Focus Academy Trust is set to save £7,500 on their annual water bill following the appointment of Castle Water, the UK’s leading independent water retailer, as their sole water supplier.
Focus Academy Trust, established in 2012, is a charitable multi-academy trust with approximately 8,000 students. Focus Academy Trust was eager to take advantage of the deregulated water market, allowing them to choose their water supplier and in turn, enabling them to reduce their water bills and re-direct funds towards front line resources.
On 4 November last year, Castle Water was awarded the contract through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for the provision of water and wastewater services to the public sector in England. As of the 1 January, Castle Water has been able to supply contracts for up to three years to select public sector customers nationally.
CCS, who provides commercial services to the public sector, developed the Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services framework (RM3790) in 2017. The framework allows public sector customers in England to switch to a single retail provider for their billing and account management services and secure their retail costs for 2-3 years.
CCS’s first water aggregation, involving 122 customers, has allowed Focus Academy Trust to achieve significant savings on their water bills, following their switch to Castle Water.
Allison Simpson, Project Manager from Focus Academy Trust commented:
Overall managed process for 7 sites – efficiently communicated and straightforward changeover.
John Reynolds, Castle Water CEO, said:
As the UK’s leading independent water retailer, we supply hundreds of thousands of businesses, charities and public bodies throughout England and Scotland. We are dedicated to delivering the best value and significant cost savings for our growing number of public sector customers in the new competitive market and continuing to work closely with CCS to support them.