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Welcome to the Direct Business Solutions blog, where we keep you updated with the latest insights, trends, and news in the energy management industry. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing valuable information to help businesses like yours thrive.

May 21, 2024
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Understanding Electric Vehicle Energy Tariffs

Some energy suppliers offer tariffs specifically designed for electric vehicle (EV) users, but many EV drivers are uncertain whether these tariffs are actually beneficial. We’ve outlined what these tariffs are and what they offer to help you make an informed decision.

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May 21, 2024
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Understanding Energy Baskets - Business Energy Contracts

Energy baskets can be a useful tool to help businesses with low-level energy consumption to achieve lower rates than they would if they signed a typical standalone contract.

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May 21, 2024
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Harnessing Thermal Batteries to Enhance Energy Security

Thermal batteries could be the key to reducing carbon emissions throughout hightened energy demand.

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May 21, 2024
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The UK's First Heat Pump Tariff Released

One of the UK's leading energy suppliers has launched the country's first heating pump tariff and it claims to undercut the current energy price cap.

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May 21, 2024
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Experts Suggest Switching to Renewables Could Create a Price Surge

Experts claim that switching to renewable energy could increase household energy bills by £29bn per year, despite the promise of cheap green energy.

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May 20, 2024
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EV Batteries Could Power Homes and Cut Energy Bills

New EV technology could be used to help families power their homes and reduce their energy bills.

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May 20, 2024
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Understanding Electric Vehicles: Myths and Misconceptions

Electric vehicle numbers are on the rise, so we're setting the record straight about them.

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May 20, 2024
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Household Hydrogen Heating Scheme Blocked

The UK Government has halted a third test of hydrogen as a method to heat homes.

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May 10, 2024
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EU To Fund Seven New Renewable Hydrogen Projects

The EU is investing more than £620 million across seven renewable energy projects

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May 9, 2024
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Hydrogen Power Plants: What Are They, and How Do They Work?

What is hydrogen energy, how can we make use of it and how does it actually work?

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May 7, 2024
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Plans for New Battery Storage Facility in the Works

Plans for several new battery storage facilities have been approved across the UK, including a 20-megawatt facility in the countryside near the M5.

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May 2, 2024
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Batteries Could Help Save £800 on Energy Bills

At a time when so many are struggling with their energy costs, it is more important to take the steps to minimise bills. Renewable technology can be a great tool to help reduce expenses over time.

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April 30, 2024
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Batteries Could be Key to Energy Security and Climate Goals

Batteries play a crucial role in securing future energy needs.

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April 25, 2024
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Plans to Triple UK Offshore Wind Manufacturing Within a Decade

The UK has set out plans to triple offshore wind manufacturing capabilities within the next decade. A move which is expected to generate an economic boost of £25bn.

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April 24, 2024
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The World's Largest Floating Windfarm to be Built off the Coast of UK

How will the world's largest floating offshore wind farm affect the world of renewable wind power?

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April 22, 2024
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Understanding Nuclear Energy: What is it and How Does it Work?

Is Nuclear Energy the Future? Learn this and more in our Nuclear Energy guide.

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April 16, 2024
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Letter of Authority: What is it and Why is it Needed?

What is a Letter of Authority, and why do we need them? Learn all about LOAs and their uses in our simple guide.

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April 16, 2024
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Electricity Standing Charges Surge, Claims Experts

Energy companies have reportedly made more than £420 billion in profits since the energy crisis began, according to experts from the End Fuel Poverty Coalition.

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April 12, 2024
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Multimillion Pound Nuclear Reactor Project Approved in Hartlepool

British engineering group, Babcock, has been granted a multimillion-pound investment by the UK government to build a fleet of mini nuclear reactors in Hartlepool, North East of England.

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April 10, 2024
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A Guide to Waste Management for Businesses

Our guide to business waste management will help youunderstand how waste management works and why your business will benefit from implmenting a clear strategy.

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April 10, 2024
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Energy Procurement - The Ultimate 2024 Business Guide

Learn everything you need to know about energy procurement for your business in 2024 with expert guidance.

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April 8, 2024
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Understanding the New April 2024 Energy Price Cap

The new energy price cap came into force on the first of this month (April 2024), and it has dropped by 12.3% – meaning energy bills are at their lowest in two years.

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April 8, 2024
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Enhancing Sustainability in Meetings: Our Partnership with MIA

We are excited to announce our latest partnership with Meetings Industry Association. MIA are an esteemed organisation which promote excellence within the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions industry.

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April 2, 2024
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Why are Millions of Smart Meters Faulty?

According to data from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), 4.31 million smart meters in the UK aren’t working correctly, leading to reporting and billing errors from suppliers.

