Slow start for England’s retail water market

The survey found a majority of businesses are now aware of the market

Coca-Cola applies for self-supply retail water licence

Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) has applied for a self-supply water and sewerage licence in England. If granted, it will enable the company to provide retail services to itself and associated companies in the group, regulator Ofwat said. Retail services are customer facing services such as billing, meter reading and customer enquiries. The opening of […]

Premier Inn owner books self-supply retail water licence

The owner of brands such as Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Beefeater has become the first hospitality multinational to be granted a self-supply licence in the new water market. With the opening of the retail water market earlier this year, eligible organisations can now self-supply and manage their own water retail services, such as meter […]

Majority of SMEs ‘still unaware of new retail water market’

More than half of micro, small and medium sized businesses are still unaware of the new retail water market in England. That’s according to a survey by the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater), aimed at tracking awareness of the market. While 43% of SMEs said they were aware they could switch their water retailer after […]

Competition watchdog approves new Wave of water retailer

The joint venture between Anglian Water and Northumbrian Water for non-household retail services has been approved. The two companies proposed to transfer their non-household retail water and sewerage businesses to form a 50/50 joint venture ‘Wave’. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation and cleared the merger, suggesting there is “sufficient competition remaining with respect […]

Tesco turns down textile toxins

Tesco has committed to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its textile production. The retail giant has announced the move will make the supply chain of its own garment brand F&F much more environmentally friendly and said it would also release a full list of fabric suppliers. Since the Greenpeace Detox Campaign was launched in 2011, a total of 80 international brands and suppliers, including […]

Ofwat proposes changes to protect ‘good faith’ in retail market

Ofwat has proposed changes to the retail water market codes to ensure wholesalers act in “good faith” when negotiating with retailers. It follows concerns raised that incumbents may not be approaching negotiations with new retailers in line with the codes’ principles. The regulator is therefore aiming to strengthen the requirements on wholesalers. It suggests wholesalers […]

This is not just sustainability, this is M&S sustainability

M&S has launched its new sustainability plan. The multinational grocer’s ‘Plan A 2025’ provides an update to the green framework set by the company a decade ago. It sets out the retailer’s ecological and ethical ambitions – M&S aims to support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and become a 100% zero-waste business. The steps involved in this process […]

Water market operator appoints new CEO

The Market Operator Service Limited (MOSL) has appointed Chris Scoggins as its new CEO. It follows the announcement earlier this year the retail water market operator’s current Chief Executive Ben Jeffs will be stepping down this summer. Mr Scoggins has worked at board level for more than 15 years in various  industries, both regulated and […]

Thousands of businesses switch as retail water market opens

A total of 8,876 business premises have switched water retailers in the first week of the market opening. England opened the world’s biggest retail water market on April 1st, which means more than 1.2 million eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations can choose who they pay for their water and wastewater services. The figure […]