BOSSES at an energy saving firm in Bolton are celebrating after turning in a table-topping performance in new industry rankings.

Leading analysts Cornwall Insight has placed Springfield Court's Love Energy Savings in the top tier when it comes to rating switching services for small and medium sized enterprises.

Each year the analysts compile a report on the ultra-competitive and LES has shared the distinction with just one other outfit.

Management says that to date they have helped more than 350,000 firms to save £97m on theiir energy bills since starting out and their Cornwall Insight success is "vindication" of their approach.

And the announcement has come as the company marks 12,000 ratings of 4.7 stars on Trustpilot.

Phil Foster, their chief executive, said: "Small businesses are the backbone of Britain. They are the engine room of the economy.

"But too often they don’t get the support they need. We’re immensely proud to have consistently driven down energy costs across the sector since 2007.

“This year, of course, has been particularly challenging for small business owners nationwide, making the savings we can provide more vital than they have ever been.”

Company bosses say that since the first lockdown was imposed in March, Love Energy Savings has seen record numbers of businesses turn to them to drive down their bills, with a reported 15 per cent surge in switches being completed through their web platform.

Mr Foster added: “The business to business energy switching market has been stuck in the dark ages for too long.

“Business customers still routinely use telephone brokers to change their energy suppliers.

"This means they can be tied up on phone calls for hours during the working day.

"This could be when their efforts are much better used focussing on growing or building their businesses back up.

“Our industry-leading web platform helps them do just that and in as little as four clicks of a mouse businesses can save an average of £875 on their utility bills when they choose to, not when the market says they can.

“We are delighted to have been recognised as one of the nation’s best SME Energy Switchers.

"And we are thrilled that our customers continue to rate our service so highly on Trustpilot.

“It’s a real tribute to the hard work, passion and dedication of everyone in the business who strives so hard to ensure that SMEs and our domestic customers have access to the absolute best value energy deals available anywhere.”