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Queen’s Park and Tesco score with water switch

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Scotland’s oldest senior football club has found a way to cut its bills, allowing money to be pumped back onto the pitch or into its vital community work.

Queen’s Park FC, based at the national stadium, has been told how it can reduce its annual water bill after switching supplier to Thames Water Commercial Services.

It is one of two big water supply switches announced today. United Utilities has won a competitive tender to supply all Tesco supermarkets in Scotland.

Queen’s Park and Tesco have taken advantage of the competitive process in the water industry which has been in place since 2008.

Along with the reduction in tariff, Thames will also give Queen’s Park advice on how to reduce consumption – something that could help the club which is responsible for washing all the Scotland football strips as well as its own team kits.

The club also hosts training for the youth teams and  a ladies squad, each training at least three times every week. The changing facilities and player consumption add to the importance of the water supply – and the size of the bill.

Christine Wright, general manager and company secretary, said the money saved can make a real difference as it can be put towards its youth training or progressing its community projects, such as its award-winning ‘Tackling Recovery’ programme, which hosts activities for men returning from mental and physical illnesses.

She said: “We had no idea we could switch supplier and certainly didn’t imagine we could make such significant savings on our water bill.

“We expect to save around 12% on our bill over the next year. With so many football clubs going through financial difficulty these savings are absolutely crucial.

Alan Munro, sales manager for Thames Water Commercial Services, said most firms he speaks to are still unaware that they can change supplier.

He said: “It is great to hear of yet another organisation, which does such vital work, being able to save money and divert spending to worthwhile parts of the business that positively impact on people’s lives.”

Since the retail market was opened to competition in Scotland about 130,000 non-household customers have been able to choose who can supply their water and wastewater services. England will see a similar competitive water retail market opening in 2017.

United Utilities Scotland has won the water supply contract for all 281 Tesco stores and distribution centres in Scotland, saving the retailer more than 20% from its water bills.

Tesco awarded the contract to United Utilities’ retail business following a competitive tender. The deal will save Tesco more than £800,000 a year.

Tony McHardy, sales director for United Utilities, said: “Water is an important part of Tesco’s in-store operations.

“By working in partnership with Tesco and drawing on our experience and scale, we can deliver a real cost saving as well as excellent service.

“It’s the largest commercial customer in Scotland and we think this award sends a strong message to the market about the quality of service we can provide.”

United Utilities is the largest water supplier in England and the second largest supplier of water and waste water services in Scotland, serving more than 3,000 sites.

The company supplies other large organisations such as energy company SSE, shoe repair chain Timpson, and the Scotmid chain of supermarkets.

A spokesperson for Tesco in Scotland said: “This new relationship should make things better for our customers. In this case we can provide improved service and new efficiencies, supporting our objective of serving Scotland’s customers a little better every day.”

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