For big energy companies like First Utility, ensuring that the First Utility customer service number and business to business communications are perfect can be the difference between a long future and a short one. Now, in a highly positive move for the company, they’ve announced that they’ve filled two new roles at the company – head of Public Affairs and a Corporate Communications director.
Tara Singh comes their first Public Affairs head whilst Amanda Cumine become their first corporate comms director.
Cumine spent nine years at Lastminute as their European corporate comms director after holding senior consulting roles within Next Fifteen and American Express.
Singh joins the team having most recently worked as the energy and environment special adviser under former PM David Cameron at Number 10. She also was the policy head for Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith’s unsuccessful London mayoral campaign. First Utility describe her role within the company as to “lead the development and implementation of strategic campaigns to help shape government policy and key stakeholder opinion to the public benefit”.
First Utility had hoped that they might float themselves with an IPO in 2016, but as uncertainty in the market prevails, those hopes are growing ever more distant. Now, Sky News have learnt that Impello, the company behind First Utility have approved a resolution to conduct a secondary share sale in the coming months.
The move could mean that a substantial percentage of the company’s shares change hands, but the outcome is unlikely to be clear for a number of months. However, it could mean that control moves hands and First Utility find themselves with a new executive board.
First Utility have launched a scathing attack on the widely criticised plans by the energy regulator Ofgem to help balance the energy market.
In a statement, First Utility said that Ofgem’s proposals put “too much onus” on the customer and “don’t go far enough” to help balance an industry which is dominated by just six huge energy companies
The plans include a cap on pre-pay meter contracts that Ofgem say would save millions of household’s money. In conversation with the BBC, Ed Kamm, Managing Director of First Utility said: “Ofgem itself admits that consumers who are already engaged in the market will see the first benefits, We are in real danger of continuing to fuel a ‘tale of two markets’ – helping those who already shop around and doing little to properly help those who are continuing to pay much more than they need to or should,”