This scheme aims to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises manage the costs associated with their energy supply when temporarily closed as a result of Covid -19 restrictions.
One company, Digren Energy Management, looks after the energy needs of some of Ireland’s leading hospitality businesses and is now offering its services free-of-charge to the licensed trade with advice about this.
Unlike other companies that do a selection of services but not a complete energy management program it provides both energy management (energy audits, energy monitoring, energy profile analysis, energy funding opportunities) and energy bureau (tendering, energy hedging facility, energy reports, bill validation).
The company’s Head of Retail Hospitality & Leisure Sean Dignan comes from a publican family in The Beachcomber in Killester and an LVA member. He believes that his company understands the pressures that people and businesses are under.
In order to apply for the Supply Suspension Scheme, which has been set up for SMEs only, businesses must meet the following criteria:-
- that your business is not deemed as an essential service as defined by the Irish Government in the context of Covid -19
- that you were trading before 13th March, 2020
- that your premises has been closed as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions and will remain closed for a continuous period from 28th March to the date when the relevant restrictions are lifted
- that your MPRN is either a DG5 or DG6 (you will find this on your latest bill or statement).
Digren has a number of prominent publicans on its books, says Sean, including Louis Fitzgerald, Charlie Chawke, Tom Mangan and Patrick Lawlor and it acts as energy consultants to pub groups such as the Fitzwilliam Group and the Loyola Group as well as the Dublin Liberties Distillery.
Now the company has offered to help publicans ensure that they don’t fall out of contract with their energy supplier and help them to ease bills and ensure no overcharging.
“Digren Energy Management through our Energy Bureau Services ensure customers are on the best rates and tariff for their business and notify them in advance to renew into new contracts and thus eliminating them paying out of contract rates,” says Sean.
Digren also recently contacted the Dublin & Fingal Chambers of Commerce, offering to answer any energy questions its SME members might have.
“We can assist and act on the energy side for anyone who’s concerned,” says Sean, emphasising that, “This is a free service as helping each other is the only way we will recover and grow.”
For more information contact Digren Energy Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01-9081700 for any assistance in availing of the Covid-19 Supply Suspension Scheme.