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 market balancing concept and consults to government agencies and water companies on bulk water risk management matters.
“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
|Bee Barrett||General Manager & Director of Bill Validation (Zug
|Hermon Bindra||Director of Pricing & Evaluation (Virginia USA)|
|Lord Mackenzie OBE||Director of Policy & Ethics (London &
|Carrieann O’Connell||Water Efficiency Consultant (London &
|Glen Collins||Senior Water Auditor & Head of Special
Services (West Midlands GB)
|Denise Marsdon||Head of Sustainability (Northamptonshire GB)|
|Pete Wells||Senior Associate (London & Essex GB)|
|Penny Caudle||Senior Associate (Oxfordshire GB)|
|Charlotte Wiggins||Administration Manager (Kent GB)|
|Alison Peacock||Lead Generation (Essex GB)|
THE REST OF THE TEAM
Scott, Mike, Laurel, Austin and Angela in our Essex back office handle all our other functions such as website & IT, book-keeping, audit support and office management.
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 too so work is not necessarily London 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 [email protected]
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
To encourage ALL water retailers to compete for our client’s business and 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
To identify specifics of site water use and reclaim water company overcharge.
Step #3: Water Audit
To 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.
The Bill Validation and Water Audit steps ideally take place after the Water Procurement step. On enquiry we set out a WATER ACTION PLAN produce clear and pragmatic steps to reducing water costs, obtaining billing rebates and driving consumption reduction.
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 26 York Street Marylebone London W1, our client meeting rooms are in Old Queen Street, Westminster and we have offices in Zug Switzerland and Virginia USA.
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.
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:
- Reduce the cost of water & waste-water services
- Reclaim billing overcharge and get improved and consolidated billing (one bill for multi-site consumers)
- Reduce consumption
- Solve myriad more complex issues concerning consumption, waste-water and trade effluent
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 forecasted 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 significantly amplified by accompanying consumption reduction measures.
The first three steps of Grand Union Water’s fees are completely transparent and vary only by site or portfolio size:
Water Tender: Between 0.75% and 1.25% of annual water spend or between 20% and 40% of the generated annual savings paid by the tender-winning Retailer. We also run selected water tenders on a “no win, no fee”, share of savings basis.
Water Bill Validation: £20 per hour preparatory fee and between 20% and 40% of any overbilling successfully reclaimed.
Water Audit: Between £700 and £995 per GB site, flat fee
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.
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.
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 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 Code and the WPA Code of Conduct’s bullet 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.
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.
Common Sense, logic, a sense of humour and the idea that the client always comes first are provided free of charge.
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, 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 Ltd/Man Group, RWE, BHP Billiton and Tradition Group and went on to become Head of Risk Management for the world’s largest uranium company.
Peter was for five and a half years “Co-ordinator of European Markets” for Tradition Energy a US focussed energy tender company, 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.
Pete is (still) a scooter riding Mod, plays the guitar and sings really loudly.
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.
Bee previously worked for Nationwide Building Society and came to the commodities market via Peter Sceats & Associates where she was office manager before becoming a marketing assistant at Tradition Energy. At Grand Union she is responsible for the general management of our company and Bill Validation.
Bee has a Weimaraner called Echo who has a very nice face.
LORD MACKENZIE OBE
Lord (Brian) Mackenzie OBE is a non-aligned member of the House of Lords
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 proposals for 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.
Brian’s alma mater is the University of London, he held the historical and honorary appointment of Billet Master of the City of Durham between 1989 and 2003. 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.
Lord Mackenzie OBE is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Water Group and co-founded the Water Procurement Advisor Code of Conduct. He became a shareholder of Grand Union Water in Apr-18 and is Director of Policy & Ethics.