Energy firm in floods offer

BES director and co-founder Michelle Davidson

BES director and co-founder Michelle Davidson

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Fleetwood-based Energy supplier BES Utilities today offered financial help to businesses hit by the recent floods.

More than 6,000 homes and businesses were flooded by Storm Desmond alone and many companies now face an uncertain future, and even closure, due to damage to buildings and ruined stock.

The floods we have witnessed over the past fortnight have been horrendous and many businesses now face closure

Michelle Davidson

In a bid to help those businesses get back on their feet, BES has written to all its customers in the affected areas with the offer of financial assistance.

It is offering to freeze or write off gas and electricity bills and replace damaged metering equipment free of charge.

BES director and co-founder Michelle Davidson said: “The floods we have witnessed over the past fortnight have been horrendous and many businesses now face closure.

“We are keen to support our customers and there are various ways we may be able to help, either through replacing metering equipment or by offering financial support to businesses until they are able to get things back up and running. “Through our market leading BES Fund we can help with payment of electricity and gas charges so customers can get their business back on their feet.”

The BES Fund – the first of its kind in the UK for non-domestic customers – was launched in September. It supports self-employed and small business customers who find themselves in financial difficulty and struggling to pay their utility bills.

It is independently administered by Charis Grants, experts in the field of hardship funds.

BES, which has more than 40,000 non-domestic customers across the UK, is asking customers hit by flooding to contact them via email at fundqueries@besutilities.co.uk or by phone on 0844 5678 427.