Approximately 3.2 million small businesses have experienced unfavourable interactions with energy brokers in the past year.
A recent survey* has shed light on a range of damaging practices within the energy broker sector.
- The concealment of commissions.
- Excessive commissions.
- Coercing businesses into unfavourable energy contracts.
- Employing aggressive cold-calling tactics.
- Brokers have also been found impersonating energy suppliers.
This behaviour needs to be exposed and we need transparency in the market.
We need to stand up for SMEs to help drive down bills –
ProQure are already delivering results.
To start with, our commission rates are among the lowest in the market.
Also, ProQure is regulated by the Energy Ombudsman.
We offer our clients a full energy market review and will give you a detailed view of the best offers available from the top 6 main suppliers and a selection of the financially secure and established smaller providers.
We will recommend the supplier who we consider makes the best offer but ultimately, leave the final decision to you.
We were asked to help a client who had just received a contract from a large construction company. They asked if we were able to reduce the budget for the energy contract and a landmark London venue. In 36 hours, we saved them over 30% against their existing quote.
As a result of this we still work with them, and their construction client.
*Survey conducted 23-28th June 2023 encompassing responses from 1,000 SME in the UK
A significant portion, 38% of the respondents, have reported unsolicited contact through persistent cold calls and spam emails.
Around a third or 36%, have revealed that their dealings with energy brokers have led to feelings of stress.
Nearly 24% of respondents expressed that they felt pressured to change their energy supplier due to interactions with brokers.
Notably, 20% have encountered brokers who falsely posed as energy suppliers during their interactions.
According to the survey, a significant 78% of small businesses are calling for brokers to clearly state their commissions at the point of sale.
Furthermore, 70% of respondents are advocating for a cap on broker commissions, highlighting the urgent need for stricter regulations.
Inflation and the cost-of-living crisis have increased pressures on small businesses to colossal levels.