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About British Gas
British Gas is an energy and
also house services provider in the
UK. It is the trading name of British Gas
Solutions Limited and British Gas New
Home Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica.
Offering around twelve million homes in the United Kingdom, British Gas
is the biggest energy
provider in the country and
also is thought about one of
Large Six dominating the gas
and electricity market in the UK, according to the British Gas Wikipedia page.
History of British Gas
The Gas Light and Coke
Business was the very first public utility
business in the world. It was
founded by Frederick Albert Winsor and included by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
It continued to prosper for the following 136 years, broadening into domestic services
whilst soaking up numerous
smaller sized business including the Aldgate Gas Light and Coke Business (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and also Coke
Business (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Company (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Customer's Business (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Firm (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Firm (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light as well
as Coke Firm (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and also Coke Company (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Firm (1883 ), Richmond Gas Business (1925 ), Brentford Gas Firm (1926 ), Pinner Gas Company (1930) as well as Southend-on-Sea as
well as District Gas Firm (1932 )
On 1 May 1949, the GLCC ended up
being the major part of the new North
Thames Gas Board, among Britain's twelve regional gas board
after the death of the Gas Act 1948
In the very early 1900s, the gas market in the
UK was generally run by area councils and also tiny
private firms. At this time making use of a flammable gas
( usually referred to as "town gas") piped to houses
as a fuel was still being marketed to consumers, by such
ways as the National Gas Congress and also
Event in 1913. The gas made use of in
the 19th as well as very early 20th centuries was
coal gas, however in the duration of 1967-- 77, British
domestic coal gas supplies were
changed by gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Labour
federal government improved the gas market,
bringing in the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas sector in the United
Kingdom and 1,062 privately
owned as well as community gas companies were merged
into twelve location gas boards, each a
different 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
location board was split into
geographical teams or divisions which were
frequently additional separated into smaller sized districts. These boards merely became called the "gas board", a term still sometimes used when
describing British Gas.
the Gas Act developed the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay properly with the
location boards. The council included a
chair and deputy chair, both
designated by the preacher, and also the chairs of each of the twelve area boards.
The council worked as a channel of interaction with the priest;
undertook labour arrangements; carried out
research; as well as functioned as spokesperson for the gas market normally.
The Gas Act 1965 moved the balance of power to the centre: it placed the Gas Council on the
very same ground as the location boards,
with the powers to obtain approximately ₤ 900
million, to manufacture or get gas as
well as to provide gas in bulk to any
type of location board.
In Might 1968, the Gas Council moved to large new
workplaces at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arc, London.
In the early 1970s, the gas
sector was again restructured after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act merged all the area boards and produced the
British Gas Corporation.
From its inception, the
company was accountable for
advancement as well as
upkeep of the supply of gas to Great Britain, along with
satisfying the practical
demand for gas throughout the nation. Its leadership,
like that of the location boards, was selected and also overseen by the Secretary of State for Profession as well as Market till 1974, when those
powers were vested in the newly produced setting of Secretary of State for Energy.
Federal government led by Head of state Margaret Thatcher
presented the Gas Act 1986, in which brought about the privatisation of the company,
as well as on 8 December 1986, its shares drifted
on the London stock exchange as British Gas
plc. In the hope of motivating individuals to become
investors, the offer was advertised with the "If you see Sid ... Tell him!"
The going public of 135p per share valued the company at ₤ 9 billion, the
greatest equity offering ever before at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the
totally separate BG Group as well as the
Gas Sales and also Gas Trading, Services and also Retail companies. The Gas Sales and also Gas Trading and Providers and also
Retail services, together with the gas manufacturing
organisation of the North and also South Morecambe gas
areas, were transferred to Centrica, which continuouslies own and also
operate the British Gas retail brand. British Gas
obtained Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Handling Director, Mark Hodges, who looks after a business that
provides power as well as
solutions to eleven million homes, and also employs over 28,000 staff based across the United Kingdom. In Might 2007, British Gas signed a site bargain which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being
provided to the company, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system and a speed limiter, created by Siemens. The deal was renewed in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was announced that
224,000 domestic clients had actually left the firm, citing clients coming to the end of
their fixed bargains and then moving on to other suppliers as the major reason for this loss.
In the same month (April 2016)
British Gas additionally introduced
they would be shutting a phone call centre as well as office in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of approximately
British Gas Advertising, Sponsorship as well as Advertising.
British Gas has actively been
involved in sports sponsorship,
consisting of a six-year handle
the British swimming group which began in March
2009, as well as is anticipated to net the team ₤ 15 million as well as from 2006 to 2009, it
sponsored the Southern Football Organization of England.
television advertising has
actually showcased numerous
high profile people, and also in the early 1990s, one advertisement consisted of
Cheryl Tweedy as a kid, more than 10 years prior to the start
of her popular song profession.
In November 2012, the Info
Commissioner's Office openly provided British Gas as one of a number of business that it had issues about as a result of
unrequested telephone calls for advertising and marketing. The worries
were based upon problems. In
feedback, British Gas said
that "We uphold the greatest criteria when calling individuals in their
houses, and also just utilize get in touch with details if
we have share consent
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulatory authority Ofgem
got to an agreement with British Gas for the
company to pay ₤ 1 million in payment to hundreds of people,
that had actually been encouraged to switch from various other
distributors to British Gas by British Gas
exaggerated insurance claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas introduced an advert, including their
brand-new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Circulation network operators.
British Gas is an power
vendor for homes across the
nation. The framework (pipes) which delivers the gas to consumers is had and also kept by other business. They
do not, however, manage
the network of towers as well as wires that disperses
electrical energy-- these are maintained by
distribution network drivers (DNOs) which vary from region to region. If, for instance, there is a power interruption it
is essential to
call the appropriate DNO
instead of the energy supplier.