Sixes & Sevens Cafe owner and Executive Chef Rob Crisp changed his business over to Flick following months of issues with his previous retailer.
“It was such a smooth and easy process to sign up with Flick. It was a real ordeal trying to sign up with my old power supplier as they struggled to separate my residential property from my business. But Flick got it first time.”
Rob has found that the Flick business model is ideally suited for his small business because he has the flexibility to change his appliance use to low-demand times of the day.
“I like the fact I have access to real-time information on how much electricity costs and how much I am spending, so I pick the price I want to pay for the things I need to run to work for the business. For instance, I changed the time I bake to earlier in the morning (3am-6am) to take advantage of the low spot price during that time – it’s saving my business money and I’m incredibly happy,” he says.
“Flick really got me thinking about my power use and I’ve made some small changes in my business, such as shifting staff workload to the early hours of the morning when the spot price is low to get most of the baking done, and switching things off when I’m not using them to save money on my power bill.”
“At first I was skeptical about weekly billing as everything in my business is done on a monthly basis, but it’s actually really helped with the business cash flow and budget management. So my advice to other businesses out there is don’t be afraid of weekly billing.”
Powering small business
Here at Flick, we’re wholeheartedly behind small business.
We’re proud to support and work with entrepreneurial-minded people who are following their passions, pushing boundaries and exploring new ground.
It’s not an easy thing to do, to start and run a business from the ground up.
Flick Electric began much the same way. We grew from big ideas and passion, and we think that makes us pretty well suited to be the electricity provider of small-to-medium sized businesses. After all, we know what it takes, we know the costs involved, and we’re determined to keep challenging the norms in a sector that is long overdue for it.
So what makes us the best electricity provider for your small business? Well, we do things differently. And we think different is good.
We’re transparent and honest.
If you’ve heard of us before, you might already know that our business model is vastly different to that of traditional power companies. We don’t charge a set fee for electricity, which masks the actual information you need to have in order to make informed decisions about your power.
Instead, we pass on to you the exact costs of getting power to your business premises – that’s generation, transmission, distribution and metering – at the wholesale price, without any mark up. So, what you pay for the cost of electricity is its exact market price. We then charge a separate fee to act as your retailer.
It’s all there on your electricity bill in black and white. No surprises, no hidden fees – just business founded on good old fashioned honesty.
We want to help your business save money.
Flick is the first retailer here in NZ to give customers access to the electricity market – the very same market that the big companies purchase their electricity from.
On this market the spot price of electricity moves up and down every half hour, influenced by changes in supply and demand (for more information on how supply and demand influences power prices check out our “You’ll be better in the long run” blog).
Apart from the occasional higher price, the wholesale price of electricity tends to be lower than the set fees charged by the big electricity retailers. In fact, prices are considered ‘low’ 41.22% of the time, meaning you’re overpaying on power at least 41.22% of the time! Our customers saved, on average, $417 on electricity in the last 12 months. That means that if you have your business with us, you’ve got great opportunities to save money – yippee!
We bill you weekly.
OK, so receiving your power bill each week might sound a little scary. But really, it’s a big positive for small businesses.
Weekly bills allow you to manage your finances with greater accuracy (no estimates, and no horrendous power bills come the end of the month), and it also helps you to really think about how your business uses electricity.
If you see price changes between weeks, it’s a great incentive to follow your usage a little more closely and find out why.
We give you control of your power.
Our online dashboard and Choice app will become your new best friends. These neat tools allow you to monitor the price of power in real time, as well as your own exact usage, so you can make informed decisions about when you use your appliances. By moving a few tasks to off-peak times when prices are lowest, your business has the opportunity to mount up the savings!
Have a browse of our recent “Be the boss of your bills” blog – and really kick those high power bills to the curb.
We can help your business make sustainable choices.
Did you know that the electricity mix we use changes all the time? Sometimes, when we’re using renewable energy like hydropower and wind turbines, it’s cleaner. And sometimes, when we’re using oil, gas and coal, it’s dirtier.
The mix affects our greenhouse gas emissions and up until now, as consumers we never really knew what the mix was, nor the influence we could have on it. But now we do.
The Choice app is a bit of a breakthrough, really. It tells you the current electricity mix and emission levels so that you can see – and make choices about – how your business influences the mix of electricity in our grid. Pretty neat, huh?
Thinking about making the Flick for your business?
Go on! It’s super easy and it only takes a couple of minutes (and we’ll even break up with your old retailer for you). Visit us online at Flick Electric Co. You’ll be glad you did.