Shock as Lancashire energy firm ceases trading

More than 100,000 customers were today reeling after the sudden closure of a Preston-based energy supplier.

Monday, 28th November 2016, 9:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 4:42 pm
Luke Watson, managing director of GB Energy

GB Energy Supply, based at Broughton, has ceased trading.

It has assured customers that their supplies will continue.

In a message on its website, managing director Luke Watson said: “It is with regret that we are informing you that GB Energy Supply is no longer trading and therefore you will be unable to access our website at this time.

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“Due to swift and significant increases in energy prices over recent months and, as a small supplier our inability to forward buy energy to allow us to access the best possible wholesale prices, means that the position of the business has become untenable and as such we will now be entering a process overseen by Ofgem to move you to a new supplier.

“Customers will be contacted soon by their new supplier with more information on how this process will affect them.”

GB Energy Supply was established in November 2014 by Preesall-born Mr Watson with the aim of being the cheapest energy provider on the market.

For more details, see tomorrow’s paper or check online for updates.