you. 
 
Your new supplier will receive any outstanding credit balance you may have with your current supplier. Once you are with your new supplier, they will contact you to explain how your new account will work. 
 
4. I had made a complaint to my old supplier and I'm still waiting for it to be resolved. What happens now? 
 
If you had made a complaint to your old supplier and it had not yet been resolved, you will need to raise the issue again with the new supplier once OFGEM has chosen them. 
 
The new supplier will review if the complaint is still relevant now that you have transferred to them, or if it can be closed. 
 
5. Can I switch supplier? 
 
OFGEM advises consumers not to switch immediately, and instead to wait until your new supplier has got in touch with you. 
 
Once you've been contacted, ask them to put you on the cheapest deal, or shop around if you aren't happy with them as a supplier. 
 
You won't be charged exit fees. 
If you have any questions about the above, please don't hesitate to get in touch by completing the enquiry form below, or calling Andy on 01452 855 657
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