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SSE commit to ending rollover contracts on business energy

19 August 2013

It has been nearly a month since other energy suppliers, e·on and British Gas announced that they would make the move to stop rollover contracts, and e·on even went as far as calling for them to be banned altogether. Previously rollovers occur when most business electricity and business gas contracts come to a pre-determined end, and often mean over-inflated prices for the business.

SSE have said that they will stop issuing rollover contracts to businesses by April 2014, whereas British Gas will no longer sell auto-rollover contracts from September 1st 2013.

Kevin Greenhorn, director of business supply at SSE, said: “[Small businesses] are run by busy people who focus their time on their companies.

They have enough deadlines to meet without us giving them another one, so we’re ending automatic contract rollovers.

Julian Morgan, managing director of business energy price comparison website The Energy Advice Line has responded to the news and these comments by saying…

Businesses need flexibility, but they also need simplicity when it comes to Business Energy tariffs and choosing their energy supplier. This move by SSE and the others in the Big 6 to end rollover contracts is great news and will save businesses a lot of money in the long term

It is very important for businesses to address their costs when their contract ends as they will go onto a much more expensive out of contract rate when compared to their fixed term contract price that would have just ended. Business Energy companies ending rollovers is a great thing because it prevents customers being locked into expensive long term contracts.”

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