As part of our “I’m voting as…” series of articles, we’ll be showcasing some of the most exciting growth companies in the UK. Asking the leaders of these businesses how recent progress has been, what the future has in store and the policies they would like to see introduced, we hope it will provide a colourful look at a major demographic of the electorate ? entrepreneurs and business owners.Who are you and what does your business do? I am Phil Foster, CEO of Love Energy Savings. Love Energy Savings is a price comparison website which specialises in helping business owners not only improve their profits through cost savings, but also help them save valuable time in the process of comparing and switching suppliers. In the last three years we have helped over 36,000 business save over ?56m on energy bills ? and that number continues to grow. We not only aim to provide business with information about the best tariff, but we are also committed to inspiring energy efficiency and green energy use ? which is why we have launched our Love Energy Savings Awards this year to recognise those businesses and individuals which are going the extra mile to become more eco-friendly. How has your business changed over the last five years? Over the last few years, Love Energy Savings has become increasingly relevant to businesses. Energy prices have steadily been rising and are now roughly 80 per cent higher than five years ago. As a result my business has had to work harder to provide the service we promised. We have seen our team grow as more and more businesses come to us for advice and guidance. We have had to come up with new ways of working and become more open to advocating alternative energy sources. Personally I have become a lot more aware of how much energy our business uses on a day-to day basis. What are your growth plans for the next five years? The EU?s 2030 carbon emission targets, falling oil prices, potential price freezes and the debate over fracking means that the energy market will be entering into an era of increasing uncertainty. With utility share prices already upsetting the City, energy is increasingly becoming a hot topic. As a result I am seeing a real future for the services Love Energy Savings provides, but I also forsee challenges. In five years? time I want us to become a leading voice in the energy sector, providing thought leadership and expert advice to businesses of all shapes and sizes. I want us to provide more than a financial service I want us to be an information service too. Read more from our general election coverage:
- Matthew Hancock: The facts should be checked before Labour starts to make wishes
- Chuka Umunna: ?We have to stop gold plating European rules and regulations?
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