About British Gas
British Gas is an energy and
also house services provider in the
United Kingdom. It is the trading name of British Gas Providers Limited as well as British Gas New
Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica. Serving around twelve million homes in the UK, British Gas
is the largest power
provider in the nation and
also is taken into consideration among
Large 6 controling the gas
as well as electricity market in the UK, according to the British Gas Wikipedia page.
Background of British Gas
The Gas Light as well as Coke
Business was the initial public utility
firm on the planet. It wased established by Frederick Albert Winsor as
well as incorporated by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
flourish for the following 136 years,
increasing right into domestic services
whilst taking in numerous
smaller business consisting
of the Aldgate Gas Light and Coke
Firm (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and also Coke
Firm (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Business (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Customer's Company (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Firm (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Firm (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light and also Coke Firm (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and also Coke Firm (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Business (1883 ), Richmond Gas Company (1925 ), Brentford Gas Business (1926 ), Pinner Gas Company (1930) and also Southend-on-Sea and Area Gas Company (1932 )
On 1 May 1949, the GLCC became the major part of the brand-new North
Thames Gas Board, among Britain's twelve local gas board
after the passing of the Gas Act 1948
In the early 1900s, the gas market in the
UK was primarily run by
region councils as well as tiny
Right now using a combustible gas
( frequently referred to as "town gas") piped to homes
as a gas was still being marketed to consumers, by such
ways as the National Gas Congress and
Exhibit in 1913. The gas used in
the 19th and early 20th centuries was
coal gas, yet in the period of 1967-- 77, British
residential coal gas products were
changed by natural gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Labour
federal government improved the gas industry,
bringing in the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas industry in the United
Kingdom as well as 1,062 independently
owned and also metropolitan gas firms were merged
into twelve area gas boards, each a separate body with its very own administration structure.
The twelve gas boards were: Eastern, East Midlands,
Northern, North Eastern, North Thames, North West, Scottish, Southern, South
Eastern, South West, Wales, and also West Midlands. Each
geographical teams or divisions which were usually more divided right into smaller sized districts. These boards simply became called the "gas board", a term still often made use of when
describing British Gas.
the Gas Act developed the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay successfully with the
location boards. The council included a
chair as well as replacement chair, both appointed by the priest, and also the chairs of each of the twelve location boards.
The council acted as a
network of interaction with the priest;
undertook labour arrangements; embarked on
research study; and also functioned as
agent for the gas market generally.
The Gas Act 1965 moved the
equilibrium of power to the centre: it put the Gas Council on the
exact same footing as the location boards,with the powers to obtain as much as ₤ 900
million, to make or obtain gas as
well as to provide gas wholesale to any
type of area board.
In May 1968, the Gas Council relocated to large new
workplaces at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arc, London.
In the very early 1970s, the gas market was again restructured after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act merged all the area boards and also produced the
British Gas Company.
From its inception, the firm was responsible for
growth as well as
upkeep of the supply of gas to Great Britain, in addition to
pleasing the practical
demand for gas throughout the country. Its management,
like that of the area boards, was appointed and supervised by the Secretary of State for Profession as well as Sector till 1974, when those
powers were vested in the freshly created position of Secretary of State for
Federal government led by Head of state Margaret Thatcher
introduced the Gas Act 1986, where led to the privatisation of the business,
and on 8 December 1986, its shares floated
on the London stock market as British Gas
plc. In the hope of encouraging people to become
shareholders, the offer was promoted with the "If you see Sid ... Tell him!"
The initial public offering of 135p per share valued the business at ₤ 9 billion, the highest possible equity offering ever before at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the completely different BG Team and also the
Gas Sales and also Gas Trading, Solutions and Retail businesses. The Gas Sales and also Gas Trading and also Solutions and also
Retail services, along
with the gas production service of the North and South Morecambe gas
fields, were moved to Centrica, which continues to possess and
operate the British Gas retail brand. British Gas
got Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Managing Director, Mark Hodges, who
manages a service that
provides power and
services to eleven million homes, as
well as utilizes over 28,000 staff based across the UK. In
Could 2007, British Gas signed a spots deal which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being
provided to the company, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system and also a speed limiter, designed by Siemens. The offer was renewed in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was announced that
224,000 domestic customers had actually left the business, citing clients coming to the end of
their set bargains and after that proceeding to
various other suppliers as the main reason for this loss.
In the exact same month (April 2016)
British Gas also revealed
they would be closing a call centre as well as office in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of around
British Gas Advertising, Sponsorship and Marketing.
British Gas has actively been
associated with sporting activities sponsorship,
consisting of a six-year take care of
the British swimming group which commenced in March
2009, as well as is anticipated to net the
group ₤ 15 million and also from 2006 to 2009, it
funded the Southern Football League of England.
tv advertising and marketing has included lots of
high profile individuals, and also in the early 1990s, one promotion included
Cheryl Tweedy as a small child, more than 10 years prior to the beginning
of her pop music career.
In November 2012, the Info
Commissioner's Workplace openly noted British Gas as one of a number of
firms that it had worries
concerning due to unsolicited phone call for marketing. The concerns
were based upon issues. In
action, British Gas stated
that "We uphold the highest requirements when speaking to people in their residences, and also only utilize contact details if
we have share consent
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulatory authority Ofgem
got to an agreement with British Gas for the
firm to pay ₤ 1 million in compensation to hundreds of people,
that had actually been encouraged to switch over from various other
suppliers to British Gas by British Gas
overstated insurance claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas released an advert, including their
brand-new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Circulation network drivers.
British Gas is an power distributor for homes across the
nation. The framework (
pipelines) which supplies the gas to
customers is possessed and also
preserved by various other firms. They
do not, nevertheless, take care of
the network of towers and also cables that distributes power-- these are preserved by
circulation network drivers (DNOs) which vary from area to area. If,
as an example, there is a power blackout it
is required to get in touch with the proper DNO rather than the power supplier.