Small and micro businesses need the same level of protection as consumers when buying utilities, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The FSB argues that many small businesses are disadvantaged when choosing energy or water providers as they lack the resources and negotiating power of larger firms.

The FSB is therefore asking the Government to give the energy regulator the powers to:

  • treat micro businesses like domestic consumers except when there are clear reasons not to
  • make utility suppliers publish default tariffs for small businesses
  • protect businesses from mis-selling of products or services