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March 26, 2024
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Rishi Sunak to Invest £750 Million into UK Nuclear Industry

On Monday 25th March 2024, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the UK government will invest more than £200 million in the nuclear industry over the next decade. Additional funds of up to £550 million aim to boost the UK’s energy security and national security in nuclear energy.

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March 25, 2024
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Energy Bills to Fall with £75million Energy Efficiency Scheme

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) aims to bring down energy bills and reduce fuel poverty by funding energy efficiency upgrades, including heat pumps, insulation, and double glazing.

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March 25, 2024
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National Grid UK: £58bn Upgrade Needed to Hit Net Zero Target

The National Grid has claimed that £58 billion worth of upgrades are needed for the British energy grid if the UK hopes to meet its Net Zero targets.

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March 21, 2024
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UK Windfall Tax on Oil and Gas Companies Extended

The windfall tax on oil and gas companies has been extended an additional year, it will remain in place until March 2029.

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March 21, 2024
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UK To Import Electricity From US Via Transatlantic Power Cable

A huge upgrade for the UK's energy infastrucutre, in the form of a submarine power cable across the Atlantic from the US to the UK.

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January 31, 2024
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Why Your Business Needs Effective Water Management

Discover key strategies for effective Business Water Management. Learn how to reduce water footprint, employ new technologies, and promote sustainability for cost savings and environmental responsibility.

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January 31, 2024
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Why Non-Commodity Charges are Increasing

Non commodity Charges relate to the associated delivery and management of your energy supply, with some charges increasing through energy subsidies and schemes, how could this affect your energy costs?

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January 16, 2024
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Insight – Visualise Your Business's Energy Management

Insight is a tool which helps you visualise your business's energy consumption, from your annual CO2 emissions to a heatmap of your usage hour by hour, it can help you take back control of your energy.

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January 10, 2024
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Sir Keir Starmer Pledges to Deliver Clean Energy by 2030!

Keir Starmer, the current Labour Party leader, has reiterated his pledge to supply clean energy to the UK by 2030. The target includes quadrupling offshore wind, doubling onshore wind, tripling solar power, backing nuclear power, and a £28bn annual investment.

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January 5, 2024
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Navigating the Future of UK Energy Prices: Insights for 2024

While 2024 promises some relief in energy costs for UK residents, staying ahead of market trends and making strategic choices is essential for weathering the fluctuating energy landscape.

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January 4, 2024
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Understanding Labour's Plan for Great British Energy

If elected, the Labour party aims to launch a government-run energy company. Their primary goals are to reduce energy costs and create numerous jobs in the energy sector across the country.

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December 6, 2023
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Understanding Your Energy Bill: Standing Charges

Is your standing charge a maoral hazard and why might they be removed in the near future?

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November 29, 2023
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The Rise of Solar Power in Business and Home Energy Solutions

Solar power is officially the fastest-growing and largest contributor to new generating capacity in the United States, according to a new report.

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November 22, 2023
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Doubling Down on Renewables: A 2030 Vision

Looking towards 2030, the renewable energy sector is on the brink of a transformative era.

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November 15, 2023
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Could There be More Energy Bill Support This Winter?

With energy prices on the rise once again, could we be set for more energy bill support from the Government?

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November 13, 2023
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Ameresco Poll - The Energy Intensive Discount Scheme

The lack of awareness around the Energy Intensive Industries Discount Scheme is a call to action for all stakeholders in the energy sector.

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November 8, 2023
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King's Speech: The UK's Energy Independence and Green Transition

The King's speech paints a picture of a future where energy is not only secure and affordable but also clean and sustainable.

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November 2, 2023
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What is the COP28 Blue Zone?

What is the COP28 Blue Zone and what is it all about?

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October 31, 2023
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The Dawn of Green Tech: IEA Forecasts a Fossil Fuel Decline

What has the recent forecast by the IEA told us about the future of fossil fuels?

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October 25, 2023
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Another Energy Price Rise? UK's Offshore Wind Auction Failure

The recent failure of the UK's latest offshore wind auction serves as a wake-up call for policymakers and stakeholders alike.

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October 17, 2023
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How is the Israel & Hamas Conflict Effecting the Energy Market

How will current conflicts around the world impact the energy industry, and will it push back our sustinability efforts?

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October 12, 2023
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Announcing Our Game-Changing Partnership with Goalball UK

We are thrilled to announce our landmark partnership with Goalball UK, an esteemed organisation that champions inclusivity through sport for people with visual impairments.

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October 11, 2023
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The Renewable Energy Transition: Cost and Affordability

While the transition to renewable energy comes with upfront costs, the long-term benefits, both economic and environmental, are substantial.

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October 5, 2023
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The Energy Management Summit 2023

Our director of Direct Trading Solutions, Kieran Dixon, will be attending the 2023 Energy Management Summit.

