THAMES WATER, one of the UK’s biggest utilities companies, has won its first contract to supply water in Scotland, hundreds of miles away from its traditional operations in London and the south east.
The company, which is the largest water supplier in Britain, will sell its services to three hotels operated by Jurys Inn in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. However, instead of pumping its water up to Scotland, Thames Water will sell it on, having purchased it from rival supplier Scottish Water. The water will be delivered through Scottish Water’s pipes but with billing handled by Thames Water.
The company claims it can make a profit – and offer lower prices – by cutting administrative costs and encouraging more efficient water use. It is Thames Water’s first contract in Scotland following Ofwat’s decision to open up the market to competition. Last year, Thames Water gained permission to sell beyond its core geography.
“Winning our first business customer north of the border is an important landmark for us as we look to cement our position in the burgeoning water retail market,” said the director of Thames Water Commercial Services, Piers Clark.
“With 400 years of experience delivering water and wastewater services in our home region of London and the Thames Valley, we offer expert insight that can help businesses cut costs, hit sustainability targets and, with one bill from one supplier, simplify administrative chores.”
The hotel contract is seen as a trial run, with Thames Water hoping to sign up more of Jurys Inn’s premises across the UK if proves to be a success.