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Rising Standing Charges: The FSB's Call for Clarity and Fairness for Small Businesses

Recent reports from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have cast a spotlight on the burdensome rise in standing charges for small firms across the UK. With increases reportedly soaring to 12 times the original fees, the FSB is taking a stand for transparency and fairness in the energy sector.


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The Dire Reality for Small Businesses Facing Soaring Charges

In a striking revelation, the FSB has exposed instances where small businesses have seen their standing charges escalate by up to twelve times. For example, an auto parts retailer in Dorset has seen daily charges jump from a mere 70p to an astonishing £9.69. Similarly, a tech company in the Highlands reported an increase from 32p to £7.50 per day. Such dramatic rises translate to thousands of pounds in additional annual energy costs, causing not just budgetary strain but also uncertainty and frustration among business owners.


Case by Case: The Real-World Consequences


A Dorset auto parts retailer and a Highland tech company have become alarming benchmarks for the excessive standing charge increases imposed by some energy suppliers.


These specific examples underscore the unsustainable financial burden placed on businesses, particularly those that already operate with thin margins in competitive markets.


The FSB's Propositions for a Fairer Charge System

The FSB has responded to these alarming trends with a set of propositions aimed at protecting small businesses:

  • Transparency: A call for energy suppliers to clarify the rationale behind the calculation of standing charges.

  • Fairness: A suggestion to remove costs associated with the supplier of last resort scheme from standing charges.

  • Equity: An appeal to address the disparity in charges between rural and urban-based businesses, which exacerbates regional inequalities.


Towards a Solution: The FSB's Advocacy for Change


The FSB urges a cooperative approach between Ofgem and energy providers to reform the standing charges system, advocating for small businesses' rights to fair billing.


The Ongoing Debate on Standing Charges


Reflecting on the Smart Energy Company's recent discussion in "Ofgem's Final Call: Have Your Say on Energy Standing Charges", this issue is not new, but the FSB's report brings renewed urgency to the table.

This blog serves as a continuation of our ongoing analysis and provides a space for business owners to understand and engage with these critical developments.


The FSB's allegations against certain energy suppliers over standing charge increases are a wake-up call for transparency and reform. It's a complex issue that requires collective efforts to ensure small businesses can continue to operate without disproportionate financial strain.


Worried about how rising energy standing charges could impact your business? It's time for clarity and a fair deal on your energy costs. Contact the Smart Energy Company now for a bespoke energy quote that considers your unique business needs and helps you navigate the complexities of energy pricing.





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