- Go through The Big Deal's Blog, some juice articles in there: https://blog.thebigdeal.com/
- DDG search: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22the+big+deal%22+collective+switching&t=hg&ia=web
The Big Deal
- >> Is this the same "Big Deal"? https://iotasupport.com/bigdeal.shtml
- ToDo: stick something in Switch Energy Supplier about Look After My Bills + The Big Deal, after I've found out some more about it all.
- Will Hodson, worked for Ethical Consumer, delivered innovative research for Consumer Focus, Consumer International and Co-operative Food amongst others.
- Henry ?? has worked in govt and the private sector. Until Dec.2013 he worked in the Department for Education. Before that he did communications and campaigns for people ranging from Tesco to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
- May.09.2017: Press release – "Energy price cap is hugely welcome and great news for families who have been exploited by the Big Six for far too long". TheBigDeal.com is a consumer collective focused on reducing people's energy bills. We bring together tens of thousands of consumers and use our collective buying power to create exclusive deals. Launched in March 2014, we now have over 300,000 members and continue to grow. 62% of our members have never or hardly ever switched before... 60% of our members are 55+ and 30% 65+. We have saved the British public over £15 million since we launched.
TheBigDeal.com is a start-up business and charges a commission to energy companies. Unlike price comparison websites we are 100% transparent and publish the exact amount of our commission. For our most recent switch it was £50 for a dual fuel (both gas and electricity) switch. This compares to £60 to £100 for the main price comparison websites. The Big Deal,
Look After My Bills
- Jan.04.2018: Announcing our new service Look After My Bills. We have some very exciting news to bring you... Today we’re delighted to launch our brand new service Look After My Bills. This is the next stage in energy switching. We aim to make sure you’re on a great deal forever. The idea is simple. We automatically switch you to another good deal once your fixed rate ends. The Big Deal, '
The Collective Big Energy Switch
The Collective Big Energy Switch is all about lots of local newspaper readers from Scotland, Wales, and England and their family and friends getting together as a huge group to get a special low cost energy deal from suppliers. We expect the deal we secure to be exclusive and cheaper than anything else in the market.
- May.09.2017: Energy price cap is hugely welcome and great news for families who have been exploited by the Big Six for far too long. Collective energy switching site #The Big Deal welcomes the news that the Conservative Party Manifesto proposes a price cap that will cut energy bills by £100. No other switching site has backed a price cap. The two largest energy switching sites – uSwitch and Moneysupermarket.com who operate 80% of the switching market – have attacked a price cap claiming it will do "more harm than good" and be a "disaster". Richard Neudegg of biggest energy price comparison site uSwitch said "A price cap would be the death knell for competition". Stephen Murray of MoneySupermarket, said: "For customers who have the ability to switch. an energy price cap would be a disaster". Press Release, The Big Deal.
- Apr.29.2015: Collective energy deals – should you switch? Collective switching is when a group of people get together and use group buying power to secure a deal from an energy supplier. See our article on How to save money on gas and electricity bills. Michele Martinelli, The Money Advice Service.
- Feb.17.2015: Is The Big Deal's collective switch worth it? The Big Deal is a small collective consumer switch company that has recently gained a lot of publicity for criticising comparison sites for hiding tariffs and commission. Paloma Kubiak, MoneySavingExpert.com.
- Jan.23.2015: Energy Market Invetigation: Summary of hearing with The Big Deal. The Big Deal targeted consumers who had lost trust in the energy market and felt they could not identify the best energy tariff from the market. Relative to some price comparison websites (PCWs) it had lower customer acquisition costs which helped keep the level of commission it charged low. iChoosr was a company that ran collective switching campaigns on behalf of local councils in the UK... The Big Deal had conducted a piece of research to test whether PCWs were acting in a way that was not beneficial to consumers. Consumers were generally not aware that PCWs took commission from energy suppliers for the tariffs they advertised. In The Big Deal’s view these practices contradicted the claims of the PCWs to be consumer champions in the market. Competition & Markets Authority.
- May.11.2012: Which? Big Switch energy deal 'disappointing'. Three-quarters of customers who have signed up to #The Big Switch will save just £123 a year with industry experts calling the outcome "disappointing". Launched by consumer group Which?, The Big Switch aimed to use the collective bargaining power of nearly 300,000 consumers to negotiate cheaper energy tariffs by effectively bulk-buying on behalf of the group. However, critics of the scheme have highlighted that the winning tariff is more expensive than the cheapest already on the market. Kara Gammell, The Telegraph.