Water Merchants & Conservators

Who

Grand Union Water Co. was founded by Peter Sceats who worked on the UK Government’s Water White Paper in 2010/11 which is the basis of the competitive water market.

Grand Union Water Co. is a “Water Merchant & Conservator” with an innovative FOUR STEP approach to water & waste-water services that enables businesses to use less water, and pay less for the water they do use.

Click the icon below to see our Elevator Pitch, the super abbreviated version of what we do.

Grand Union Water Co. operates in an ethical and regulated manner with crystal clear fees and documentation. Grand Union Water Co. is proud to publicly assert it complies with the Ofwat Voluntary TPI Code and adheres to the Water Procurement Advisor Code of Conduct.

Grand Union additionally conceived the “GB Virtual Water Main” bulk-water balancing concept and consults to government agencies and water companies on wholesale water risk management matters.

Peter Sceats

Peter Sceats

“We place ethics and our integrity at the heart of everything we do. We believe passionately in water conservation, our staff and partners are among those who believe in the power of business and capitalism to do good things for society.”

Peter Sceats London Feb-16

Peter Sceats Founder (London & Zug Switzerland)
Bee Barrett General Manager & Director of Bill Validation
(London & Kent GB)
Hermon Bindra Director of Pricing & Evaluation (Virginia USA)
Lord Mackenzie OBE Consultant Head of Policy & Ethics (London & Durham GB)
Carrieann O’Connell Water Efficiency Consultant (Hertfordshire GB)
Glen Collins Senior Water Auditor & Head of Special
Services (West Midlands GB)
Denise Marsdon Head of Sustainability (Northamptonshire GB)
Pete Wells Senior Associate (Essex GB)
Penny Winter Senior Associate (Buckinghamshire GB)
Charlotte Wiggins Administration Manager (Kent GB)

THE REST OF THE TEAM

Scott, Mike and Laurel handle all our other functions such as website & IT, book-keeping and audit support.

JOIN OUR TEAM:

We are always looking for apprentice level staff we can train on one or all components of our FOUR STEP service. We allow our team members to work flexibly and from home if they so choose. We operate regionally so work is not necessarily London, Virginia or Zug based. Email your CV to us, we respond promptly to every approach.

And we are always looking for referral and cooperation partners. If you or your company share our ethics and have clients and contacts who would benefit from using less water and paying less for the water they do use, please contact us – Email info@grandunionwater.com

What

The UK Water Act 2014 established the framework to create a market that allows millions of businesses across Great Britain to choose their supplier of water & waste-water retail services.

A competitive market opened in England in April 2017 following successful implementation in Scotland. In Wales only consumers with a usage of 50,000 M3 a year can switch supplier.

Grand Union Water Co. offer a simple FOUR STEP approach to reducing water consumption and water costs:

Step #1: Water Tender

We bundle our client’s overall water demand (to leverage procurement potential) and encourage ALL water retailers to compete for our client’s business. We identify the best supplier on quantitative and qualitative basis in an ethical manner while providing audit trail justifying the choice of Water Retailer.

Step #2: Water Bill Validation

Our team identifies specifics of a site’s water use versus what has been billed and then we reclaim water company overcharges. Water billing in the UK is of utterly dreadful quality across the country, with the Thames Water region among the worst.

Step #3: Water Audit

We identify consumption reduction opportunity with clear recommendations based on retrofit return on investment.

Step #4: Special Services

Some consumer’s use of water is larger and more complex than the norm and requires detailed and expert attention. As such, special services such as self-supply, abstraction rights, bore holes and most other complex water linked services are handled by our Birmingham based Special Services Division.

When

Now!

The Bill Validation and Water Audit ideally take place after the WaterProcurement step. On enquiry we produce a WATER ACTION PLAN setting out clear and pragmatic steps to reducing water costs, obtaining billing rebates and driving consumption reduction.

Where

Scotland opened for competitive water procurement in 2008. England opened in Apr-17. Businesses and charities in Wales and Northern Ireland are denied competitive water by their respective Parliamentary Assemblies.

Grand Union Water Co. is a limited liability company registered at 4 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1. Our client meeting rooms are in Old Queen Street, Westminster and we have offices in Zug Switzerland and Virginia USA.

Why

It is a near certainty that your business or charity has been ignored by its incumbent water company and incorrectly billed for water and waste-water services. That’s just how it is.

The change to the competitive water market did not come about because the pre-Apr-17 water monopolies did a great job. It was introduced to begin to redress the balance.

Business and charity consumers have the opportunity to:

  1. Reduce the cost of water & waste-water services
  2. Reclaim billing overcharge and get improved and consolidated billing (one bill for multi-site consumers)
  3. Reduce consumption
  4. Solve myriad more complex issues concerning consumption, waste-water and trade effluent

How Much

In the first phase of the Scottish market, consumers made annual savings of anywhere up to 25%. English water economics are different, consumers are making savings of 0.50% to 5%, with multiple water & waste-water companies competing for our client’s business.

It is reasonable to assume savings will be forthcoming on ANY English and Scottish tender, but an exact quote cannot be specifically forecast without seeing water bills and running a site-specific tender.

And it is not unreasonable to think that savings made thru lower water rates could be doubled or significantly amplified by accompanying consumption reduction measures.

