Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has said it is a “relief” that energy bills for businesses across the county will be capped at the same price as households but is disappointed that it is only for a six-month period.
The chamber was reacting to new Prime Minister Liz Trust announcing details of ways to tackle the rising energy prices.
A typical household energy bill will be capped at £2,500 annually until 2024.
The huge support scheme could cost up to £150bn, but Ms Truss refused to put a figure on it, saying “extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures”.
Businesses will get support, with bills capped for six months, a shorter period of protection than many had hoped for.
A statement from the chamber said: “Suffolk Chamber’s initial reaction is one of relief at the news that businesses’ energy bills will be capped at the same price per unit as households, but disappointment that this will only be for a six-month period as opposed to two years for households. Businesses also need to understand what the unit price is so as to adjust their business plans accordingly.
“We are also keen that there is an enhanced duty to supply to businesses, not least as quite a few firms are struggling to find any supplier at all, but we cannot see any mention of this in the Prime Minister’s announcement. We will, however, look at the details of the proposals once published.
“In the longer-term, we must ensure that this country’s energy security is never so compromised as this again. This means accelerated investment incentives in a broad mix of net zero energy sources, improvements in energy storage and transmission infrastructure and a streamlining of regulations to speed up such investments which are frequently unreasonably delayed within the planning system.
“We welcome the announcement of a new Energy Supply Taskforce to agree long-term contracts that reduce the price they charge for energy and increase the security of supply.
“We are also keen that this government looks to lower longer-term tax burdens on businesses by reversing the recent increase in NI Employer Contributions and re-opening a serious investigation into replacing the perverse and out-of-date business rates system.”