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Expert View

UK employees prefer home working

A study conducted in November 2007 by Affiniti, a communications integrator, and ICM Research, involving 1,000 workers across the UK, sought to identify the top employee issues in the workplace and the factors that will transform the way organizations operate. The survey found that remote working and environmental policies look set to move UK staff from the office into the home.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2007
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK endowment products: scandals trigger irreversible decline

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy bills: consumers need to take advantage of switching

Research undertaken by uSwitch has revealed the apparent existence of a "postcode lottery" of energy bills, whereby energy companies charge customers a different amount depending on where they live. However, the ultra-competitive UK retail energy market means that the onus is on the consumer to shop around and make the most of the potential savings on offer by switching provider.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2010
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy buyers remain nervous about committing to longer-term contracts

With competition for business energy customers increasingly fierce, UK suppliers are keen to tie their clients into longer contracts. Some of them, such as Centrica and RWE npower, have been reasonably successful in that. Overall, however, suppliers are not having much luck with extending contract tenure, with the average electricity contract getting three months shorter between 2004 and 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2005
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy customers can't get no satisfaction

M&A activity in the UK's energy sector during 2001-02 gave the likes of npower and Powergen large numbers of new customers. However, Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin argues that utilities may find it difficult to hang on to both new and existing clients, especially at the top end of the market, unless they drastically improve their largely inadequate customer service standards...

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2003
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK energy drinks: V's market will grow, but so will the competition

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2001
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy efficiency market will consolidate in 2009

UK energy service company Greenrock Energy is seeking GBP10 million of investment to enter the energy efficiency market through the establishment of a new firm which will provide renewable heating and cooling systems, primarily to public sector buildings. Yet while the long term outlook for the UK energy efficiency industry is strong, challenges in the short term may lead to consolidation.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy efficiency: Eaga announces first-half losses but the outlook is set to improve

Green support services and residential energy efficiency solutions provider Eaga has reported pre-tax losses of GBP5m for the first half of its trading year, compared to pre-tax profits of GBP15m posted in the first half of the previous year. While the results reflect a period of political uncertainty and increased competition, the future opportunities of the company are likely to increase.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy market: are the social consequences of true competition too much to bear?

Consumer lobby groups have increased pressure on suppliers to address the price differential between prepayment and credit-metered customers. However, the benefits available to credit-metered customers are due to reduced cost-to-serve, and to offer the same discounts to prepayment customers may instigate a cross subsidy in a liberalized market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy marketing: doing the wrong thing

Rising prices and profits, exacerbated by negative advertising and a past history of sharp sales practices, mean that the public perception of the residential energy sector is grim. At the same time the big suppliers talk of becoming consumer orientated service providers, but if they are to escape their status as pure commodity suppliers they must urgently improve the industry's public image.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2005

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