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Small businesses urged to check accuracy of utility bills

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned its members to be wary of inaccurate bills from utility companies.
The warning comes after an FPB member was left owing more than £16,000 to Scottish Power when it incorrectly estimated the business's meter readings and failed to update records when given the accurate readings.The FPB, which represents around 25,000 small and medium sized firms across the UK. Its senior member services representative, Philip Moody, said: 'Some energy suppliers are happy to give you a low estimate, but the danger is that, if it is inaccurate, there could be a big bill to pay in the long run.''It is irresponsible to allow such practices to continue. They may not miss a black hole in their accounts of several thousand pounds, but to a smaller business that is a lot of money,' he said.FPB now offers members the chance to ask Utility Options, an independent energy consultancy, to give members the best possible prices for their electricity and gas. Scottish Power was unavailble for comment.

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