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Fluorescent Lightbulbs Ban 2023

Fluorescent lightbulbs 2023 ban – Is your business ready?

Legislation coming into force in September 2023 will see a ban on the sales of fluorescent lightbulbs across the UK. The move is part of the government’s long-term plans to tackle climate change, and follows a similar decision made in September 2021 to ban the sale of halogen bulbs.  In

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Energy Bills Discount Scheme explained for businesses

The Government’s Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) is due to end on 31st March 2023 and the UK’s businesses have now been provided with some detail on what support they can expect from April onwards. The £18 billion EBRS was announced in September, in response to the energy price crisis

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The Big Switch off 2025

In December 2025, UK telecommunications is set for its biggest shakeup in a generation. Known as ‘The Big Switch Off’, BT have announced that traditional telephony, including fixed lines and services in the Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) will be switched off and withdrawn from service. Moving forward, UK businesses

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Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement 2022: Business Impact

Ahead of the Autumn Statement, the eyes and ears of the UK public were keenly focused on one man on 17th November 2022 as Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced his first budget since assuming the role a mere four weeks earlier. Following the fallout of September 2022’s mini

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Restaurants: An Energy Guide

In the current climate, running costs are hitting businesses harder than ever. One industry under substantial pressure is hospitality, where energy consumption is inevitably high. In fact, according to data from the Carbon Trust, the catering industry uses 20,600 million kWh of energy each year.

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Triad season

Triad season presents opportunity to reduce future bills

It’s back! Triad season is upon us. The annual game of “guess the date” that determines part of your business’ energy bill is now underway. Triad season runs from November to the end of February and is used to determine the strain put on the UK’s transmission network.  This determines

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The Energy Bill Relief Scheme explained

The Energy Bill Relief Scheme explained

Today’s business Energy Bill Relief Scheme represents an unprecedented intervention in the modern business energy market by Prime Minster Liz Truss’ fledgling government. Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced a price cap on the wholesale cost of gas and electricity, which will ultimately reduce the price businesses will pay until

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6 reasons to use an energy consultant rather than go direct

Energy procurement is not a one-size-fits-all solution. So, when your contracts are coming up for renewal, who should you approach? Some businesses may contact the supplier directly, but is this the best course of action? What about approaching an energy consultant to do this on your behalf? An energy consultant can

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Energy VAT guide for businesses

Running costs are hitting businesses harder with the current state of trading and utilities markets. One area worth consideration to address this is business energy VAT. Are you eligible for the reduced rate? Could your business claim VAT back? In the following article, we’ll cover everything you need to know

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

About Paul

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.