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About British Gas
British Gas is an energy as well as house services provider in the
UK. It is the trading name of British Gas Providers Limited as well as British Gas New
Home Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica.
Offering around twelve million homes in the UK, British Gas
is the most significant power supplier in the country as well as is thought about one of
Big 6 controling the gas
power market in the United Kingdom, inning accordance
with the British Gas Wikipedia web page.
History of British Gas
The Gas Light as well as Coke Firm was the initial utility
business in the world. It was started by Frederick Albert Winsor and also incorporated by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
It continued to thrive for the following 136 years, broadening right into domestic services
whilst absorbing numerous
smaller companies including the Aldgate Gas Light as well as Coke
Firm (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and Coke
Business (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Company (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Consumer's Business (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Business (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Business (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light and Coke Business (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and Coke Firm (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Business (1883 ), Richmond Gas Business (1925 ), Brentford Gas Company (1926 ), Pinner Gas
Business (1930) as well as Southend-on-Sea as
well as District Gas Business (1932 )
On 1 Could 1949, the GLCC became the huge part of the brand-new North
Thames Gas Board, one of Britain's twelve regional gas board
after the passing of the Gas Act 1948
In the very early 1900s, the gas market in the
United Kingdom was primarily run by
region councils and small
exclusive companies. At this time the use of a flammable gas
(often referred to as " community gas") piped to residences
as a fuel was still being marketed to customers, by such
methods as the National Gas Congress as well as
Event in 1913. The gas used in
the 19th and very early 20th centuries was
coal gas, however in the duration of 1967-- 77, British
domestic coal gas supplies were
changed by natural gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Labour
federal government reshaped the gas sector,
generating the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas sector in the United
Kingdom and also 1,062 privately
had and municipal gas companies were merged
into twelve location gas boards, each a separate body with its own management structure.
The twelve gas boards were: Eastern, East Midlands,
Northern, North Eastern, North Thames, North West, Scottish, Southern, South
Eastern, South West, Wales, as well as West Midlands. Each
area board was separated into
geographical teams or divisions which were commonly further
split right into smaller sized
areas. These boards merely ended up being called the "gas board", a term still
in some cases used when
referring to British Gas.
the Gas Act established the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay successfully with the
location boards. The council included a
chair and also deputy chair, both assigned by the minister, and also the chairs of each of the twelve area boards.
The council functioned as a
network of interaction with the preacher;
embarked on work arrangements; embarked on
research; and also functioned as representative for the gas industry normally.
The Gas Act 1965 changed the balance of power to the centre: it placed the Gas Council on the
exact same footing as the area boards,
with the powers to borrow approximately ₤ 900
million, to manufacture or get gas and also to provide gas in bulk to any kind of location board.
In May 1968, the Gas Council moved to large new
workplaces at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arch, London.
In the early 1970s, the gas market was again restructured after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act combined all the area boards and also created the
British Gas Company.
From its beginning, the firm was accountable for
growth and also maintenance of the supply of gas to Great Britain, in addition to
satisfying the affordable
need for gas throughout the country. Its management,
like that of the location boards, was selected and overseen by the Secretary of State for Profession
and also Market until 1974, when those
powers were vested in the freshly produced position of Secretary of State for Energy.
The Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
introduced the Gas Act 1986, where resulted
in the privatisation of the business,
as well as on 8 December 1986, its shares drifted
on the London securities market as British Gas
plc. In the hope of motivating people to become
investors, the deal was
marketed with the "If you see Sid ... Inform him!"
The initial public offering of 135p
each share valued the firm at ₤ 9 billion, the highest equity offering ever at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had actually
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the entirely separate BG Team as well as the
Gas Sales and also Gas Trading, Solutions and also Retail businesses. The Gas Sales as well as Gas Trading as
well as Providers and also
Retail companies, along
with the gas manufacturing business of the North as well as South Morecambe gas
fields, were transferred to Centrica, which continues to own and
operate the British Gas retail brand name. British Gas
got Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Handling Supervisor, Mark Hodges, who looks after a service that
supplies power as well as
solutions to eleven million residences, and also uses over 28,000 personnel based throughout the UK. In Might 2007, British Gas signed a site deal which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being
provided to the firm, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system and also a rate limiter, created by Siemens. The bargain was renewed in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was announced that
consumers had actually left the firm, pointing out consumers coming to the end of
their fixed bargains and then moving on to
various other vendors as the major factor for this loss.
In the very same month (April 2016)
British Gas also announced
they would certainly be shutting a
telephone call centre and also office in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of around
British Gas Advertising, Sponsorship and
Advertising and marketing.
British Gas has actually actively been
associated with sporting activities sponsorship,
consisting of a six-year manage
the British swimming group which began in March
2009, and is expected to net the
group ₤ 15 million and also from 2006 to 2009, it
sponsored the Southern Football League of England.
television advertising and marketing has
actually showcased numerous
high profile people, as well as in the
very early 1990s, one advertisement consisted of
Cheryl Tweedy as a toddler, more than 10 years prior to the beginning
of her pop music profession.
In November 2012, the Details
Commissioner's Workplace publicly provided British Gas as one of a number of
firms that it had concerns
concerning as a result of unsolicited phone call for
advertising. The concerns
were based on grievances. In
action, British Gas said
that "We promote the greatest criteria when contacting people in their homes, and also only
make use of call info if
we have express permission
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulator Ofgem
got to an agreement with British Gas for the
company to pay ₤ 1 million in payment to thousands of people,
who had been encouraged to change from other
suppliers to British Gas by British Gas
exaggerated insurance claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas released an advert, including their
brand-new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Distribution network operators.
British Gas is an power distributor for homes across the
nation. The facilities (pipes) which supplies the gas to
customers is owned and also maintained by various other business. They
do not, nevertheless, manage
the network of towers and cables that distributes
electrical energy-- these are preserved by
distribution network operators (DNOs) which
differ from area to area. If, for example, there is a power blackout it
is necessary to get in touch with the appropriate DNO
instead of the power