About British Gas
British Gas is an energy and residence services provider in the
United Kingdom. It is the trading name of British Gas Services Limited and British Gas New
Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica.
Offering around twelve million homes in the United Kingdom, British Gas
is the most significant power supplier in the nation as well as is considered one of
Big Six controling the gas
as well as electricity market in the UK, inning accordance
with the British Gas Wikipedia page.
History of British Gas
The Gas Light as well as Coke
Business was the initial public utility
company in the world. It was
founded by Frederick Albert Winsor and integrated by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
It continued to prosper for the next 136 years, broadening right into domestic services
whilst soaking up lots of
smaller sized firms including the Aldgate Gas Light as well as Coke
Firm (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and also Coke
Business (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Business (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Customer's Business (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Business (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Business (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light as well
as Coke Firm (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and also Coke Firm (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Company (1883 ), Richmond Gas Company (1925 ), Brentford Gas Company (1926 ), Pinner Gas Company (1930) as well as Southend-on-Sea and also District Gas Company (1932 )
On 1 Could 1949, the GLCC became the huge part of the 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
UK was generally run by area councils and also tiny
personal firms. Currently making use of a combustible gas
( frequently referred to as "town gas") piped to houses
as a gas was still being marketed to consumers, by such
means as the National Gas Congress and also
Event in 1913. The gas used in
the 19th as well as very early 20th centuries was
coal gas, however in the period of 1967-- 77, British
residential coal gas supplies were
changed by natural gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Work government reshaped the gas market,
bringing in the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas industry in the UK and also 1,062 privately
local gas companies were combined
into twelve area gas boards, each a
different body with its own administration framework.
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 separated into
geographical groups or divisions which were typically further divided right into smaller
areas. These boards just became referred to as the "gas board", a term still
in some cases made use of when
describing British Gas.
the Gas Act developed 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 appointed by the preacher, and also the chairs of each of the twelve location boards.
The council worked as a channel of interaction with the minister;
took on work
settlements; embarked onresearch; and functioned as
agent for the gas sector normally.
The Gas Act 1965 changed the balance of power to the centre: it put the Gas Council on the
exact same ground as the location boards,
with the powers to obtain approximately ₤ 900
million, to make or obtain gas as
well as to provide gas wholesale to any location board.
In May 1968, the Gas Council relocated to huge new offices at 59 Bryanston Street, Marble Arc, London.
In the early 1970s, the gas industry was once more restructured after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act combined all the
location boards as well as produced the
From its creation, the
company was in charge of
advancement and also
upkeep of the supply of gas to Great Britain, along with
pleasing the practical
need for gas throughout the nation. Its management,
like that of the area boards, was
assigned and overseen by the Secretary of State for Profession and Sector till 1974, when those
powers were vested in the freshly produced setting of Secretary of State for
Federal government led by Head of state Margaret Thatcher
introduced the Gas Act 1986, where led to the privatisation of the company,
and also on 8 December 1986, its shares floated
on the London stock exchange as British Gas
plc. In the hope of motivating individuals to become
shareholders, the deal was promoted with the "If you see Sid ... Inform him!"
The going public of 135p
each share valued the company at ₤ 9 billion, the highest equity offering ever before at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the
totally different BG Team and the
Gas Sales and Gas Trading,
Providers and also Retail services. The Gas Sales and also Gas Trading as
well as Solutions and
Retail organisations, together with the gas production service of the North and also South Morecambe gas
areas, were moved to Centrica, which continuouslies have and also
operate the British Gas retail brand. British Gas
acquired Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Managing Supervisor, Mark Hodges, who supervises a service that
offers energy and
solutions to eleven million residences, and also employs over 28,000 personnel based across the United Kingdom. In Might 2007, British Gas signed a landmark
offer which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being
provided to the company, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system and also a rate limiter,
developed by Siemens. The bargain was renewed in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was revealed that
224,000 household clients had actually left the company,
mentioning customers coming to the end of
their fixed offers and after that going on to
various other vendors as the main factor for this loss.
In the very same month (April 2016)
British Gas also revealed
they would be shutting a
telephone call centre and workplace in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of roughly
British Gas Marketing, Sponsorship as well as Marketing.
British Gas has proactively been
involved in sporting activities sponsorship,
consisting of a six-year manage
the British swimming team which started in March
2009, and also is anticipated to net the team ₤ 15 million as well as from 2006 to 2009, it
funded the Southern Football Organization of England.
television advertising and marketing has
actually featured numerous
high profile people, and in the
very early 1990s, one promotion included
Cheryl Tweedy as a kid,
greater than ten years before the beginning
of her popular song career.
In November 2012, the Info
Commissioner's Office publicly listed British Gas as one of a variety of
firms that it had concerns regarding due to
unrequested phone call for marketing. The issues
were based on issues. In
response, British Gas stated
that "We maintain the greatest requirements when calling people in their residences, as well as just use call information if
we have express approval
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulator Ofgem
reached an contract with British Gas for the
company to pay ₤ 1 million in
settlement to numerous people,
who had been
suggested to change from various other
distributors to British Gas by British Gas
advisors making use of
overstated insurance claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas released an advert, including their
brand-new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Circulation network operators.
British Gas is an energy
vendor for residences across the
nation. The facilities (
pipelines) which delivers the gas to
customers is possessed as well as kept by various other companies. They
do not, nevertheless, manage
the network of towers as well as
cords that disperses electricity-- these are maintained by
distribution network drivers (DNOs) which
differ from area to area. If, for example, there is a power blackout it
is required to speak to the appropriate DNO as opposed to the energy supplier.