Water Merchants & Conservators

Who

Grand Union Water Co is a “Water Merchant & Conservator” covering all aspects of procurement of water & waste-water services in Great Britain.

Director Peter Sceats is Authorised and Regulated by the FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY under Controlled Function ‘CS30 Customer’ Ref # PXS01521. Peter worked on the UK Government’s Water White Paper in 2010/11 which is the basis of the new competitive market and sits on the All Party Parliamentary Water Group. Grand Union Water Co. is registered at Companies House under reference # 10325898 and operates in a regulated manner with crystal clear fees and documentation with no small print. Grand Union Water Co. adheres to the Water Procurement Advisor Code of Conduct and the Ofwat TPI Code.

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.

We place our integrity at the heart of everything we do. We believe in conducting ourselves in an ethical manner and are passionate about water conservation. Our Management Team, our Associates and Partners are among those who believe in the power of business and capitalism to do good things for society.

Peter SceatsPeter Sceats

Peter Sceats has traded, brokered and consulted across electricity, gas, coal 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 Tradition Energy European Gas and Electricity indices, 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.

Peter 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.

Peter was for five and a half years “Co-ordinator of European Markets” for Tradition Energy, one of the US’s largest Energy Advisors procuring electricity and gas for large scale consumers. In 2016 he resigned that contract to focus on Grand Union Water and energy storage with former 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 basis for the Water Act of 2014. Pete leads the company and day to day runs “Step #2” the water auditing part of the business.

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

Bernadette Barrett

Bee previously worked for Nationwide Building Society and Lloyds Register of Shipping. She came to the utilities market via Tradition Energy where she was a Marketing Associate in the European Representative office. At Grand Union she runs “Step #1” coordinating our Bill Validation team.

As a Management Team member, she is further responsible for marketing, database management, editing and publication of The Aqueduct: The Newsletter of the British Open Water Market.

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

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. Starting on water research she now runs “Step #3” for Grand Union and as Head of Pricing she is responsible for all tendering, water pricing matters and supplier interaction with the water retailers.

H is on the Management Team of our company and is a budding yogi, she loves movies, cooking, travelling, and fashion.

The rest of the team

Mike, Michael, Austin, Tim, Alison, Emma, Scott, Brian, Tony, Trevor, Charlotte, Jon and Laurel handle all our other functions such as lead generation, referrals, sales, research, website, book-keeping, transaction and audit support.  Wayne and Sarah take care of Workshop Water 20/20 and other Grand Union linked events.

JOIN OUR TEAM: We are always looking for apprentice level staff we can train on one or all components of our Three Step service. We are opening regional offices too so work is not necessarily London based. Email [email protected]

JOIN OUR TEAM: We are always looking for referral and cooperation partners. If you or your company have clients and contacts who would benefit from using less water and paying less for that they do use. Email [email protected]

What

The UK Water Act 2014 established a market that will allow millions of businesses and charities across Great Britain to choose their supplier of water & waste-water retail services.

Grand Union Water Co. offers a simple THREE STEP APPROACH to reducing water consumption and water costs:

Step #1 Water Bill Validation

Forensic scrutiny and analysis of past water billing to identify specifics of site water use and reclaim water company overcharge

Step #2 Water Audit

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

Step #3 Water Tender

To encourage ALL pre-vetted water retailers to compete for our client’s business and identify the best supplier in an ethical manner providing an audit trail justifying recommendation

The Aqueduct: The Newsletter of the British Open Water Market

Grand Union additionally owns a water newsletter The Aqueduct: The Newsletter of the British Open Water Market and operates Workshop Water: 20/20 , education and forum events incorporating the Westminster Water Consumer Forum with Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate OBE.

When

Now. The competitive water market in Scotland opened in 2008 and the English market opened in Apr-17.

Bill Validation and Water Audit steps ideally take place before the procurement step, but it does not have to be like that.

Some companies have a trusted procurement agency and that’s fine. Grand Union’s Bill Validation and Water Audit services can be complimentary and are not in competition with third-party procurement.

Where

Competitive water markets started in Scotland and the change to the water market in England, and to an extent Wales, is largely an extension of the pioneering Scottish experience. The new market will not initially extend to Northern Ireland.

Grand Union Water Co. is a limited company registered at 26 York Street London W1 and our London meeting rooms are in Old Queen Street, Westminster.

Why

Business users have the opportunity to reclaim billing overcharge, reduce water consumption, reduce the cost of water & waste-water services, and have consolidated billing (one bill for multi- site consumers). Our mantra is: “use less water, and pay less for the water you do use…”

How Much

In the first phase of the Scottish market, consumers made annual savings of anywhere between 2.5% and 12.5%.  Currently, sites in Scotland that have not previously switched can save up 25%.

With the English market fully open and more than a dozen water retailers competing for consumer business, savings opportunity abounds. While the scale of savings in England are not on the same level as Scotland, they can be substantial and vary greatly by region.

But savings from the procurement side and switching supplier are only a third of the picture. Rebates forthcoming from Bill Validation processes and consumption reduction driven by Water Audit can significantly amplify overall savings.

Grand Union Water Co. levies fees that are simple, crystal clear and based on:

  • Share of Savings and no upfront fees, or
  • A modest annual retainer or capped fee per tender, or
  • A combination of above (whatever works best for the client and is mutually agreeable)

Our tenders are distributed to ALL licensed water & waste water retailers in our pre-vetted supplier panel. We do not have any sweetheart deals or kick-back arrangement with any water retailer. We never will. Grand Union Water Co. is co-founder of the Water Procurement Advisor Code of Conduct and complies with the Ofwat Water TPI Code.

IMPORTANT: Before engaging any water advisor (or energy advisor claiming to cover water) make sure they comply to both Codes.

For clients who prefer to undertake procurement processes in-house, we also provide confidential support in this respect. Beyond the agreed fee or share of savings, there are no hidden commissions, no other tender costs or unnecessary complexity or any of that sharp practice one sees in the energy space.

What Else

Grand Union Water Co. is proud to also provide the water conservancy products of our carefully chosen cooperation partners, energy advisor health-checks, expert witness services (typically in advisor litigation) and “Rechargeable Batteries for Buildings” via our sister company London Power & Light.

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

Contact

Switchboard: +44 (0)207 101 4714

Email: [email protected]

Registered Office: Grand Union Water Co., 26 York Street  London  W1

 

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