Non-household water retailer Business Stream, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Scottish Water, which also holds the non-domestic customer base of Southern Water, has been awarded a contract with an annual spend of up to £10 million through the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services framework.
The contract will enable Business Stream, one of the largest retail water suppliers in the UK, to provide water and wastewater services, including leak detection, automated reading and water efficiency solutions to a wide range of public sector organisations in England.
In April, CCS joined forces with public sector procurement bodies YPO, ESPO and NEPO, with energy purchasers The Energy Consortium and West Mercia Energy as well as the Ministry of Defence, to bring the largest public sector water framework agreement to the UK market. The agreement will eventually support the public sector to save £20 million on its water bill.
CCS enables the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. Central government, schools, colleges, universities, museums, housing associations, councils, the emergency services and NHS Trusts are all included in the framework.
James Cardwell-Moore, Commercial Director at Business Stream, commented: “We were very pleased to secure a place on the framework and are absolutely delighted to have won one of the first contracts issued. We have a vast amount of experience in working with the public sector and are looking forward to the opportunity of providing our unparalleled expertise and extensive service offerings to new organisations in the sector.”
Scottish Water formed Business Stream in 2006 to serve business customers on the opening of the competitive retail water market in Scotland in 2008, followed by England in April 2017.