Financial difficulty

We understand that this is a stressful time for business owners and bill payers who are dealing with a multitude of issues right now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting government measures to reduce transmission.

If you’re worried about paying your business energy bills, we encourage you to read the information below.

Steps to managing your business energy bills during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

Make sure you have a supply agreement in place

If your business recently moved into new premises supplied by SEFE Energy or your business supply contract with us recently ended, and you’re yet to sign a new one, it’s likely you’re being charged deemed or out of contract rates.  These rates are generally a lot higher than standard contract rates so you should quickly agree a new business energy contract with your chosen supplier.

To get a quote from SEFE Energy, please call 0161 814 9896.

Send monthly meter readings

If we don't have an up to date meter reading for your site, your monthly bill will be based on estimate consumption which means you may end up paying for energy that hasn’t been used.  To ensure your bills reflect your actual consumption, please send us a meter reading at the end of each month (unless there is an automated meter reading device attached to your meter).  You can submit a meter reading via any of the below channels:



Phone: 0161 837 3395

Take advantage of the government’s support measures

To support businesses at this challenging time, the UK government has announced greater protection for businesses and a package of financial measures that includes grants, loans, a business rate holiday and a VAT deferral.

We encourage you to visit the Government website to read about the protection and support your business will be given and apply for any of the additional schemes that are applicable to your business.  This will allow you to review your business’ cash flow and liquidity situation.

Ensure your business rates are correct

Business rates are levied on non-domestic properties used for commercial purposes; you'll want to check that you're being charged at the correct rate, especially if you've recently moved premises. Learn how business rates are calculated.

Request support from your energy supplier

If you’ve followed the above steps and you’re still worried about paying your business energy bills, we may be able to help. We’re committed to helping customers that are most affected by the coronavirus situation where possible.

To discuss what support SEFE Energy can offer your, please contact our Credit Control team:


Phone: 0161 837 3396