British Gas is the biggest energy supplier in the United Kingdom, supplying gas to over 11 million households, and electricity to more than 6 million homes. British Gas is the trading name for the company Centrica plc in both England and Wales, but also goes by Nwy Prydain in Wales, and is more commonly known as Scottish Gas in Scotland.
The British Gas we know today was founded in February 1997, when the previous gas supplier, British Gas plc, had a demerger and separated into two companies. One that’s main focus was upstream oil and gas activities, and one that focused on energy supply and other related areas. British Gas is the retail brand that focuses on energy supply and other related areas, and it is owned and operated by Centrica. Despite being founded in 1997, British Gas is linked to The Gas Light and Coke Company, which was the first public utility company in the world, created in 1812.
British Gas’ energy trading and energy storage businesses help to support its supply business. They are also involved in energy supply and other related activities in countries outside of the UK, including Canada, the US, and some newly deregulated markets in continental Europe.
Not only do British Gas supply gas and electricity to homes around the UK, but they also have a range of other related services. These include activities related to boilers and central heating, renewable energy, plumbing and drains, and home appliance services.
British Gas’ headquarters is in Staines-upon-Thames, but there are other offices all over the UK. Their customer service centre is open on Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm, and on Saturdays, 8 am – 6 pm.
If you have any questions or queries, the British Gas website has a lot of information to help you. If you can’t find the answer to your question in one of the many helpful articles, you can contact them directly to speak to someone at their customer service centre. Visiting their website is helpful because you can search for your problem and find out who you should contact. They even have Gas Emergency Services that you can call if you can smell gas.
The owners of British Gas
British Gas is owned by a company called Centrica. It is a British multinational energy and services company, whose main job is supplying gas and electricity to consumers and businesses in the UK, Ireland and North America.
The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and floats on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 Index. The FTSE 100 Index is an index of 100 companies with the highest market capitalisation listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Centrica has lost residential customers, as more competition enters the UK energy market. However, despite this, they are looking at ways they can grow their business through ‘bolt-on’ products and services that they can sell to the customers that they already have. Customers who are switching from large to small energy suppliers are also starting to reduce. This is because people are concerned about the stability of smaller energy suppliers, so they are staying with larger reliable companies.
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