Chris Maclean

Chris Maclean, chief executive of Open Energy Market

Open Energy Market secures £3m Calculus Capital backing

The online platform, which helps companies secure the best deal with energy suppliers, will use the funding to expand into the US.

Open Energy Market, an online platform that helps companies secure the best deal with energy suppliers, has secured a £3m investment from Calculus Capital.

Dairy Crest, EasyJet, Southampton Football Club and London Business School are among more than 200 businesses and organisations that have used the platform since its launch in 2013.

The portal gives businesses the opportunity to provide details of their usage and in turn, major suppliers submit bids for the contracts through a reverse auction.

Chris Maclean, chief executive of Open Energy Market, said: “It is an exciting time for OEM. With Calculus Capital as an investor we can expand our offering within the commercial utility space and look to move into the US market.

“The expertise of the Calculus team in advising and guiding growing companies will be really valuable to us.”

Alexandra Lindsay, investment director of Calculus Capital, added: “The corporate energy market is worth £20bn a year and, according to Ofgem, around 85% of contracts are signed through a broker, but traditionally it’s been a rather laborious procedure.

“What the team at Open Energy Market have done is to streamline that process, because all the major suppliers are there on a single platform bidding for a company’s business.

“The service is designed to give companies greater transparency of their annual utility costs before they sign a contract.

“Our investment will help them strengthen their sales and software teams, expand their platform to cover additional fuels and waste services and make a move into the US market.

“We believe this is an exciting phase in the development of a company with strong growth potential.”