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COUNCIL officials are urging businesses to switch on to better energy deals.

Northumberland County Council has launched a new initiative to try to help local businesses save money on their energy bills.

The authority has teamed up with iChoosr and energy comparison and switching service Make It Cheaper to offer free assistance.

Council Policy Board Member for Planning, Housing and Regeneration Alan Hepple said: “This is something which we need to do – to encourage as many businesses as possible to make savings on their energy bills.

“Experience suggests that this will also trigger them to look at their bills and think about ways to reduce their energy consumption.”

The initiative follows the success of the council’s Ready To Switch collective energy-purchasing scheme for residents, which saw almost 10,000 households register to save money.

The new programme is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises in Northumberland after research showed that four out of five businesses are not taking action to reduce their energy bills and are paying on average 35 per cent more than they could be.

Any businesses interested in the scheme should call free on 0800 092 5562.

They will speak to a business energy expert, who can help determine when the business can switch and how much they could save.

The system promises an independent and unbiased comparison of the whole market, it is free to use and free of obligation.

Make It Cheaper will oversee any hand-over and there will be no interruption to supply.

For more information, or to register, visit www.readytoswitch.co.uk