It was time for us to move offices here at Dijitul, we had planned to move to the new one they’ve been building next to the bus station as it was new, initiative and awesome – then MDC decided to call it a silly name and were being extremely sketchy about the details – so we looked elsewhere.
We found an awesome office just on the outskirts of the town centre, and the second we walked in we had made our minds up 🙂
After moving all our stuff, and porting the phone line -we started working from here at 8am on the 16th of September. The SECOND we started working we were inundated with phone calls from companies claiming to be in charge or sorting our energy bills out – and despite me having a knack for spotting sales calls – these guys were convincing!
His name was Tony Becker and he called from Juicy Savings Ltd and was claiming to be my appointed energy broker calling to get me on a new tariff for our electricity. (NB i’ve only recently learned the name of Tonys employer – if I had heard him correctly on the phone this whole situation may have been resolved!)
He read me some details that you’d assume only someone legit could get, and then asked me to confirm a few more – he then proceeded to list the top 3 companies that could supply me with energy and the prices associated with them.
The top company was one called BES Utilities/Energy, and he read me the prices – all seemed fair enough. I agreed to go with them, he read some stuff out at 100 miles an hour and that was that.
My suspicions started being triggered when THE NEXT SECOND we had another call, same spiel, different company name… Then a few mins later…. And for the last two weeks time and time again – call after call, under various convincing company names, all saying the saaaaaaaaaaaaaame stuff.
Something smelled fishy, and it wasn’t a gas leak.
After some digging, and after reading up on the MSE website i realised that i had been done by a salesman and was potentially tied into a contract with a company that could scam me out of money for the duration of my contract term.
So if you move into a new commercial property, and someone calls you from;
- Central Network Meter Registrations
- The Meter Registration Service
- BES Energy
- Juicy Savings Ltd
Tell them to FOXTROT OSCAR (f off) and do the following;
Call MPAS (Meter Point Administration Service) on;
|Region & Distributor||Telephone number|
|Eastern England EDF Energy||0845 601 5467|
|East and West Midlands Central Networks||0845 603 0618|
|London EDF Energy||0845 600 0102|
|North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire Sp Power Systems and North Shropshire||0845 270 9101|
|North East England and CE Electric UK||0845 601 3268|
|North West United Utilities||0870 751 0093|
|North Scotland SSE Power Distribution||0345 026 2554|
|South Scotland SP Power Systems||0845 270 9101|
|South East England (Kent & EDF Energy parts of Sussex and Surrey)||0845 601 5467|
|Southern England SSE Power Distribution||0345 026 2554|
|South Wales Western Power Distribution||0845 601 5972|
|South West England Western Power Distribution||0845 601 5972|
Ask them who supplies your current electricity, and thats where you start! Not with a broker, or with some made up company trying to be the owner of all the worlds energy meters.
Contact your current supplier (in our case it was eON) and they will put your name on the account and quote you for your energy, you then can shop around at your own leisure if you wish.
If you are unsure and need indipendant advice, contact the UIA: http://uia.org.uk/
Hopefully in our case we can stop this before it gets too far – and hopefully this post will save others from the same headache!
One thing’s for sure, you realllllly shouldn’t try and scam web developers or SEO’ers – cos we can make your online life hell if we really wanted to 😉