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From Shale Gas to Tight Oil

March 31, 2014

From Shale Gas to Tight Oil If you thought that fracking for shale gas was controversial, wait for the response to tight oil.  The Department for Energy and Climate Change has commissioned an initial survey by British Geographical Society on an area in southern England called The Weald.  Although much works needs to be done ...

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Budget 2014 – Good news for manufacturing businesses

March 20, 2014

Budget 2014 – Good news for manufacturing businesses Osborne has delivered what he promised – much needed help for the British Manufacturing Industry.  The Carbon Price Floor (a levy that is paid by power plant generators and passed on to their customers) will be frozen at 2016 rates until the end of the decade.  It ...

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Switching Energy Suppliers – new reforms!

February 27, 2014

Switching Energy Suppliers – new reforms! Andrew Wright, Chief Executive of Ofgem has highlighted the problems that small businesses face when switching energy suppliers.  Ofgem’s Standards of Conduct has targeted this area along with billing and contracting so that confidence in the energy market can be restored.  These reforms come into force on 31st March ...

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Presentation to Hoteliers

February 26, 2014

Presentation to Hoteliers Mark gave a talk earlier today to a group of hoteliers at Paultons Park about ways to reduce costs within the hotel industry.  He focused on two areas – energy and telecoms – and was delighted with the response he received.  If you would like more details about his presentation, please contact ...

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Incorrect Energy Bills!

February 11, 2014

Incorrect Energy Bills! Lewis Shand Smith, Chief Ombudsman, said on yesterday’s Today Programme, that the energy sector along with the retail sector are the two most complained about sectors in British Industry.  With regard to energy, the Ombudsmen Service has received a record number of complaints about inaccurate billing, difficulties in switching from one energy ...

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Energy Consumption – Office Equipment

January 20, 2014

Energy Consumption – Office Equipment Did you know that office equipment left on standby during weekends and bank holidays can cost small and medium sized businesses nearly £6000 a year? Office equipment uses 15% of total energy consumption in offices and as the fastest growing energy user in the business world, its usage is expected ...

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Energy Consumption – Heating

November 6, 2013

Energy Consumption – Heating Following on from last month’s article, another area that businesses can save money is heating.  Heating accounts for 20-40% of energy costs in a typical office environment and therefore is an area where substantial savings can be made. Control System: Adjustments to control and siting of panel can reduce costs – did ...

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Energy Consumption – Lighting

October 22, 2013

Energy Consumption – Lighting With energy prices continuing to rise, we are advising many of our clients to lock into a two or three year tariff thereby protecting themselves from future energy hikes.  However many businesses can reduce their energy consumption immediately by having an effective energy management scheme in place. Over the next few months, we ...

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Why Maxwell Grant?

April 2, 2013

Why Maxwell Grant? Many of our current clients have asked us “Why Maxwell Grant?”  As we are now able to offer clients a full range of procurement services, we decided we needed to change our name from Regional Comms.  Both the surnames Maxwell and Grant are family  names – the Maxwells from Dumfries in Scotland ...

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Cost Savings on Electricity

April 2, 2013

Cost Savings on Electricity There have been several articles in the Press recently about the rise in electricity prices so we were delighted to be able to negotiate a lower price for a retail outlet’s electricity supply.

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