Retail Competition and switching suppliers

  • BLOG: Slow but steady start to new water market

    Our Policy Manager Evan Joanette reflects on the experiences of customers after a steady start to the new non-household retail water market in England. It’s hard to believe that four months have already passed since the long-awaited opening of the non-household retail water market in England. Since April 1, businesses, charities and public sector organisations … Continued

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    5 things you need to know about the new water market

    The countdown to competition is almost over. From April 1, the world’s largest retail water market will open for business in England. But who will be able to switch supplier and what could choice mean for the 1.2 million businesses, charities and public sector organisations that suddenly have the freedom to shop around? Our market … Continued

  • New consultation launched on monitoring customer complaints

    The Consumer Council for Water has launched a four-week consultation on its plans to monitor customer complaints to retailers in the new non-household (NHH) retail market. We already ask water and sewage companies to provide us with information on their customer service and operational performance. This informs our discussions with companies about how they can … Continued

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    Water choice – industry launches awareness-raising campaign

    Today marks the launch of a new industry-wide campaign aimed at raising awareness of the new non-household retail water market in England. There are just ten weeks to go until 1.2 million businesses, charities and public sector organisations will have the freedom to switch to a different water retailer. But with the clock ticking down … Continued

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    Water choice – could competition meet households’ expectations?

    With the Government still pondering whether to give households in England a choice over their retail water supplier, CCWater’s Chief Executive Tony Smith explains why the market may struggle without the lure of substantial savings for customers. This article first appeared in magazine Utility Week. Almost a year on from first tabling its proposals, the Government … Continued

  • Discover what water competition could mean for your business

    In six months time all non-household customers in England will have the opportunity to switch to a different water retailer. But what could that mean for your business? Our next business customer meeting in October is the perfect place to find out more, as our organiser Lucy Byrnes explains. As consumers we are used to … Continued