Industry sector: Manufacturing

Furniture maker: Heat and light

You will be billed every quarter for all the electricity and any gas you have used in the business.

Until you have been trading for a few months you will not know exactly how much energy the business will use. Your energy supplier may be able to give you some guidance, based on the size of your premises and the nature and number of machines and equipment you will be using. You can adjust the figures once you have been in the premises for a few months to make your financial forecast more accurate.

It's worth shopping around the different energy companies to get the best deal for your business, particularly if you're going to be a heavy energy user.

If your premises are going to be large it's well worth making sure that they are as efficient as possible to heat. Think about which parts of the premises need to be heated and which don't. Try to make sure that the areas you heat have low ceilings and are well insulated and draft proof.

Climate Change Levy

UK businesses are liable for the Climate Change Levy (CCL), an energy tax that can add around 15% to typical energy bills. Intensive energy users such as large factories can join the CCL Discount Scheme which reduces the tax payable provided certain targets are met.