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Discover BES Utilities Out of Contract Rates | The Smart Energy Co

Uncover the latest Out of Contract rates with BES Utilities and learn how not renewing your contract can affect your business finances. We keep our blog updated with the most recent default rates to help you stay informed.

Out of Contract Rates: Are You Paying Too Much?

Prices accurate as of 20/10/2023

As a business owner, you might be familiar with the term "Out of Contract" rates. These are the rates energy suppliers, such as BES Utilities, charge when your fixed-rate contract has ended, and you haven’t secured a new deal. These rates often end up being substantially higher than negotiated contract rates, silently inflating your business overheads.

Suppliers like BES Utilities use Out of Contract rates to adjust their costs, usually to a much higher price point, which can vary unpredictably. This can lead to unexpected increases in your energy bills, affecting your financial planning.

Current BES Utilities Out of Contract Rates (subject to market changes):


Standing charges (pence per day)

Consumption (pence per kWh)

Electricity PC 1-4



Electricity MD/HH




AQ Band

Standing charges (pence per day)

Consumption (pence per kWh)

0 - 73,200 kWh



73,201 - 293,000 kWh



293,001 Above



What Does This Mean for Your Wallet?

Let’s consider a scenario: Your restaurant uses 50,000 kWh of electricity per year, and your contract with BES Utilities has ended. You’re now being billed at Out of Contract rates.

By securing a new fixed tariff in the current market, you could potentially save £10,326 annually! That's where The Smart Energy Company steps in.

Rate Type

Unit Rates

Standing Charge


Out of Contract




Average Rates





The Advantage of Fixed Rates

Opting for fixed rates gives your business the benefit of predictable billing, allowing for accurate budgeting and protection against market volatility. Fixed rates shield you from unexpected rate hikes and hidden charges often associated with Out of Contract rates.

How The Smart Energy Company Can Assist You

At The Smart Energy Company, we leverage our expertise to help you avoid the high costs associated with Out of Contract rates. We compare prices from over 20 suppliers, providing you with the best options tailored to your business's needs. Our commitment to transparency and market insights has earned us a 5-star rating on TrustPilot, with 95% of our customers returning for our services.

Our comprehensive suite includes energy procurement, contract negotiation, and ongoing account management. Our goal is to maximise your savings, optimising your energy expenses with our industry insights.

Ready to Make the Switch?

If your contract with BES Utilities or any provider is concluding, or if you find yourself on an Out of Contract rate, it's time to act. Use our 'Quote My Business' form on our website to begin the switch to more economical energy rates. Our team is ready to provide a detailed comparison of available savings for your business.

Our service is free and without obligation. Contact us today to see how much you could save:

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Contact us for a bespoke energy quote and start saving now!

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Have More Questions?

  • Is it possible to change multiple business utilities at the same time?
    Our switching service allows you to switch multiple utilities simultaneously. We have successfully assisted multiple businesses in the UK by helping them save on various services such as energy and water with savings within 2023 already over the £2 Million mark.
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    Switching business utilities involves a straightforward process. Here's a general overview of how it works: Evaluation: Start by assessing your current utility bills and usage patterns. This will give you an idea of your current costs and help identify areas where savings can be made. Comparison: Use a switching service like ours to compare different utility providers in your area. We provide you with quotes from multiple suppliers, allowing you to compare prices, contract terms, and services offered. Selection: Based on the comparison results, choose the utility provider that best meets your needs and budget. Consider factors such as price, customer reviews, contract terms, and any additional services or benefits offered. Contract Negotiation: Once you've chosen a new provider, our team can help negotiate the contract terms and rates on your behalf. Switching Process: The switching service will coordinate the transition with your current supplier and the new provider. This may involve submitting termination notices, arranging meter readings, and scheduling the activation of new services. Enjoy the Savings: After the switch, you'll start receiving services from your new provider, typically at the agreed-upon rates. You will notice savings on your utility bills, providing you with cost advantages for your business. Remember, the exact process may vary depending on the type of utility you are switching, but our switching service aims to simplify the process and assist you at every step.
  • Who are the cheapest business utility providers?
    As market conditions and prices fluctuate regularly, it's challenging to provide an up-to-date and definitive list of the cheapest business utility providers. The prices we provide you are valid and available on the day of the quote and will provide most current and competitive deals available. Our switching service helps you compare prices and offers from multiple suppliers, ensuring you have the most accurate and relevant information to make an informed decision about your business utility provider.
  • What is energy procurement?
    Energy procurement is the process of sourcing, negotiating, and securing energy contracts to meet the specific needs of a business. It involves analysing energy consumption patterns, understanding market trends, and negotiating with suppliers to obtain the best possible rates and contract terms.
  • Why is energy procurement important for my business?
    Energy procurement ensures that your business secures energy contracts that are both cost-effective and aligned with your operational needs. Proper energy procurement can lead to significant cost savings, budget predictability, and reduced risks associated with volatile energy markets.
  • How does The Smart Energy Company help with energy procurement?
    We specialise in analysing your energy consumption, understanding your specific needs, and leveraging our relationships with over 20 suppliers to negotiate the best possible contracts on your behalf. Our team ensures you get optimal rates, flexible terms, and contracts that align with your business goals.
  • How do you ensure I get the best energy rates?
    Our team continuously monitors the energy market, staying updated with trends, price fluctuations, and supplier offerings. Coupled with our in-depth analysis of your energy needs and consumption patterns, we negotiate with suppliers to secure rates that are both competitive and suited to your business.
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    Transparency is a core value at The Smart Energy Company. We provide a clear breakdown of any commission we earn as a company when you come to agree any new energy contract. This is typically included as an uplift in your unit rate and paid to us by the supplier you chose to go to. Our primary goal is to secure the best energy deals for you, with no hidden costs.
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