Water Plus secures spot on LASER framework for public sector water services

Posted: Monday 14th August 2017

Business water retailer Water Plus has secured a place on the LASER water buying framework which will allow it to be a water, waste water and ancillary services supplier to public sector organisations across the UK.

LASER is a well-established energy buyer for the public sector, working with councils across the UK, NHS trusts, housing associations and other public-funded bodies. It works with more than 65,000 customers.

LASER's water framework contains multiple suppliers who were successful in meeting the requirements of a tender. Public sector customers may select a supplier from the framework through a mini tender process.

In March, Water Plus was also appointed to the Crown Commercial Services framework for UK public services, allowing it access to a market worth £960 million. The framework will save the public sector more than £20 million over four years.

Tony McHardy, Corporate Director at Water Plus, said: "Our people know the water industry inside out and they have extensive experience of working with public bodies across the UK.

"Water plays a critical role in many public services, across healthcare, leisure and schools. Part of our role will be improving the efficiency of the water supply, where leaks can add unnecessary cost to water bills, or where a few simple measures can reduce water use even further.

"Being able to participate in this framework gives us a welcome opportunity to demonstrate our expertise to organisations across the public sector and, importantly, reduce costs, which can then be spent on vital public services."

Dedicated account managers will be appointed to large public sector clients, which often benefit from a water audit or smart meter installations.

Water Plus, a joint venture between United Utilities and Severn Trent, has also developed a water efficiency app to help customers audit themselves.

LASER is wholly owned by Kent County Council under its Commercial Services umbrella. It was formed in 1989 and is now one of the largest energy and water Public Buying Organisations in the UK. LASER's frameworks are created to simplify procurement and save money for public bodies throughout the UK.

Sue Amies-King, Chief Executive of Water Plus, said: "We're really pleased to be appointed to the LASER framework. We manage the water and waste water services for many public sector organisations, including some of the largest and most diverse in the UK, so we truly understand their needs and the financial challenges they face. It's a tough time for public sector organisations right now but spending time, with expert help, to look at how they use water across their sites will lead to benefits. We believe we can help them demonstrate best value and make significant savings across their portfolios.

"If you're considering moving to a new retailer, it's important that you carry out due diligence to ensure the potential supplier has the financial standing, expertise and service offering that's right for your organisation."

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