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Editor: David Keighley
8th May 2014

Measures aimed at simplifying the way in which the UK's small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can choose to buy their energy have been announced by major supplier npower. Two new flexible prices plans - Fixed and Variable - are available now. And a third plan designed to bring to an end the controversial practice of contract auto-renewal will follow later this year.

"We have made our energy contracts as flexible as possible for SMEs, helping them to choose a simple contract that suits them and their specific needs at a given time," says npower's Phil Scholes. "Businesses can choose from two different plans based on what is important to their business, whether that is the ability to budget long-term or the flexibility to change contracts at short notice. We will be introducing a third plan later this year to coincide with our commitment not to auto-renew existing customers on fixed term contracts from November 2014."

Last year the Federation of Small Businesses and energy regulator Ofgem pressed the Government to ban the automatic rollover of energy contracts, with the FSB believing that many small businesses were unaware of the terms relating to contract rollovers.

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