Martson’s PLC – which operates more than 1,600 pubs, bars and lodges – will supply its own water and wastewater services, making it the third company in England to be granted a self-supply licence by economic regulator Ofwat.
The new open water market launched in April 2017 and is the largest of its kind in the world. The market allows eligible companies and other organisations to self-supply and manage their own water retail services, providing an alternative to using a separate retailer and the additional costs that might entail.
With the opening up of the water retail market, businesses, public bodies and charities are able to ‘shop around’ and choose the best retailer for them, rather than having to use their local water supplier. As well as being able to choose a different retailer, eligible businesses and organisations can also apply for a self-supply licence. This means they provide their own retail services, such as meter readings, to their own premises and those of persons associated with them. For some, this route offers significant cost savings and flexibility.
Emma Kelso, Ofwat’s Senior Director for Customers and Casework, said: “Since the business retail water market opened in April, we have already seen many businesses across England taking advantage of it by shopping around for a better deal or renegotiating contracts with their existing supplier. Marston’s PLC are a large, multi-site business, so opting to become a self-supplier could offer them benefits, including having more control over the service they get and reducing administration costs.”
Andy Kershaw, Head of Group Facilities for Marston’s PLC said: “This is a great opportunity for Marston’s, enabling us to drive efficiency and cost whilst working towards reducing consumption through our managed sites and breweries. It also gives us the platform to trial innovation and become an active partner in the market.”