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SSE Business Energy: The greatest disruption facing big businesses today

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 10/10/17 10:49

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.

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Topics: Events

SSE Business Energy: Fair Tax and Living Wage

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 28/09/17 08:36

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 bing 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’.

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Topics: Fair-tax, Living Wage, Green, Better Business

SSE Business Energy: Our Better Business Programme

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 26/09/17 09:28

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. 


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Topics: Fair-tax, Green, Better Business

SSE issues biggest ever green bond by UK company

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 31/08/17 10:08

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.  

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Topics: Green

What a difference the real living wage makes

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 25/04/17 14:01

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.

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2017 General Election: Potential Impact on Energy Policy Decisions

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 20/04/17 13:46

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.

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SSE ranked first place in customer league table

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 19/04/17 08:59

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.

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Topics: non domestic energy supplier performance

Latest Developments - UK Government Capacity Market

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 29/03/17 14:15

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.


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Topics: Capacity Market

Government lays regulations to implement EII exemption for CfDs

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 29/03/17 13:19

The regulation to implement the exemption for Energy Intensive Industries (EII) from the costs of the CfD have been laid in Parliament. EIIs will not be entitled to receive the exemption until the legislation have been approved by Parliament and entered into force (a date for this has not been confirmed). Alongside the regulations BEIS have published a draft guidance documents for EII applicants seeking an exemption from the CfD.

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Topics: Policy

Policy Changes - How will they affect you and your customers?

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 23/03/17 12:21

Kate Gillingham, Senior Policy Manager at SSE provides support on a range of Government policy areas to SSE’s Wholesale business.

Today, Kate Gillingham has been presenting at the Energy Live Consultancy Conference (ELCC), a specialist conference for energy brokers, talking about recent changes in UK Government energy policy and what impact this might have on our customer’s bills. Read the full presentation here

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Topics: Policy