Schuh switches water supplier

Thames takes steps to cut shoe firm’s bills

Alan MunroScottish shoe retailer hopes to save more than £60,000 a year after switching its water supplier.

Schuh will cuts the bill for its headquarters and 15 branches by up to £22,000 following the move toto Thames Water Commercial Services.

It has also reduced its projected wastewater bills at its Bathgate distribution centre by around £40,000 per year, after the TWCS team noted that run-off drainage was flowing into a local burn, where it would incur business charges, rather than into the sewer network.

Colin Temple, managing director at schuh, said: “When we set out to switch supplier we were looking primarily to reduce our like-for-like bills.

“However the team at TWCS has been very proactive in offering further services that save us time and money and quite simply go beyond what is expected.”

Alan Munro (pictured), who heads Thames’ Scottish team, said: “We have been able to help Schuh reduce their property drainage charges significantly simply through identifying that rainwater being discharged from the roofs of the property was actually being discharged into a nearby burn and not into Scottish Water sewer network.

“Although this situation is not too common, it is something all businesses should be aware as property drainage charges can potentially make up a significant part of any business customers water bill.”

Thames has moved from Edinburgh to Linlithgow to allow it to work from a central Scotland base to service its customers and growth ambitions.

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