BES secures £600m public sector contract

Fleetwood-based BES Utilities has been appointed to a public sector framework which could see the firm earn £600m over two years by helping organisations reduce their energy bills.

BES has been chosen as one of three suppliers by ESPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying organisations.

ESPO has created a new fixed-price purchase framework that will allow organisations including charities, local authorities, schools, the NHS and emergency services to source gas and electricity at lower prices than they would otherwise be able to negotiate themselves.

Michelle Davidson, co-owner and director of BES Utilities, said: “This is a major development for BES and opens a new market to us.

"We always pride ourselves on developing innovative products which help our private sector customers drive down their energy bills. We now look forward to bringing this dedication and expertise to the public sector.

BES Utilities, along with Corona Energy and Total Gas and Power, were chosen through a procurement process which focused on their financial stability, track record, experience, technical and professional ability and regulatory status.

Declan McAlister, ESPO category manager (energy), said: “We are proud to bring to market our brand-new Fixed Price Energy framework which will give excellent value and service to the public sector and will provide greater budgetary certainty.

In particular, the suppliers impressed us with their commitment to social responsibility and transparency.

“We are delighted to have a choice of suppliers on the framework that have all been rigorously assessed during our procurement process to ensure our customers receive the highest of standards from the ESPO they know and trust.

“In particular, the suppliers impressed us with their commitment to social responsibility and transparency, a key principle of this procurement process.”

BES Utilities is committed to social responsibility and helping customers in tough trading times through the company’s ground-breaking hardship fund and its partnership with the charity Business Debtline.

In 2018 alone, the BES Fund gave assistance to customers who had collectively run up energy debts of almost £500,000. Through pro-active intervention, BES and Business Debtline were able to provide clear pathways and viable solutions for businesses allowing them to continue trading. 

ESPO, which is jointly owned by the county councils of Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk and Peterborough City Council, has more than 30 years of experience in public sector procurement.