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October 3, 2023
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Energy Price Forecast Predicts Price Cap Increase In Early 2024

In a climate of uncertainty, one thing is clear: the energy industry is at a crossroads, and the decisions made now will have long-lasting implications for households across the UK.

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September 27, 2023
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Record Emissions in the Global Energy Sector

The latest IEA report serves as a wake-up call for all of us. The record-breaking emissions from the energy sector are a stark reminder of the urgent need for action.

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September 20, 2023
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Changing Net-Zero Targets: What It Means for Your Business

While the UK government's potential softening of its net-zero targets may bring short-term relief to some, it raises questions about the country's long-term commitment to combating climate change.

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September 14, 2023
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The Picasso Privacy Awards – Our Shortlisted Team Member

Our very own Louis Ricci has been shortlisted for a Picasso Privacy Award, and we sat down with him to get more of an insight.

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September 13, 2023
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The Pros and Cons of Air-to-Air Heat Pumps

Air-to-air heat pumps offer numerous benefits as a sustainable and efficient heating and cooling solution.

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September 6, 2023
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Will Energy Prices Rise Again in Winter 2023?

Due to the recent energy crisis, the question ‘Will energy prices rise again?’ is being asked constantly, and for good reason. With the price spikes over the past few years, domestic and commercial energy customers have the right to be nervous about high energy prices and how they could affect their living and business situations.

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August 31, 2023
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How to Make Your Business Sustainable - With Expert Opinions

Sustainability in business seems complicated, but our experts can help you find the right path towards a future-proof business.

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August 23, 2023
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Wind-Powered Cargo Ship Sets Sail - The Future of Cargo Shipping

Are wind-powered cargo ships the future? WindWings could be the key to zero-carbon shipping!

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August 15, 2023
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The Role of Data Analytics in Business Decision Making

Data analytics is the compass guiding businesses through the digital age. By harnessing its power, businesses can not only survive but thrive, making informed decisions that drive growth and innovation.

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August 9, 2023
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Marketing on a Budget: Effective Strategies for Small Businesses

Marketing on a budget may seem daunting, but with the right strategies, it's an achievable goal

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August 2, 2023
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The Direct Business Solutions and Birtley Town FC Partnership

DBS and Birtley Town FC are excited to announce another year of partnership for the 23/24 season!

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July 26, 2023
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How to Automate Your Social Media Management

Choosing the right social media automation tool can significantly improve your online presence. With this guide, you're well-equipped to make an informed decision.

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July 19, 2023
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Navigating Permits and Regulations for SMEs

Navigating permits and regulations for any kind of business is a maze full of traps and puzzles, and for SMEs, this is no different.

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July 13, 2023
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Direct Business Solutions at The Royal Welsh Show

This year we will be at The Royal Welsh Show, talking to many individuals and businesses about their energy needs, and hopefully helping them in any way we can.

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July 12, 2023
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How To Register a Limited Company (LTD)

Registering a limited company (LTD) is a process which requires a lot of information, planning and knowledge, meaning you need to be prepared when registering.

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July 4, 2023
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The Ultimate Guide to Helping SMEs Embracing E-Commerce

Embracing e-commerce can help to elevate and evolve your business. Pushing you towards growth!

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June 28, 2023
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Geothermal Energy – Powering the Future

Geothermal energy offers a promising future for sustainable and clean power generation. What is the future of this power source?

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June 21, 2023
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How EV Schemes are Helping Businesses Drive into the Future!

The transition towards sustainable transportation has gained significant momentum, with electric vehicles (EVs) becoming increasingly popular.

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June 7, 2023
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Direct Business Solution at the Royal Cornwall Show

This year will be at the Royal Cornwall Show, talking to many individuals about their business’s energy needs, and hopefully helping them in any way we can.

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June 7, 2023
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Heat Pumps for Businesses Explained

Heat pumps offer numerous advantages for businesses, including energy efficiency, cost savings, environmental benefits, and versatile applications.

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June 1, 2023
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Supporting Greener Commuting Within Your Business

Embracing greener commuting practices is an integral part of building a sustainable and environmentally responsible business.

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May 24, 2023
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Thin Film Solar Panels: Harnessing the Power of Sunlight

Thin film solar panels offer a flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective solution for harnessing solar energy.

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May 17, 2023
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Microgrids: Pioneering the Path to Energy Independence in the UK

Microgrids are self-contained energy systems that offer numerous advantages, including enhanced energy resilience and improved energy efficiency.

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May 11, 2023
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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund is an important program that is accelerating the energy transition in the industrial sector. The fund provides financial support to businesses in the UK to invest in energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes.

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May 4, 2023
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Setting Sail Towards Net-Zero: The Green Port of Aberdeen

The Port of Aberdeen is planning to become the world's first net-zero port. Will others follow in their footsteps?

