About British Gas
British Gas is an power and
also residence companies in the
United Kingdom. It is the trading name of British Gas Providers Limited and British Gas New
Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica.
Offering around twelve million homes in the UK, British Gas
is the largest energy supplier in the country and is considered one ofthe
Large Six dominating the gas
power market in the United Kingdom, inning accordance
with the British Gas Wikipedia page.
Background of British Gas
The Gas Light and Coke Firm was the initial public utility
firm 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
flourish for the following 136 years, expanding right into residential services
whilst soaking up several
smaller companies including the Aldgate Gas Light and Coke
Firm (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light as well as Coke
Company (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Company (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Customer's Company (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Business (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Company (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light and also Coke Business (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and Coke Business (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Company (1883 ), Richmond Gas Company (1925 ), Brentford Gas Company (1926 ), Pinner Gas Firm (1930) and also Southend-on-Sea and also Area Gas Company (1932 )
On 1 May 1949, the GLCC came to be the major part of the new North
Thames Gas Board, among Britain's twelve local gas board
after the passing away of the Gas Act 1948
In the very early 1900s, the gas market in the
UK was mostly run by
region councils as well as tiny
Right now the use of a combustible gas
( frequently known as " community gas") piped to residences
as a fuel was still being marketed to consumers, by such
methods as the National Gas Congress and also
Event in 1913. The gas used in
the 19th and very early 20th centuries was
coal gas, but in the duration of 1967-- 77, British
domestic coal gas supplies were
changed by natural gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Work
federal government reshaped the gas market,
generating the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas market in the UK and 1,062 independently
had and also metropolitan gas firms were combined
right into twelve area gas boards, each a separate body with its own administration structure.
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
area board was separated into
geographical groups or departments which were often additional
split into smaller sized districts. These boards simply became referred to as the "gas board", a term still often utilized when
describing British Gas.
the Gas Act developed the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay efficiently with the
location boards. The council included a
chair as well as deputy chair, both selected by the preacher, as
well as the chairs of each of the twelve location boards.
The council worked as a
network of communication with the preacher;
embarked on work
settlements; took on
research; as well as functioned as speaker for the gas sector typically.
The Gas Act 1965 changed the balance of power to the centre: it put the Gas Council on the
exact same ground as the area boards,
with the powers to borrow up to ₤ 900
million, to manufacture or obtain gas as
well as to supply gas wholesale to any
type of location board.
In May 1968, the Gas Council relocated to large brand-new
workplaces at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arc, London.
In the very early 1970s, the gas
sector was once again restructured after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act merged all the
location boards and produced the
British Gas Firm.
From its beginning, the firm was accountable for
upkeep of the supply of gas to Great Britain, along with
pleasing the practical
need for gas throughout the country. Its leadership,
like that of the location boards, was selected and also supervised by the Secretary of State for Trade as well as Market until 1974, when those
powers were vested in the freshly produced setting of Secretary of State for
The Conventional Government led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
introduced the Gas Act 1986, where led to the privatisation of the business,
and also on 8 December 1986, its shares drifted
on the London securities market as British Gas
plc. In the hope of encouraging individuals to become
investors, the offer was advertised with the "If you see Sid ... Tell him!"
The going public of 135p per share valued the business at ₤ 9 billion, the highest possible equity offering ever before at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the entirely different BG Team and the
Gas Sales as well as Gas Trading,
Providers and Retail services. The Gas Sales and also Gas Trading as
well as Providers and
Retail organisations, together with the gas manufacturing business of the North and also South Morecambe gas
areas, were transferred to Centrica, which
remains to own and
operate the British Gas retail brand name. British Gas
got Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Managing Director, Mark Hodges, that oversees a company that
offers power and
solutions to eleven million residences, as
well as uses over 28,000 staff based across the United Kingdom. In
Could 2007, British Gas authorized a landmark deal 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
restored in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was announced that
224,000 household customers had actually left the firm, pointing out clients coming to the end of
their set offers then carrying on to
various other suppliers as the major factor for this loss.
In the same month (April 2016)
British Gas also revealed
they would be shutting a phone call centre as well as office in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of around
British Gas Marketing, Sponsorship and also Marketing.
British Gas has actively been
involved in sporting activities sponsorship,
including a six-year take care of
the British swimming team which began in March
2009, and is expected to net the team ₤ 15 million and also from 2006 to 2009, it
funded the Southern Football League of England.
television marketing has showcased lots of
high profile people, as well as in the
very early 1990s, one advertisement consisted of
Cheryl Tweedy as a little kid,
greater than ten years before the start
of her pop music occupation.
In November 2012, the Information
Commissioner's Workplace openly listed British Gas as one of a number of companies that it had problems
concerning because of
unrequested phone call for
advertising. The issues
were based on complaints. In
action, British Gas stated
that "We maintain the
highest possible criteria when calling individuals in their
houses, and just utilize get in touch with information if
we have reveal permission
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulatory authority Ofgem
reached an agreement with British Gas for the
company to pay ₤ 1 million in payment to numerous people,
who had been encouraged to change from various other
distributors to British Gas by British Gas
exaggerated insurance claims. On 20 September
2015, British Gas launched an advert, including their
new mascot, Wilbur the Penguin.
Distribution network operators.
British Gas is an energy distributor for houses throughout the
nation. The facilities (pipes) which delivers the gas to consumers is owned as well as kept by various other companies. They
do not, nevertheless, take care of
the network of towers and also
cords that disperses electricity-- these are maintained by
circulation network drivers (DNOs) which vary from area to area. If, for instance, there is a power failure it
is needed to get in touch with the appropriate DNO as opposed to the energy vendor.