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Offerings


We’ll help you make smarter decisions around how you manage energy and other commodities

TECHNOLOGY | CONSULTING

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Offerings


We’ll help you make smarter decisions around how you manage energy and other commodities

TECHNOLOGY | CONSULTING

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Energy solutions

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Commodity price risk management

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Automated risk position tracking & reporting


 

01 Energy solutions

 

Energy strategy, advice, hedging & technology

 

Most organisations face uncertainty in what is one of their highest cost areas

 
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Energy is where it all started in Flow&Ebb, and with all the changes going on in the energy market, it still keeps us busy today - changes such as smart buildings enabled by 5G and IoT technologies, the electrification of transport, the adoption of renewable energy, improvements in battery storage and ever increasing sustainability and well-being pressures.

In response to all of this, we help our clients develop the right energy strategy and then act, so that they are ready today for what the future is bringing.

Working across the UK, mainland Europe and the Americas, our clients are some the world’s largest buyers of energy, as well as energy brokers, private equity firms and investment managers. Unlike energy brokers, we don’t want to take it all away from you; instead we want to empower you to make smarter decisions.

Our clients benefit from our deep energy expertise, our technology, our strategic approach, our ideas, our support and guidance - and most importantly the outcomes we deliver.

We can help you in the following areas:

  • Strategy development - developing the right strategy and KPIs for you, ensuring you maintain a 3-5 perspective

  • Energy data measurement & analytics - understanding your data should be at the heart of it. Its hard to manage it if you don’t measure it. And it’s the key to use automation to enable you to optimise buildings and drive down maintenance costs

  • Demand management - demand / consumption reduction programmes, enabling you to take advantage of emerging and established energy efficient technologies

  • Price risk management - we help clients to implement and run a price risk strategy, and the results we deliver speak for themselves. To do this, we’ll help you to set-up the governance framework, the risk policy, the right hedging strategy, and so on. And on-going we track and report your daily risk position. We’re in contact with you the moment your risk situation changes, and we provide market insight and guidance to help you make the right hedging/ trading decisions (see Commodity price risk management below)

  • Procurement - we offer a transparent alternative to the broker/ TPI model. We help our clients by tendering contracts, ensuring suppliers perform as they should, supplier management, etc.

  • Market insight - proactively giving valuable insights into what’s driving energy prices, putting you more in control

  • Distributed energy - advice regarding renewable energy and other on-site energy generation (solar, CHPs, etc.)

  • Other - there are many other elements to consider for successful energy management, such as your storm water strategy, bureau services, bill validation, asset financing, PPAs, electric vehicles…

 

Talk to us to find out how we can help you to better manage an uncertain future:

 

 

02 Commodity price risk management

 
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We’ll help you manage volatile commodity and raw material prices better, so that you improve margins by making faster and better informed buying (and selling) decisions.

 
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Whether you are starting from scratch or want to fine tune your existing capabilities, we are the experts in the US and Europe at implementing and running Commodity Price Risk Management in large manufacturers, retailers, FMCG firms, etc.

Commodity markets are volatile and dynamic, continuously peaking and troughing. So managing your exposure to those markets also needs to be continual and dynamic. We'll show you how to navigate these ups and downs, stabilize earnings, reduce costs and, most importantly, enhance profitability.

How do we do this?

We help shine a light on the commodity price risks your company faces, how well you are protected and how you can profit. The risk and the opportunity. By evaluating your current approach, we can show you where improvements can be made and then we’ll work with you to put them in place.

  • We typically work with closely with treasury and sourcing/ trading functions.

  • We identify and quantify the risks you face.

  • We look at your risk appetite and how it’s reflected in your risk and trading activities. 

  • We help develop your price risk management and hedging strategies.

  • We develop and put in place all essential governance and compliance.

  • We review your data and technology requirements.

  • We advise on the skill sets and culture needed to succeed.

  • We look at the commercial terms you have with your suppliers and work with you to develop the right constructs.

  • And, perhaps most importantly, we spend time making sure you and your teams understand the changes needed to ensure your commodity price risk management efforts succeed.

It’s complex - not complicated. And the results are simple:

Lower risk. Lower costs.
Greater certainty. Greater margin.

 

Talk to us to find out how we can help you to better manage the volatility you face:

 

 

03 AMO

Risk position tracking & reporting

 
 

Our AMO platform provides you with the governance and compliance necessary to proactively manage your price risk, in an automated, secure and simplified manner.

 

The AMO platform is purpose built by price risk experts for the sole purpose of managing the commodity price risk activities of large corporates.

  • AMO monitors the markets and calculates every day your risk positions. If you use VaR, it tracks this too.

  • AMO stores your agreed risk policies and appetite for risk, captures your forecasts and trading activities, and combines all this data with market prices to track, calculate and report performance.

  • It's an independent, auditable, and accurate ‘single source of the truth’, allowing everyone to be on the same page.

  • Traders have the freedom to act in a way that builds trust and encourages high performance.

  • Importantly, traders are separated from the task of managing and reporting on your risk position.

  • It encourages closer working between your treasury and procurement/ sourcing departments. Treasury gets fingertip visibility over activity, and is assured that any activity outside the agreed policies will be immediately alerted to them, enabling the situation to be remedied rapidly.

 
 
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Reduces your risk
AMO tracks your activity and market prices, reports on your fluctuating risk positions, and alerts the business of any price movements or trading activity that mean the agreed risk or trading policies have been breached.
 

Solves the issues of Excel
Compared to Excel the platform is fast, accurately carries out complex calculations, is immutable, deals with and stores large data sets, prevents human error, is accessible on-line, and has the highest levels of security.

Quick and easy to set-up
Compared to 3-6 months needed to implement complex commodity trading systems, AMO takes a few hours to set-up, is intuitive to use, and requires little training. It also comes at a fraction of the cost.


* What do we mean by 'Middle Office'? Risk management best practice is to have a 'middle office' that is separate to your 'front office' traders. Its core purpose is to monitor, quantify and report on the company's price risk.