Utility360 offers a complete energy management package to businesses across the UK; by controlling energy costs we can improve the efficiency and bottom line profits of businesses.
The choice of supplier and range of tariffs for businesses has expanded dramatically over recent years; there are now over 20 suppliers of gas and electricity in the UK. In addition, recent deregulation in the water industry and allows businesses to choose their supplier.
The business sector of the Energy Industry is more complex than the domestic market. Comparison websites do not always sufficiently interrogate customer needs and therefore in many cases do not offer a tailored solution for individual businesses.
Therefore, professional advice and guidance on energy management is essential to businesses who want to maximise efficiency, which is where Utlity360 franchisees come in.
Why choose a Utility360 franchise?
Utility360 is currently the only energy management franchise to be a member of the British Franchise Association (bfa).
Utility360 has relationships with all major energy suppliers, allowing our franchisees to obtain access to the most appropriate, specially negotiated tariffs for their customers.
Some franchises are seasonal, others are dependent on external factors such as economic growth, inflation and favorable exchange rates; a Utility360 franchise is not subject to such external risks making our proposition recession proof.
I have not looked back since I joined the Utility360 team. Their easy to use, bespoke portal enables me to compare Suppliers pricing efficiently, which in turn has helped my business to climb to a new level. My advice to anyone thinking of joining Utility360 is to do so without delay!" Sarah Sheppard
The role of a Utility360 franchisee
As a Utility360 franchisee, you are responsible for arranging initial meetings with businesses in your territory to discuss their energy management needs.
Once you have secured a client, you will be responsible for managing their utility bills, providing them with advice on saving energy, renegotiating and setting up contracts and ensuring that they are billed correctly. Tthroughout this process you will be liaising with your sales support team, who will provide back up on pricing and setting up the contracts with the suppliers.
How much does a Utility360 franchise cost?
The cost of a Utility360 franchise is £19,995 + VAT. For this we will provide:
- An exclusive territory*
- Systems and equipment to support your role
- Marketing provisions
- Ongoing training and support
- An initial 5 day training course at our Head Office
- A bespoke web based pricing tool
- Business cards
* Each territory (available across the UK) will include 4,000 target businesses of between 5 and 200 employees. You can sell our proposition to any business of any size, in addition to public sector outlets such as schools and recreational centres.
Banks may be able to lend up to 70% funding dependent on your financial history.
How we train and support you
"The training and technical help from Utility360 has been fantastic. Due to this and their ongoing support and I have been able to develop and grow a large customer base." Nikki Houghton
We offer a 10 day induction programme which will be held partly at our Cheshire headquarters and partly on territory.
The two major component parts of the programme are around knowledge and skills. Some examples of subject matter are shown below:
- The Franchise
- The Energy Sector
- Market regulation
- Electricity, Gas and Water
- Generic sales skills
- Pre- sales activity
- Appointment making
- The sales call
- Business planning
We know that you will be the key decision maker in the business but we will be there for you with help and advice every step of the way after the initial programme. For example, the territory based part of our training programme offers accompanied sales visits, call evaluations and on-going training throughout your first year.
Who are Utility360 looking for?
There is no model for the ideal franchisee. However, it would be fair to say that there are certain skills and characteristics that would be necessary to succeed as a Utility360 franchisee.
In terms of skills, effective communication, high levels of numeracy and an ability to understand technical matters would be critical to your success.
Determination, integrity, a desire to deliver excellent service harnessed to a strong work ethic and being a team player would be essential characteristics for a successful franchisee.