A South Tyneside energy expert is braced for a flood of new business.
The South Shields-based Green Energy Advice Bureau offers energy procurement, management and sustainability services for businesses across a range of industries and sectors, with options including traditional brown energy alongside more sustainable green options.
Now director Paul Cobb is expecting to see new enquiries after deregulation of the water market, which came into effect at the weekend.
Rather than receiving water and sewerage directly from a local supplier, non-household customers, including eligible charities, businesses and public sector organisations, will have the opportunity to choose their water and sewerage supplier – taking into account factors such as cost, customer service and contractual obligations.
“The deregulation of the water market is a great opportunity for all businesses across the North East to improve their water supply in terms of cost saving, tailored services and the efficient use of water,” said Paul.
“Businesses will be able to select the most appropriate supplier for their needs.
“We have offered constructive and effective advice to all of our customers in their energy supply needs, and we can’t wait to offer the same invaluable advice for water supply.
“We work with thousands of businesses across the UK, and adding water to the wide range of services we offer will greatly boost our existing clients and future customers budget savings, peace of mind and environmental conscience. It’s great news for the sector.”
While the physical supply of water will remain unchanged, it will be the additional services provided by retailers and brokers that will be the main factor for businesses.
Established in 2014, The Green Energy Bureau hassales estimated to be £2.4million this year.
The firm practices what it preaches, with offices in One Trinity Green, in South Shields, one of the few buildings in the UK to receive the BREEAM outstanding rating.
The company also has an office in Spain (Mallorca) and operates across the UK and Europe.
It is a member of Utilities Intermediaries Association (UIA), a voluntary Trade Association for brokers facilitating energy purchasing contracts between supplier and consumer.