max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C


Ipswich: Energy supplier Haven Power highlights “burden” of non-energy charges on bills as Tory grandee Ken Clarke pays a visit

11:17 27 February 2014

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, Minister without Portfolio Ken Clarke and Haven Power CEO Peter Bennell

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, Minister without Portfolio Ken Clarke and Haven Power CEO Peter Bennell


A business energy supplier’s efforts to highlight its concerns over the volatility of non-energy direct costs were boosted after Minister without Portfolio Ken Clarke MP visited the firm to find out more.


The Tory grandee, who was accompanied by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, was shown around the Haven Power’s headquarters at Ransomes Europark in Ipswich and was interested to hear of the firm’s impressive growth.

Chief executive Peter Bennell and head of supplier management Antony Badger also discussed with him what Haven is trying to achieve in the industry, particularly in terms of non-energy direct costs.

These costs, which include the delivery of electricity to businesses, make up a substantial part of a customer’s bill and Haven wants to see an end to the unpredictable nature of the charges.

Mr Clarke said: “My visit to Haven Power allowed me to hear more about the pressing issues faced by the energy industry and how they affect businesses of all sizes across the country. I was particularly interested to learn about how Haven Power’s power purchasing team trades within a competitive energy market.”

Mr Gummer said he was “very proud” to have the firm in his constituency.

“I have been there since its current office opened and have been excited to see it grow and grow. It is a dynamic and exciting company and I want to do whatever I can to help it succeed,” he said.

Mr Bennell said: “As a supplier that has its customers’ interests at heart, we were pleased that Mr Clarke could spare the time to find out more about our activities. It’s important that suppliers make the Government aware of avoidable burdens on businesses, and we hope to gain more support for our work in this area.”



Matt Bunn joined the Ipswich Round Table's annual Rudolph Run.

The festive lights have been switched on in the middle of Ipswich and – before we know it – Rudolph and Father Christmas will be spreading their magic around town.

Fears were raised over the impact the strikes would have on A&E departments.

Strike action by thousands of junior doctors has been suspended so talks can continue, the Government and the British Medical Association (BMA) have announced.

The Christmas Tree on the Cornhill in 1985,  Grimwades was on the right of the picture

As the festive cheer spreads through Ipswich, reader Janice Poulson has been looking back at how the town used to be at Christmas, and other times of the year.

Michael Leaberry

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man believed to have links to Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and north Wales.

Daniel Compton with daughter Evie

The parents of baby Evie Compton have spoken of their heartache after revealing it is unlikely she will be allowed to fly home to Ipswich for Christmas.

Don't feed the ducks this winter

People are being urged not to feed left over bread to the ducks in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park.

Ipswich Waterfront at Dusk

In a conversation published in the Guardian’s ‘Weekend’ magazine, musician Brian Eno and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis briefly discussed their experiences of the town, with their views not especially favourable.

Woman was caught drink-driving at police headquarters

A 23-year-old was caught drink-driving after parking her car at Martlesham police headquarters, a court heard.

Murrayfield Primary School.

Governors have criticised Suffolk County Council after they resigned from their school which was branded ‘inadequate’.

Mick Mills and Bobby Robson with the UEFA Cup in 1981. (Photo Dave Kindred/Archant)

A local football story jumped from the sports pages to take over the EADT’s main news spot on November 30, 1981.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24