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About British Gas
British Gas is an energy and
also home services provider in the
UK. It is the trading name of British Gas
Solutions Limited as well as British Gas New
Home Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica. Serving around twelve million homes in the UK, British Gas
is the most significant power supplier in the nation as well as is thought about one of
Big Six dominating the gas
and electrical energy market in the UK, according to the British Gas Wikipedia web page.
History of British Gas
The Gas Light and also Coke Company was the initial utility
business worldwide. It was
founded by Frederick Albert Winsor as
well as incorporated by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
It remained to
flourish for the following 136 years,
increasing right into domestic solutions
whilst taking in lots of
smaller firms consisting
of the Aldgate Gas Light and Coke
Firm (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and also Coke
Company (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light
Firm (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Consumer's Company (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Firm (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Company (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light and Coke Business (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and Coke Firm (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Business (1883 ), Richmond Gas
Firm (1925 ), Brentford Gas Company (1926 ), Pinner Gas Firm (1930) and Southend-on-Sea and also District Gas Company (1932 )
On 1 Might 1949, the GLCC became the major part of the new North
Thames Gas Board, among Britain's twelve local gas board
after the death of the Gas Act 1948
In the early 1900s, the gas market in the
UK was mostly run by county councils as well as little
Right now using a flammable gas
( usually known as " community gas") piped to houses
as a gas was still being marketed to consumers, by such
ways as the National Gas Congress as well as
Exhibition in 1913. The gas utilized in
the 19th and also early 20th centuries was
coal gas, but in the period of 1967-- 77, British
residential coal gas materials were
replaced by gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Work government reshaped the gas sector,
generating the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting day
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas market in the United
Kingdom and 1,062 privately
possessed as well as
local gas firms were combined
right into twelve area gas boards, each a separate body with its 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
location board was separated right into
geographical teams or departments which were usually more divided right into smaller
areas. These boards merely came to
be called the "gas board", a term still
in some cases used when
referring to British Gas.
On top of that,
the Gas Act established the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay successfully with the
location boards. The council consisted of a
chair as well as replacement chair, both assigned by the preacher, and the chairs of each of the twelve location boards.
The council served as a channel of communication with the minister;
took on labour
settlements; took on
study; and also acted as spokesperson for the gas industry
The Gas Act 1965 changed the
equilibrium of power to the centre: it put the Gas Council on the
exact same ground as the area boards,
with the powers to borrow approximately ₤ 900
million, to manufacture or acquire gas as
well as to supply gas wholesale to any
type of location board.
In Might 1968, the Gas Council moved to huge new
workplaces at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arch, London.
In the very early 1970s, the gas market was once again reorganized after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act merged all the
location boards as well as produced the
British Gas Company.
From its beginning, the firm was responsible for
advancement and also maintenance of the supply of gas to Great Britain, along with
pleasing the reasonable
demand for gas throughout the nation. Its leadership,
like that of the area boards, was designated and also overseen by the Secretary of State for Profession and Industry up until 1974, when those
powers were vested in the newly
developed setting of Secretary of State for Energy.
The Conventional Government led by Head of state Margaret Thatcher
presented the Gas Act 1986, in which brought about the privatisation of the company,
and also on 8 December 1986, its shares floated
on the London securities market as British Gas
plc. In the hope of motivating people to become
investors, the offer was promoted with the "If you see Sid ... Tell him!"
The initial public offering of 135p per share valued the firm at ₤ 9 billion, the highest possible equity offering ever at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the entirely different BG Team and the
Gas Sales and also Gas Trading, Services and Retail companies. The Gas Sales and also Gas Trading and also Services and also
Retail businesses, together with the gas manufacturing business of the North and South Morecambe gas
areas, were transferred to Centrica, which continues to have and
run the British Gas retail brand name. British Gas
obtained Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Handling Director, Mark Hodges, who supervises a service that
gives power and
solutions to eleven million houses, as
well as employs over 28,000 personnel based throughout the United Kingdom. In Might 2007, British Gas signed a site bargain which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being
provided to the firm, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system as well as a speed limiter,
developed by Siemens. The offer was renewed in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was introduced that
consumers had actually left the firm,
mentioning customers coming to the end of
their fixed deals
and afterwards proceeding to other providers as the main factor for this loss.
In the very same month (April 2016)
British Gas likewise revealed
they would certainly be closing a
telephone call centre as well as workplace in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of roughly
British Gas Advertising And
Marketing, Sponsorship and also
Advertising and marketing.
British Gas has actually proactively been
associated with sports sponsorship,
including a six-year deal with
the British swimming group which began in March
2009, and is anticipated to net the
group ₤ 15 million and also from 2006 to 2009, it
sponsored the Southern Football League of England.
television marketing has featured lots of
high profile individuals, and in the
very early 1990s, one advertisement included
Cheryl Tweedy as a toddler, more than 10 years prior to the beginning
of her pop music job.
In November 2012, the Details
Commissioner's Workplace openly
detailed British Gas as one of a variety of companies that it had issues about because of
unrequested phone call for advertising and marketing. The worries
were based upon complaints. In
reaction, British Gas claimed
that "We maintain the highest standards when speaking to people in their residences, and just utilize contact details if
we have express consent
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulator Ofgem
reached an agreement with British Gas for the
firm to pay ₤ 1 million in compensation to thousands of individuals,
that had actually been advised to switch over from various other
providers to British Gas by British Gas
advisers making use of
exaggerated insurance claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas released an advert, including their
new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Circulation network drivers.
British Gas is an energy
vendor for homes across the
country. The framework (
pipelines) which supplies the gas to
customers is owned as well as maintained by other firms. They
do not, nevertheless, take care of
the network of towers and also wires that disperses power-- these are kept by
distribution network drivers (DNOs) which
differ from region to region. If,
as an example, there is a power outage it
is necessary to
call the proper DNO rather than the energy provider.