Arts Venue Stumbles Onto Significant Saving
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
on behalf of Thames Water
The 2.5 acre site, which is home to 120 separate businesses and organisations, including the rapidly expanding Summerhall Distillery is also a much loved venue during the Edinburgh Festival.
Marcus, who is Power of Attorney for the site, discovered he could save the cost of approximately half an average annual salary just by switching provider when he met Kevin Durnian, Business Development Manager for Thames Water Commercial Services, at a dinner event.
Now, as well as offering an initial 13% discount on its annual water bill, the water services provider is hoping to provide a further saving to Summerhall by using its industry knowledge to identify areas where the Arts business may qualify for a reduced tariff.
Marcus, who is also the co-founder of Pickering’s Gin, which is distilled on site at Summerhall, said: “I met Kevin at a dinner and when we got chatting he told me he could save us a lot of money on our water bill.
“Cutting costs like this is extra important in a sector such as the Arts, so I’m delighted that I met Kevin when I did and the whole switching process has been extremely quick and efficient.”
Summerhall consists of 535 rooms and is home to various creative firms and initiatives as well as a bar, galleries, a museum and even a micro-brewery – Barney’s Beer.
There are between 300-400 staff in the various businesses and the main use of water comes from toilets and kitchens on the premises, but it isn’t a huge consumer of water as it is run with sustainability and the environment at the forefront of what it does.
The Distillery even uses well water from beneath the site to cool the gin, which is then put back into the well and recycled.
Now, Thames Water Commercial Services has identified another potential saving as a large amount of its water is taken off-site in bottles or as ice-cubes meaning it could qualify for a further discount.
Marcus continued: “About 50% of our water is taken off-site either as ice or in the drinks themselves and Thames think this means we could save money due to the water not being returned back into the public sewer network, which is fantastic to hear and I suppose it shows the benefit of working with the experts.”
Kevin Durnian, Business Development Manager at Thames Water Commercial Services, said: “Businesses are not just charged for every cubic metre of water that comes in, but also for every cubic metre that goes out through the drains and sewers as this water then needs to be treated.
“Therefore if we can demonstrate that a certain percentage of water is leaving the site in other ways such as in blocks of ice or in bottles, we should be able to save Summerhall even more money.
“The venue is a fantastic place and it’s been a pleasure to work with Marcus and his team. I’m looking forward to continuing our partnership with Marcus to identify further reductions in water consumption and cost savings”
Since 2008, when the retail market was opened to competition in Scotland, around 130,000 non-household customers have been able to choose who can supply their water and wastewater services, making it the first water market of its kind in the world. England will see a similar competitive water retail market opening in 2017.
Companies switching to Thames Water Commercial Services can benefit from flexible billing arrangements, advice on tariff optimisation and managing water efficiently, a tailored approach, a dedicated Account manager, access to a wide range of technical services and a commitment to helping meet sustainability and environmental targets.
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