Following close behind the bankers on the hate list are energy companies, which are currently coming across as very customer-unfriendly.

o NPower is to raise prices to 3.3 million cash-strapped and captive customers, despite the company already showing impressive profits so far this year. The company has also been identified by Ofcom as using the much-hated automatic dialling systems that leave the line silent, leave marketing messages or hang up.

o British Gas has been fined £2.5 million by regulator Ofgen for its poor handling of customer complaints. The regulator is now looking into the complaints procedures of a number of other energy firms.

o MPs are calling for a ban on cold calling, doorstepping and “Del-Boy tricks” by energy firms after Ofgen found that 40% of users who switched ended up paying more, not less.

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