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
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 https://blog.npower.com/?p=1419
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VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
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ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
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LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
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