Managing Energy Costs: Ways to Minimise Financial Impact and Help Your Staff

13:00 - 14:00, 12th December 2022 | Online | Free to attend

The national chair of the Federation of Small Businesses recently stated that "a lot of small businesses are left with no choice but to up prices as their overheads spiral." However as the cost of living crisis affects consumer spending, SMEs need to remain as competitive as possible.

One of the biggest concerns for small businesses is how to reduce the impact of soaring energy costs this winter. To weather this storm, SMEs are looking to adapt and innovate to reduce energy waste, seek out new products and take advantage of government support. In this session, we will highlight some practical ways that businesses can manage their energy costs, signpost initiatives and schemes that can support SMEs and explore how business leaders can support their employees.

Our speakers will provide practical pointers on:

  • Guidance on monitoring energy use and mitigating waste
  • Exploring alternative energy sources and suppliers
  • How to access support schemes and initiatives to reduce bills
  • How business leaders can support their employees during the crisis

Our speakers


Duncan McCombie

CEO, YES Energy Solutions

Duncan has worked across the utility sector in a variety of senior positions, including key roles at Thames Water, Energy and Utility Skills, and the Energy Saving Trust in Wales and Ireland. Now CEO of YES Energy Solutions, Duncan is an energy efficiency advocate with a passion for delivering sustainable improvements that provide real tangible benefits for people, businesses and communities.

Portrait Martyn Young

Martyn Young

Finance and Governance Director, ZTP UK

Martyn is the finance and governance director of an energy consultancy. Before creating the consultancy in 2011, Martyn worked as a financial controller in a major food manufacturer. He has a volunteer role with the Federation of Small Businesses, helping them to develop their policy around energy. A CIMA qualified accountant, Martin uses analysis skills built over 43 years to help organisations understand and reduce their energy costs.


Jack Wilkinson-Dix

Policy Manager, Energy Saving Trust

Jack co-led Energy Saving Trust’s recent work for the UK Climate Change Committee. This project focuses on SME decarbonisation. It also provides UK policy expertise to the pan-European Leap4SME project focused on increasing the uptake of energy audits, and energy efficiency measures in SMEs across Europe.

Chris Taylor photo

Chris Taylor

Project Manager - Zero Carbon Business Partnership, Broadway Initiative

Chris has extensive experience in research and policy development for environmental sustainability and in developing information and data technology products for external stakeholders. Chris has a PhD in environmental policy and an MEng (Oxon) in engineering, economics and management. Chris is Broadway's delivery lead for


If you have any questions, please get in touch by email at or contact the Small Business Charter by phone on 020 7634 9584.