Water Plus, the joint venture between water suppliers Severn Trent and United Utilities, has started selling energy as well as water to businesses.
The company told The Energyst it is primarily targeting small firms, touting savings of ‘up to £400’ if companies buy all of their utilities through it.
However, its website also states it has the expertise to handle supply to more complex multisite operations and that it is keen on ‘helping businesses of all sizes’.
Asked when it had launched gas and electricity services, a spokesperson said “we’ve been selling Water Plus Energy for a few months now”.
Severn Trent and United Utilities were given approval by the Competition and Markets Authority to launch the Water Plus joint venture in May 2016.
Polled in late 2016, ahead of water retail competition, some 88% of Energyst readers suggested they would procure energy and water from a single supplier if it saved them money.
However, to date only a fraction of small firms have switched supplier in the year since the non-domestic retail market opened.
Research carried out for SES Business Water by YouGov suggests just six per cent of small businesses with an office in England have switched water supplier.
However, in a statement Water Plus said “adding energy to the portfolio means we can provide a multi-utility offering – something we are seeing an increased demand for.”
The company said it will sell directly to customers and via brokers.