About British Gas
British Gas is an power as well as home companies in the
UK. It is the trading name of British Gas Providers Limited as well as British Gas New
Home Heating Limited, both subsidiaries of Centrica.
Offering around twelve million homes in the UK, British Gas
is the largest power
provider in the country as well as is thought about one of
Large Six controling the gas
power market in the UK, according to the British Gas Wikipedia web page.
History of British Gas
The Gas Light as well as Coke Firm was the first utility
company worldwide. It was started by Frederick Albert Winsor as
well as integrated by Royal Charter on 30
April 1812 under the seal of King George III
It continued to grow for the following 136 years,
increasing right into residential solutions
whilst soaking up many
smaller firms including the Aldgate Gas Light as well as Coke
Firm (1819 ), the City of London Gas Light and also Coke
Firm (1870 ), the Equitable Gas Light Company (1871 ), the Great Central Gas Consumer's Business (1870 ), Victoria Docks Gas Business (1871 ), Western
Gas Light Company (1873 ), Imperial Gas Light as well
as Coke Company (1876 ), Independent Gas Light
and Coke Business (1876 ), the London
Gas Light Firm (1883 ), Richmond Gas Company (1925 ), Brentford Gas Firm (1926 ), Pinner Gas Company (1930) as well as Southend-on-Sea as
well as District Gas Firm (1932 )
On 1 Could 1949, the GLCC became the major part of the brand-new North
Thames Gas Board, one of Britain's twelve local gas board
after the death of the Gas Act 1948
In the very early 1900s, the gas market in the
United Kingdom was mainly run by
region councils and also tiny
private companies. At this time using a combustible gas
called "town gas") piped to residences
as a fuel was still being marketed to consumers, by such
ways as the National Gas Congress and
Exhibit in 1913. The gas utilized in
the 19th and also early 20th centuries was
coal gas, however in the period of 1967-- 77, British
residential coal gas products were
changed by natural gas.
In 1948, Clement Attlee's Labour
federal government improved the gas industry,
generating the Gas Act 1948. The act (on the vesting date
of 1 April 1949) nationalised the gas industry in the United
Kingdom and also 1,062 privately
owned and municipal gas firms were merged
right into twelve location gas boards, each a separate body with its own management framework.
The twelve gas boards were: Eastern, East Midlands,
Northern, North Eastern, North Thames, North West, Scottish, Southern, South
Eastern, South West, Wales, as well as West Midlands. Each
location board was separated into
geographical groups or departments which were typically further divided right into smaller sized
areas. These boards simply ended up being called the "gas board", a term still occasionally used when
describing British Gas.
On top of that,
the Gas Act developed the Gas Council, its constitution was such
that control lay successfully with the
area boards. The council contained a
chair as well as deputy chair, both assigned by the minister, and the chairs of each of the twelve area boards.
The council functioned as a
network of interaction with the minister;
took on work arrangements; carried out
study; and also acted as speaker for the gas industry
The Gas Act 1965 moved the
equilibrium of power to the centre: it put the Gas Council on the
exact same ground as the area boards,
with the powers to borrow approximately ₤ 900
million, to make or get gas as
well as to provide gas wholesale to any location board.
In Could 1968, the Gas Council moved to huge new
workplaces at 59 Bryanston Road, Marble Arc, London.
In the very early 1970s, the gas
sector was once more reorganized after
the Gas Act 1972 was passed. The act merged all the area boards and also produced the
British Gas Corporation.
From its inception, the
company was responsible for
development as well as maintenance of the supply of gas to Great Britain, along with
satisfying the reasonable
demand for gas throughout the nation. Its management,
like that of the area boards, was
assigned and supervised by the Secretary of State for Trade
and also Market up until 1974, when those
powers were vested in the freshly created setting of Secretary of State for Energy.
The Conservative Government led by Head of state Margaret Thatcher
introduced the Gas Act 1986, where resulted
in the privatisation of the firm,
and on 8 December 1986, its shares drifted
on the London securities market as British Gas
plc. In the hope of encouraging individuals to become
shareholders, the deal was
marketed with the "If you see Sid ... Inform him!"
The initial public offering of 135p per share valued the firm at ₤ 9 billion, the
greatest equity offering ever at the time.
In February 1997, eleven years after it had actually
been privatised, British Gas demerged to become the completely separate BG Team as well as the
Gas Sales as well as Gas Trading,
Providers and also Retail
organisations. The Gas Sales as well as Gas Trading and Services and also
Retail companies, together with the gas manufacturing
organisation of the North and also South Morecambe gas
fields, were moved to Centrica, which
remains to own and also
operate the British Gas retail brand name. British Gas
acquired Dyno-Rod in October 2004.
British Gas is led by its Handling Director, Mark Hodges, who supervises a company that
provides power and also
solutions to eleven million residences, and also uses over 28,000 personnel based across the United Kingdom. In May 2007, British Gas signed a landmark deal which saw 1,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans being supplied to the firm, which were fitted with a bespoke racking
system and a rate limiter, made by Siemens. The offer was
restored in September 2015.
In April 2016, it was introduced that
consumers had actually left the firm,
mentioning customers coming to the end of
their set offers then carrying on to other vendors as the major reason for this loss.
In the very same month (April 2016)
British Gas additionally announced
they would be shutting a call centre and workplace in
Oldbury (West Midlands), with a loss of roughly
British Gas Advertising And
Marketing, Sponsorship and also Marketing.
British Gas has proactively been
associated with sports sponsorship,
consisting of a six-year handle
the British swimming group which commenced in March
2009, as well as is anticipated to net the team ₤ 15 million and from 2006 to 2009, it
funded the Southern Football League of England.
television advertising has
actually featured lots of
high profile people, and also in the
very early 1990s, one promotion consisted of
Cheryl Tweedy as a child, more than ten years prior to the beginning
of her pop music job.
In November 2012, the Info
Commissioner's Workplace publicly noted British Gas as one of a variety of
firms that it had concerns regarding due to
unrequested phone conversation for
advertising. The problems
were based upon grievances. In
action, British Gas stated
that "We uphold the
highest possible standards when contacting individuals in their homes, and also just
make use of contact information if
we have share consent
to do so.".
In July 2014, regulatory authority Ofgem
got to an arrangement with British Gas for the
firm to pay ₤ 1 million in payment to hundreds of people,
who had been recommended to switch over from other
providers 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 provider for homes throughout the
country. The infrastructure (
pipelines) which delivers the gas to
customers is possessed as well as
preserved by various other firms. They
do not, however, manage
the network of towers as well as cable televisions that distributes electricity-- these are maintained by
distribution network drivers (DNOs) which vary from region to area. If,
as an example, there is a power interruption it
is required to speak to the suitable DNO rather than the energy provider.