Fees

Grand Union Water’s fees are completely transparent:

Water Procurement: Between 0.50% and 1.50% of annual water spend or between 20% and 40% of the generated annual savings PAID BY THE TENDER WINNING WATER RETAILER and not the consumer. Our tenders are distributed to all licensed water & waste-water retailers in Great Britain and our service is compliant with both the Ofwat Voluntary Code and the WPA Code of Conduct.

Water Bill Validation: £25 per hour preparatory fee and between 20% and 40% of any overbilling successfully reclaimed.

Water Audit: Between £700 and £1,400 per GB site, flat fee

Special Services: Fees for Special Services are dependent on the task at hand.

 

For clients who prefer to undertake procurement and other water-linked processes in-house or via a facilities management company, we also provide project consultancy to support.

Ask some other Utility Brokers what their rates are… Check the transparency of our competition before using us.

IMPORTANT

Grand Union Water Co. does not have any sweetheart deals, kick-back arrangement or exclusivity with any water retailer. We never will. Exclusivity between a supplier and an advisor does not promote competition or clarity. Any element of exclusivity or sweetheart arrangement between a supplier and an advisor is against the spirit and very concept of the market.

Before engaging Grand Union or any other water advisor (or energy advisor claiming to cover water) request a written response from them to the Ofwat and WPA Code of Conduct’sbullet points. Quite simply if a broker, TPI or consultant does not publicly state compliance with the water codes of conduct, AVOID, AVOID, AVOID.

Beyond the agreed fee or share of savings, with Grand Union there are no hidden commissions, no other tender costs or unnecessary complexity or any of that nefarious activity one sees in the energy space.

What Else

In addition to our FOUR STEP service, Grand Union Water Co. is proud to also provide the water conservancy products of Everything Water Ltd., and the energy advisory and energy storage services of our sister company London Power & Light Co.

Common Sense, logic, a sense of humour and the idea that the client always comes first are provided free of charge.

Contact

Switchboard: +44 (0)207 101 4714

Email: info@grandunionwater.com

Registered Office: Grand Union Water Co., 26 York Street  London  W1
Companies House Reg. #​10325898

 

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Our Shareholders

Peter SceatsPETER SCEATS

Peter Sceats has traded, brokered and consulted across electricity, gas, coal, uranium and water.

As a management consultant, he has specialised in new markets, business start-ups and the formation of commodity indices.

Beginning with UK agricultural indices and real-estate linked benchmarks, Peter went on to develop the Month Ahead Gas Index of Italy and the API coal indices upon which the international coal market is based and all European coal power stations and Atlantic Basin coal mines are valued. The coal indices he founded currently benchmark around $300 billion in international trade.

He input to the Japanese energy suppliers and the government with his “Liberalising Energy Markets: What to Expect and How to Handle it” programme. He set up risk management, trading and sales businesses for Gerald Metals, RWE, BHP Billiton, Tradition and Kazatomprom.

Peter’s honours and memberships include:

  • Founder of the API Coal Indices
  • Energy Risk Magazine’s Pioneer of Risk Management.
  • Globalcoal Risk Manager of the Year
  • Designer of the GB Virtual Water Main concept
  • Co-Founder of the Water Procurement Advisor Code of Conduct
  • Financial Conduct Authority qualified
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Water Group
  • Associate of the Energy Managers Association
  • Society of Technical Analysts Diploma with Distinction MSTA (Dist.)
  • NLP Practitioner (NLPP)

Peter was for five and a half years “Co-ordinator of European Markets” for one of the world’s largest Energy Advisors procuring electricity and gas for medium and large-scale energy consumers. In 2016 he resigned this contract to set up Grand Union Water and London Power & Light with former Tradition colleagues.

He began his work in the water markets in 2010 inputting a model for a competitive water market in the UK to the Water White Paper that is seen as the blueprint for the Water Act of 2014.

Pete is (still) a scooter riding Mod, plays the guitar and sings really loudly.

peter@grandunionwater.com

HERMON BINDRA

Hermon held senior account manager positions with Estée Lauder and Tradition Energy. At TE she was responsible for all support functions concerning European business. At Grand Union she is now responsible for all tendering, water pricing matters and supplier interaction with the water retailers.

H is a budding yogi that loves movies, cooking, travelling, and fashion.

hermon@grandunionwater.com

BERNADETTE BARRETT

Bee previously worked for Nationwide Building Society and came to the energy market via Tradition Energy where she was a Sales Administrator. At Grand Union she is responsible for the general management of the company and Bill Validation.

Bee has a Weimaraner called Echo Wiggins who is very excited nearly all the time.

bee@grandunionwater.com

Lord Mackenzie OBELORD MACKENZIE OBE

Lord (Brian) Mackenzie OBE is a British Labour member of the House of Lords.  He was appointed OBE in the 1998 New Year’s Honours for services to the Police Service and the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales.

Mackenzie rose through the ranks of the police service, becoming a Superintendent upon secondment to the Home Office and later becoming Chief Superintendent in the Durham Constabulary. A graduate of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, he was active in the Police Superintendents’ Association and was its President for three years. He was a special adviser on policing issues to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, from 1997 to 2001. He describes his proudest achievements as his instigation of the idea of a register of sex offenders; the abolition of the right to silence when interviewed regarding serious crime and the change in the law relating to Double Jeopardy.

Lord Mackenzie is University of LondonAlma mater, he held the historical and honorary appointment of Billet Master of the City of Durham between 1989 and 2003. He was made an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street in 2001.

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