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Catalyst Helps SMEs Stay Smart with Energy Consumption


March 23, 2009, Press Dispensary. One of the UK’s largest independent energy consultants and brokers, Catalyst Commercial Services Ltd, is launching a new website for the business energy market. The site features a range of energy recommendations for businesses seeking to control their energy costs in these credit crunching and carbon footprint-reducing times, as well as providing a new smart meter service for SMEs.

Catalyst operates independently within the marketplace and believes it is the first energy consultant to introduce an online application for smart meters targeted specifically at the SME sector. New licence conditions for the supply of electricity and gas will be introduced on April 6, 2009, as part of the government’s UK carbon reduction programme. Under this legislation, all Profile Class 05-08 electricity meters and gas metres consuming energy exceeding 732,000 kWh a year must be replaced by smart meters. Although consumers have until 2014 to change their existing meters, any new meter installed from January 1, 2009, must comply with the new metering code of practice.

The government is calling for open systems, so that any data collector can collect from any metering system, which will improve consumer choice. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is advising public sector organisations not to get locked into supplier contracts where metering is part of the agreement. The best option is to appoint an independent metering and data services provider, such as Catalyst, which supports the easy switching of energy suppliers.

Companies that switch their metering sooner rather than later will benefit from half hourly meter data that shows exactly where energy waste is occurring, which can bring about improvements in efficiency.

And now, thanks to Catalyst's vibrant, new website, small businesses can make informed choices about their energy provider and learn how to keep their consumption under control – just as domestic customers can benefit from sites such as uSwitch for their utility needs.

Catalyst has worked with UK companies to cut their energy costs since 2001 and is an expert in its field. Thanks to Catalyst, clients can make significant savings in their energy bills through well-informed procurement decisions, eliminating and recovering overpayments and managing their usage with the aid of consumption data reports and ongoing invoice analysis.

The new website also features energy market reports, news and blogs, guides and glossaries – so users can stay informed of the ins-and-outs of commercial energy services and monitor the ‘bigger picture’.

Chris Hurcombe, commercial director of Catalyst, comments: “Catalyst purchases energy on behalf of thousands of companies, ensuring that we have strong leverage within the marketplace. Our service is offered free of charge and our confidence is such that we don’t have contractual tie-ins with our clients. As well as helping with energy management, including energy efficiency and demand reduction schemes, Catalyst can help with other utility needs including gas, water and the smart meters which are about to become a legal requirement.”

He adds: “With the economic downturn going full throttle ahead, it’s time get to grips with your energy needs before they zap resources that could be used to help other areas of your business.”

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Notes for editors
Catalyst Commercial Services Ltd is an independent energy consultant and broker. Based in Birmingham, the company was launched in 2001 and employs 35 people. It aims “to be recognised as the leading provider of energy services to the business marketplace in the UK”. Clients include: The Money Shop, Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group, Dairy Crest Direct, Days Inn Hotels, Enterprise Rent-a-car and St Luke’s Hospital.

For further information, please contact:
Chris Hurcombe, director
Catalyst Commercial Services Ltd
Tel: 0870 710 7560

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Chris Hurcombe, director
Tel: 0870 710 7560