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Editor: David Keighley
21st March 2013

Many UK businesses face problems planning an energy policy according to new research by energy supplier npower, which has asked over 500 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) about their attitudes to business and energy planning. Over half the companies surveyed said they could only manage to plan ahead for the next 6-12 months.

And while 56 per cent do take a planned approach to their energy consumption, only a quarter said they currently implement energy efficiency measures, with many complaining that the day-to-day running of their business prevents them from making long-term plans.

From the responses to its survey, npower has produced 'Small steps, giant leaps', an online infographic that highlights energy-related problems that have faced a number of SMEs. It also looks at ways of tackling the issue of energy supply planning. For more information visit


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esApprenticeships to combat water sector skills shortage
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abFast chargers help Northern Ireland to go the distance
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dyCollaboration to develop fuels to aid sustainable transportation
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eoMeters integrate into energy management systems
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syScanning technology provides efficient biomass storage data
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David Keighley

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