Edinburgh water firm takes on thousands of sites under Scottish Government contract

Jo Dow, Business Stream chief executive

EDINBURGH-based non-domestic water supplier, Business Stream, has taken on thousands of Scottish public sector sites under a new contract.

The company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Scottish Water with its own board and management team, was awarded the Scottish Government public sector procurement contract at the start of the year and has now successfully “onboarded” some 15,000 sites.

The contract, worth some £200 million, covers public sector bodies such as local authorities, NHS Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Police Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service, as well as universities and colleges.

To support the delivery of the new contract, the firm has taken on an additional 16 staff.

In reaction to Covid-19, Business Stream has also seen its entire workforce switch to operating from home.

Jo Dow, Business Stream chief executive, said: “Our dedicated team has worked incredibly hard to ensure that COVID-19 didn’t result in any delays to our onboarding process.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with our public sector customers across Scotland, providing our expertise and services to help them save time, money and water.”

Earlier this year it announced that it was the second largest water retailer in the UK, following its acquisition of Yorkshire Water Business Services and success in securing over £280 million of new contracts since the English market opened in 2017.  

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