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Aimera opens for business as Scottish water competition continues to flow

12 October 2009

Aimera opens for business as Scottish water competition continues to flow


Glasgow based water and sewerage operator, Aimera, today officially opened its doors for trading with Scottish businesses, becoming the fifth licensee to operate in Scotland’s ground-breaking competitive water industry.
 
Aimera will join other licensees Business Stream, Ondeo, Osprey Water Services and Satec in offering water services to all businesses in Scotland – from village and high street traders to large industrial, commercial and agricultural companies.
 
The inclusive competition framework in Scotland is a world first in the provision of water and sewerage services as it allows all businesses, regardless of size to choose between a number of water suppliers granted licences by the water regulator, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS).
 
Alan Sutherland, WICS’ chief executive said: “We welcome the full entry of Aimera into the Scottish business water market as it offers Scottish businesses an even greater choice in the market – from major industry players to smaller, specialist companies.  Since the introduction of competition in April 2008 businesses have seen real benefits, not only to their bottom line but also in the form of bespoke environmental advice and solutions, along with an increased commitment to water saving measures and leakage reduction.”
 
Michael Samorzewski, managing director of Aimera said; “Aimera is keen to supply businesses in Scotland with water and associated waste services and offer a real alternative with lower prices and higher levels of service. Through the competitive framework, companies like Aimera are able to offer a broader range of options to Scottish businesses, giving them a chance to choose a service that best suits their business.”
 
Customers looking to assess their current supplier can visit www.scotlandontap.gov.uk for information about the licensees and guidance on how to switch.
 
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For more press information please contact:
-          Claire Methven or Emma Ap-Thomas, 3 Monkeys Communications, 020 7009 3100
[email protected]
-          Katherine Russell, WICS’ Director of Corporate Affairs, 01786 430 200
 
Notes to editors:
1.    The Water Industry Commission for Scotland is the economic regulator of the Scottish water industry. It has a statutory duty to determine price limits for Scottish Water based on the lowest overall reasonable cost of achieving ministerial objectives for the water industry. In June 2009, the Commission published draft price limits for water and sewerage services for the regulatory control period 2010-14/15.  To find out more visit the ‘Future prices’ section of our website www.watercommission.co.uk
 
2.    Since 1 April 2008, all business customers and public bodies, such as local authorities, hospitals and schools are eligible to switch water supplier. The framework for competition is set out in the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act required WICS to establish a regime to license new entrants into the market, and facilitate the orderly opening of the market. It also required Scottish Water to establish a separate retail entity (now Business Stream) to serve non-household customers in Scotland.
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