You may have seen this morning’s announcement that SSE has entered into an agreement with npower to combine SSE’s household energy supply and services business in GB with npower’s household and business energy supply in GB.
Amber McEwen, Head of Marketing at SSE Business Energy, talks about X Energy 2017.
Today, I’m at the X-Energy event in London meeting with energy and sustainability professionals from across the UK discussing the intersection of energy and technology.
Amber McEwen, Head of Marketing at SSE Business Energy, talks about the disruption facing large businesses – and it isn’t the 'Uberisation' of traditional industries.
Last week I was up in Scotland meeting with Alan Young, SSE’s Managing Director of Corporate Affairs, discussing what the greatest disruption facing big businesses today is. Maybe surprisingly we do not think it is simply the 'Uberisation' of traditional industries.
Amber McEwen, Head of Marketing at SSE Business Energy, talks about how we are working with the Fair Tax Mark and Living Wage foundations to bring the Better Business programme to a wider audience:
A few years ago, I was talking to a marketing agency about the SSE Business Energy brand and what direction we should be taking. They said something that I completely disagreed with then, and still do now; that we should steer clear from sustainability as it was ‘old news’.
Amber McEwen, Head of Marketing at SSE Business Energy talks about the Better Business programme, and the benefits it can bring businesses:
One of the things that drew me to work for SSE Business Energy a few years ago was the fact that SSE prides itself on being a responsible company, and works hard to do the right thing. SSE has been Fair Tax accredited for three consecutive years and has been a Living Wage accredited employer in the UK since 2013.
SSE has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling climate change by issuing the biggest ever green bond by a UK company.
The €600m bond is the first of its kind issued by a UK headquartered energy company and supports not only the development of an active UK market in environmentally-friendly capital market products but, perhaps most importantly shows a strong commitment towards the environment and future generations.
Fairness is difficult to argue with as a concept. The pursuit of fairness galvanises politicians across the spectrum and is a concept that resonates even with the smallest children. There are times when an idea captures the imagination of the majority, its simplicity encapsulating the notion of fairness perfectly. The real Living Wage of £8.45 does exactly that and has the support of over 780 employers in Scotland and 3,000+ throughout the UK.
Rachel McEwen, the Director of Sustainability for SSE and the chair of the Scottish Business Leadership group for the Living Wage, representing SSE is proud the initiative in Scotland celebrates its 3rd anniversary this April, after funding from the Scottish Government to employ staff. The leadership group also includes employers like Standard life and KPMG , as well as SMEs like Utopia Computers and Voca; the universities of Caledonia and Strathclyde; Dundee Council; and the Third Sector with SCVO and Young Scot.
Accredited Living Wage employers have helped nearly 25,000 people get a pay rise in Scotland.
This week the Prime Minister announced that a General Election has been called for 8th June 2017. Following that announcement the Government will enter a pre-election Purdah period, which restricts the activity of civil servants in the run-up to elections and referendums. The 2017 election Purdah is expected to start on 3rd May, which means from this time there won’t be any major Government (including from Ofgem and other public bodies) announcements until after the election. Furthermore Parliamentary summer recess will then commence on 20th July and run until 5th September.
Whilst the timing of policy decisions and announcements are never certain, overall our expectation is that for most major energy policies timings will not likely be impacted by the Purdah period.
SSE has been ranked the number one non domestic energy provider at handling complaints from small business customers. The external recognition comes as a result of the Citizens Advice Bureau’s latest quarterly non domestic energy supplier performance league table*.
The league table was first published in September 2016, and SSE was ranked in second place at that time. The most recent report shows that we currently have a complaints ratio of 11.7 per 10,000 customers (or 0.117%) placing us first out of the fifteen largest energy suppliers included in the ranking.
The Capacity Market is the Government’s main mechanism to ensure that the GB electricity system remains secure by ensuring sufficient reliable capacity is in place to meet demand. Here are the latest developments on the Transitional Arrangement Auction and the Capacity Market Consultation.
Topics: Capacity Market