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The impact of the commercial water deregulation

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Since the deregulation of the commercial water market in 2017, businesses have been able to choose who supplies their business with water services. The deregulation has proven a number of benefits and also allows businesses to save on their water rates. We will help you secure the best contract for your business water rates through the use of our market insights and supplier relations. From new contracts to bill validations through to water audits – if there are savings to be made on your business water rate, we will find it.

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Why should you switch water suppliers?

Our independent research shows that as many as one in three businesses have previously been overcharged on their business water rates. We’d recommend a water audit as this will help us figure out where you have been overcharged, which can be claimed back.

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How can we help you with your water bills?

We can also provide alternative deals allowing you to save on your business water bills. Switching water suppliers with Utility bidder has the following benefits:

  • lower business water bills
  • better value for your money
  • A better-tailored service that suits your specific business needs
  • Aid in becoming more water-efficient

There are 2 factors that determine whether you can switch your business water supplier:

1) Is your company predominantly business based or domestic?

2) Where is your waterboard or water provider based? We can help you switch today and save on your business water rates. Our team of experts will do all the searching and switching for you, so you can focus on your business.

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What is a water audit and how can it help you?

Water audits are perfect for in-depth research on your history of business water rates and how we can potentially save you money. Scouring the markets for business water rates can be quite time consuming for any business owner so by conducting a water audit we are able to do all the research for you and find the most effective solution. Using three simple steps we can put forward suggestions on how to cut down your spending on business water rates.

Why should you use Utility Bidder?

We are experienced in dealing with companies of all sizes and sectors. Whether that be an SME, large business or public sector, we are dedicated to helping you save money. Get in touch today and one of our business water experts will book you in for a water audit and discuss how we can save you money on your business water bills.

We will begin by looking at your current spending. Providing 12 months of billing will allow us to highlight if there are problems with billing, usage and/or charges

We will look into historical of up to 6 years to see if there is a case to gain a rebate of any overcharges. We then discuss a site audit with you to see if there are any potential future savings.

If we see there are savings that could be made we will make suggestions to you on how to achieve this.

How can we help you save money?

We understand the busy nature of being a business owner. That’s why we are dedicated to providing services that allow business owners to save money on their business water rates and business utilities. With our years of experience within the industry, we know two businesses will never be the same so we tailor our services to suit your specific requirements, allowing you to save money on your business water bills without the hassle of searching through complex markets.

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Our years of experience in the business utility industry has enabled us to create strong relationships with the UK’s top suppliers. Our premium status with these business water suppliers means we can go in and negotiate prices you may not be able to negotiate yourself. Our industry experts will search the markets for business water rates that maximise your savings and benefit your business.

We base our research on the specifics of your business, regardless of your business size or sector. We have worked with SME’s, Large businesses and public sectors so we understand that no two businesses will ever be the same. Contact us today and our team will begin search for lower business water rates for either a switch or even a renewal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your current supplier maintained their license to act as a supplier, then nothing will have changed. They will have automatically transferred you onto their default tariff.

The default tariff is likely to be more expensive tariff than others suppliers may be offering.

Gain a free, no obligation quote from us to see how they compare.

If your current supplier decided to exit the commercial market and you didn’t switch suppliers, your supply will have been allocated by the central market agency however you will not be in contract.

There are 2 factors that determine whether you can switch your business water supplier – 1) Is your company predominantly business based or domestic? 2) Where is your waterboard or water provider based?

The deregulation is now live in England and Scotland, however, if your commercial water supplier is in Wales then you cannot switch water supplier yet, unless you use a large amount of water.

As of 1st April 2017 the non-domestic water market was deregulated. This means that like Gas and Electricity, all businesses within England (not Wales) can now choose which company supplies their water and waste water services.

While the water wholesaler will be determined by the region, the supplier can be chosen by you. The changes came after the successful deregulation of water in Scotland in 2008.

You are likely to save money, however, for the first several years of the deregulation it may not be as dramatic as you would hope. However, in time we will see increased competition and differences in prices between suppliers. The current savings in the Scottish market are between 10 – 25%, depending on the mark up charges, but they have been deregulated since 2008.

We have found that savings can be made and rebates can be claimed through having a water audit.

Call us today to discuss your business water requirements and we can guide you through the process of switching and undertaking a water audit.

There are currently 25 water suppliers across the UK:

Affinity Water (formerly Veolia Water Central, Veolia Water East, Veolia Water Southeast)Albion WaterAnglian waterBristol WaterCambridge WaterCholderton & District WaterDee ValleyDwr Cymru (Welsh Water)Essex and Suffolk WaterIndependent Water NetworksNorthern Ireland WaterNorthumbrian WaterPortsmouth WaterScottish WaterSevern Trent WaterSouth East WaterSouth West WaterSouthern WaterSutton and East Surry WaterThames WaterUnited Utiliies WaterWessex WaterYorkshire Water

Looking to switch business water supplier?

Due to having a choice of suppliers, you may benefit from:

Improved serviceExpert adviceCheaper water billsNo negative effect on your water billTailored service Business water deals

New companies have entered the market, many of these have a utilities background. Recently, more energy suppliers have added water to their list of services and others will be teaming up with regional water companies. Some regional water companies now operate on a national basis and some have chosen to withdraw completely – leaving those with contracts having to change water supplier.

If you have not secured a water contract since April 2017 you will have automatically been put onto a default tariff with your existing water supplier should they continued to operate, bear in mind they may have changed trading name.

Business water bills vary in value depending on your commercial location, company size and usage. Our experienced water team can audit your bill and gather the relevant information to help find you the best commercial water quotes and prices for your business. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team here.

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