Plastic bag sales in England plunge 86% since 5p charge

The biggest seven supermarkets in England bought nearly a quarter fewer plastic bags last year

Global EV count zooms up to 3.2 million

As of the start of 2018, there were more than 3.2 million electric cars on the world’s roads. That’s according to new research from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), which shows 2017 saw a record-breaking 1.2 million new registrations. Last year saw around 55% growth – ZSW says if the […]

Guest Blog: Scott Birley – The changing role of energy consultants

Since the advent of carbon taxes and levies, energy consultants have evolved from being aggressive telemarketing operations, (not much different from telecoms), to being providers of highly specialised professional advisory services. Due to the impact energy production and consumption has on our environment, it is not simply enough for commercial consumers to tender and procure […]

Energy supplier E to pay £260k over ‘misleading’ sales approach

Energy supplier E is to pay £260,000 for failing to ensure its sales agents were transparent or had sufficient background checks. Ofgem found sales representatives for E contracted by third party agency Energy Watch UK were “misleading” in their approach as they failed to tell potential customers they were working on behalf of the supplier. […]

Editorial: Brokers are key to saving the sector’s reputation

At the time of writing I have no idea what today’s CMA report into the energy markets will say. But if it comes down to it and the Big Six are deemed a cartel (unlikely) but are repremanded for their customer service and selling techniques (likely), I can’t think of a bigger group of people […]

Job of the Week – Business Sales Executives – McLean Ross

The client, a leader in the UK energy market, seeks 4 Business Sales Executives to join their Industrial and Commercial team. The purpose of the role is to retain and grow the portfolio of customers through the Partner Markets channel of Third Party Intermediaries to deliver sales of business contracts and services. – Negotiation and […]

Mild weather blamed as E.ON sales drop £498m

UK energy company E.ON blamed “milder weather” for a drop in sales of nearly half a billion pounds this year compared to 2013. Sales from January to September were £5,378 million, which is £498 million lower than the same period last year. Profits fell by £78 million to £158 million. That could have been lower if E.ON’s North Sea […]

E.ON to end “face to face” sales

Energy supplier E.ON plans to stop selling electricity and gas to customers in shopping centres or at events. The firm said this is in response to the “changing way” customers want to interact with their energy company. Up to 450 sales and sales support jobs are potentially affected. Instead it seems likely to shift towards […]

Heat pump sales chill in Europe

Sales of heat pumps in Europe fell in 2012, according to new figures released by research group EurObserv’ER. Its latest Heat Pump Barometer for 23 countries in the EU found combined sales of ground and air source heat pumps fell to 1.65 million – a 7.9% drop from 2011. EurObserv’ER said the market had seen a series […]

Electric scooter sales to surge 50% by 2020

Worldwide sales of electric scooters are estimated to grow 50% by 2020 according to a report from Navigant Research. It forecasts that global e-scooter sales will hit 18 million in 2020, up from 12 million in 2013. Asia Pacific is far and way the world’s largest region for e-scooter sales, accounting for 99% of all […]