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April 20, 2023
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Energy Price Forecasts and What our Experts Predict for 2025

Energy prices have risen to extreme highs over the past few years. How do we use price forecasts to mitigate the effects and plan for the future?

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April 13, 2023
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Energy Account Management for your Business

Energy consultancy account management is a critical aspect of energy consultancy services. It provides businesses with ongoing support to manage their energy usage, costs, and environmental impact, leading to cost savings, increased sustainability, improved energy efficiency, and regulatory compliance.

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April 5, 2023
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The Impact of Energy Subsidies and Taxes on the Energy Industry

Subsidies can have positive economic, social, and environmental effects, but they can also lead to unintended consequences and distortions in the energy market.

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March 28, 2023
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What is Sustainable Farming?

Discover the essential practices for sustainable farming and how they can lead to a more profitable and environmentally-friendly farm.

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March 20, 2023
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Calum French Adds Another Win to his Record

On the 18th March Calum took his record to an impressive 4-0-0, cementing himself as a future star in the boxing world, and we are happy to support him along the way!

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March 15, 2023
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Is Buying Carbon Offsets the Right Choice for you?

What is carbon offsetting? and it is the right choice for your business? We have taken in deep dive into the working of carbon offsetting to give you the answer.

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March 6, 2023
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Introducing the Direct Business Group

The trio of companies to complete the Direct Business Group are finally here!

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February 28, 2023
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Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics in the Energy Industry

As the world seeks to reduce energy consumption and emissions, AI & data analytics play a crucial role in the energy industry.

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February 15, 2023
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The role of smart cities in creating a more sustainable future!

The future of urban living will come down to the innovation of smart cities over the coming years, solving the issues that come with urbanisation such as traffic congestion, energy consumption and sustainability.

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February 7, 2023
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The Impact of Electric Vehicles on the Energy Industry

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has been a game-changer for the automotive industry, but its impact has also been felt in the energy sector.

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February 2, 2023
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Nuclear Energy, the shaky history, and the hopeful future

Nuclear energy has a long and fascinating history, marked by ground-breaking discoveries and major technological advancements.

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January 19, 2023
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The British Canoeing Delivery Partners Conference

On the 26th of January DBS will be attending and taking part in the Delivery Partners Conference for British Canoeing.

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January 19, 2023
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Optimising Your Business's Water Bill

Keeping your business's water bill can be a struggle, but with some advice and guidance from industry experts, you can keep them low and under control.

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January 18, 2023
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The Direct Trading Solutions Corporate Channel

We have officially launched our corporate channel! Bringing the skills of many together to help more companies than ever take control of their business's energy!

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January 10, 2023
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Government Scaled Back Energy Support Scheme

After the current business energy support scheme is set to end in April, the Government has now offered a scaled-back £5.5bn in government support to fight ongoing price increases. Costing the taxpayer £12.5bn less than the previous scheme.

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December 15, 2022
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Everything you need to know about Energy Management Software

Understanding the benefits that Energy Management Software can have on your business.

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December 8, 2022
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Should I Fix My Energy Prices Until 2024?

What type of energy tariff should you choose for your business during times of volatility within the energy industry?

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November 29, 2022
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Autumn Statement: What this means for businesses

Information that could impact business in regard to energy from the recent Autumn Statement.

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November 9, 2022
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Why are Electric Cars Taking Over?

Electric Vehicles have taken over the world with their boom in popularity!

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November 3, 2022
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What Is COP27 and Why is it Important for Net-Zero?

Understanding COP27 and what it entails.

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November 2, 2022
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Government Scheme for Business Energy Bills

A brief understanding of the new energy bill relief scheme.

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October 10, 2022
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What is World Mental Health Day?

Worl mental Health Day is a day to help raise awareness and support good mental health for all.

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September 22, 2022
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Is The Energy Crisis Here to Stay? Possibly...

An update on the current energy climate surrounding UK businesses.

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September 14, 2022
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Sustainable Technologies

We are constantly hearing about new technologies that are going to ‘change the world’ and ‘bring us closer to net-zero’, however, these never seem to come into fruition and seem to get lost in the constant flow of exciting news being thrown at us on the internet.

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July 28, 2022
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What is Jet-Zero and Why is it Important?

Jet Zero is a plan to take the aviation industries carbon emissions to zero by the year 2050. This is a monumental task, as every second, 10 tonnes of jet fuel is burnt by the industry.

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July 6, 2022
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Why are energy prices still so high?

During mid to late 2021 the crisis began, gas, electricity, and petrol prices started to rise at an expeditious rate.

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May 23, 2022
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British Canoeing Partnership

We are pleased to announce that DBS are now an official partner of British Canoeing. We will now be supplying their delivery partners and stakeholders with sustainable energy solutions, helping them make the steps towards net-zero sport across the UK.

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