Smaller suppliers

Besides the Big Six (British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE), there are 35 smaller suppliers on the UK market. Together, these smaller suppliers have 2 million customers and account for 5% of the UK electricity and gas market.

There are several reasons why one would pick a smaller supplier for electricity and/or gas:

  • They are often cheaper than the Big Six.
  • They often specialise in a specific fuel (e.g., renewable energy).
  • They often have local history, having started in a specific county.

There are also several reasons why one would not pick a smaller supplier:

  • Smaller energy suppliers have smaller call-centres and customer care may not be as reliable.
  • It is often more difficult to get energy-saving advice from smaller suppliers.
  • Some smaller suppliers only provide one fuel (electricity or gas).
Who are the UK's smaller electricity and gas suppliers and what makes them better or worse? Find all the answers here.