UK businesses laud energy relief, but costs still a struggle


              A customer leaves the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              Members of staff work in the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              A member of staff works in the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              Members of staff work in the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              A woman walks past the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              Members of staff work in the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              A member of staff works in the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              Members of staff work in the Sourdough Sophia bakery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year according to owner Sophia Sutton-Jones, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              Sophia Sutton-Jones poses for a photo in her bakery Sourdough Sophia in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
            
              Sophia Sutton-Jones works in her bakery Sourdough Sophia in London, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. At the store, in the Crouch End neighbourhood of north London, the electricity bill has more than tripled since the start of the year, to roughly 5,500 pounds ($6,260) a month, up from 1,500 in January – a crushing increase that's making life difficult for the independent business. The bakery's woes underscore how energy price spikes are threatening companies, alongside a cost of living crisis afflicting Britain and much of Europe. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
UK businesses laud energy relief, but costs still a struggle