Hotel Cost Management Support – Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme

Reflecting on last week’s reaction to the Chancellors’ “mini-budget” it would be easy to get swept away in the chaos and anger played out in the media on what might happen next. However, there is still good news by focusing on what we can control at an individual business level.  Our article last week summarized recent turnaround case studies, where early intervention planning prevented terminal outcomes. The energy bill relief will play a crucial part in future turnarounds and as promised we set out the main scheme details.


In a bid to provide a degree of certainty for businesses, the Government announced the  Energy Bill Relief Scheme to help protect them from rising energy costs.

How does the Energy Bill Relief Scheme work?

The scheme which started on 1st October 2022, will provide energy bill relief for businesses in the form of a discount on gas and electricity unit prices.  The discount only applies to the wholesale cost of the energy.

The baseline “government supported price” will form the comparison to the estimated unit price a business would be paying during the period 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023. This will establish the wholesale discount.

The per kWh supported price has been set at:

  • £0.21 per KWH for electric
  • £0.075 per KWH for gas

The relief on current wholesale energy prices should therefore be around 40%. The table below demonstrates KWH costs and distribution margins, with the 67p typical unit cost pre-the 1st of October.

Energy Bill relief scheme discount
Energy Bill relief scheme discount


The scheme will run for a six-month period from 1st October 2022 with a review after the initial 3 months. This will establish ongoing support after March 2023 for vulnerable industries.

Who is eligible?

The scheme is available to all businesses in England, Scotland and Wales who are:

  • On existing fixed price contracts that were agreed on or after 1 April 2022
  • Signing new fixed-price contracts
  • On deemed/out of contract variable tariffs
  • Flexible tariffs

The p/KWH government support for comparable contracts will be the same across suppliers, but the level of individual bills will vary. A similar scheme is due for Northern Ireland.

Help is at hand

As the energy relief only impacts your bill’s wholesale element, there’s still a need for businesses to look at energy management as suppliers continue to compete to offer the best prices.  We work with a network of specialist partners, including energy brokers who support Assured Hotels’ experienced team.

In addition to the short-term support and switching energy suppliers, we have the resource and expertise to identify initiatives to improve cash flow. This will include meterage improvements and CAPEX projects, all driving a green ethos that will improve margins.

Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme Case Study
Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme Case Study

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Mathew Griffin, Managing Director, Assured Hotels Assured Hotels

Dawn McHardy, Business Development Manager, EV Solutions