Concerning British Gas
British Gas is an energy as well as residence companies in the
United Kingdom. It is the trading name of British Gas
Solutions Limited and British Gas New
Home Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica. Serving around twelve million homes in the United Kingdom, British Gas
is the most significant power vendor in the country and is thought about among
Big 6 controling the gas
and electrical power market in the UK, according to the British Gas Wikipedia page.
History of British Gas
The Gas Light as well as Coke Firm was the very first public utility
company in the world. It was
founded by Frederick Albert Winsor as
well as integrated by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
It remained to prosper for the following 136 years,
increasing right into domestic services
whilst soaking up many
smaller sized companies including the Aldgate Gas Light and Coke Business (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and Coke
Firm (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Business (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Consumer's
Firm (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Business (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Company (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light and also Coke Company (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and also Coke Firm (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Business (1883 ), Richmond Gas
Firm (1925 ), Brentford Gas Business (1926 ), Pinner Gas Firm (1930) as well as Southend-on-Sea and also District Gas Company (1932 )
On 1 Might 1949, the GLCC came to be 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 mostly run by
region councils and also small
Right now the use of a combustible gas
called "town gas") piped to residences
as a fuel was still being marketed to consumers, by such
ways as the National Gas Congress as well as
Exhibit in 1913. The gas used in
the 19th as well as very early 20th centuries was
coal gas, but in the duration of 1967-- 77, British
residential coal gas supplies 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 date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas sector in the United
Kingdom as well as 1,062 privately
owned and also metropolitan gas companies were combined
right into twelve area gas boards, each a separate body with its very own
The twelve gas boards were: Eastern, East Midlands,
Northern, North Eastern, North Thames, North West, Scottish, Southern, South
Eastern, South West, Wales, and West Midlands. Each
area board was separated right into
geographical teams or departments which were commonly more separated into smaller sized
areas. These boards merely came to
be referred to as the "gas board", a term still sometimes made use of when
describing British Gas.
the Gas Act established the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay efficiently with the
area boards. The council contained a
chair and also replacement chair, both selected by the priest, and the chairs of each of the twelve area boards.
The council served as a channel of interaction with the minister;
embarked on work
settlements; embarked on
study; and also acted as
agent for the gas sector
The Gas Act 1965 shifted the balance of power to the centre: it put the Gas Council on the
exact same footing as the location boards,
with the powers to borrow approximately ₤ 900
million, to make or get gas and also to supply gas wholesale to any area board.
In Could 1968, the Gas Council moved to big new offices at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arch, London.
In the early 1970s, the gas industry was again reorganized after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act merged all the
location boards as well as developed the
British Gas Firm.
From its beginning, the
company was in charge of
advancement and also
upkeep of the supply of gas to Great Britain, in addition to
pleasing the reasonable
demand for gas throughout the country. Its management,
like that of the location boards, was selected and
managed by the Secretary of State for Trade
and also Market till 1974, when those
powers were vested in the newly
developed placement of Secretary of State for
The Traditional Government led by Head of state Margaret Thatcher
presented the Gas Act 1986, where led to the privatisation of the business,
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
marketed with the "If you see Sid ... Inform him!"
The initial public offering of 135p
each share valued the company at ₤ 9 billion, the highest possible equity offering ever before at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the entirely separate BG Team as well as the
Gas Sales as well as Gas Trading,
Providers and Retail businesses. The Gas Sales as well as Gas Trading and Providers as well as
Retail organisations, along
with the gas production company of the North and also South Morecambe gas
areas, were moved to Centrica, which continues to own and
run the British Gas retail brand. British Gas
got Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Managing Director, Mark Hodges, who looks after a organisation that
gives energy and
services to eleven million homes, and uses over 28,000
team based across the United Kingdom. In Might 2007, British Gas signed a landmark bargain which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being supplied to the firm, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system and a rate limiter, created by Siemens. The bargain was
restored in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was introduced that
224,000 household customers had actually left the company,
mentioning consumers coming to the end of
their fixed offers and then going on to
various other suppliers as the main reason for this loss.
In the very same month (April 2016)
British Gas additionally announced
they would certainly be closing a
telephone call centre and office in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of approximately
British Gas Advertising, Sponsorship and Marketing.
British Gas has proactively been
associated with sports sponsorship,
including a six-year deal with
the British swimming group which started in March
2009, and is expected to net the team ₤ 15 million and also from 2006 to 2009, it
sponsored the Southern Football Organization of England.
television marketing has
actually featured many
high profile individuals, and also in the early 1990s, one ad consisted of
Cheryl Tweedy as a small child, more than 10 years prior to the start
of her popular song career.
In November 2012, the Info
Commissioner's Workplace openly provided British Gas as one of a variety of
firms that it had issues
concerning as a result of
unrequested telephone calls for advertising and marketing. The problems
were based on grievances. In
reaction, British Gas claimed
that "We promote the
highest possible requirements when contacting individuals in their
houses, and also just utilize call information if
we have express approval
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulator Ofgem
reached an arrangement with British Gas for the
business to pay ₤ 1 million in payment to thousands of individuals,
that had actually been
suggested to switch over from other
vendors to British Gas by British Gas
advisors making use of
exaggerated claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas introduced an advert, including their
brand-new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Circulation network drivers.
British Gas is an power supplier for residences across the
nation. The infrastructure (
pipelines) which delivers the gas to consumers is possessed as well as kept by other firms. They
do not, nonetheless, handle
the network of towers as well as cables that distributes power-- these are preserved by
circulation network operators (DNOs) which vary from region to region. If, for instance, there is a power outage it
is needed to contact the ideal DNO rather than the power supplier.