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Business Stream appoints two Directors as it prepares opening in England

July 10th 2012

Business Stream, the non-domestic arm of Scottish Water, has announced the appointment of two new non­executive directors as it prepares for the opening of a competitive market in England.

The two new board members are Amanda McMillan, current managing director of Glasgow Airport, and Willie MacDiarmid, a former director of energy retail at Scottish Power.

Mark Powles, chief executive of Business Stream, said the two brought with them “an enormous amount of experience in customer-led regulated businesses. We’re very excited to have them join us and I know they’ll have a lot to offer as we continue to prepare for full market opening in England, which we expect to happen over the next few years. We’ve made some excellent progress in that direction and we’ll benefit further from the invaluable input of two very talented and experienced individuals who have been successful in extremely challenging markets.”

Business Stream is currently facing competition in the Scottish market, which has been deregulated since 2008 from Anglia Water’s Osprey subsidiary, Aimera, Severn Trent and Wessex Water Utility Solutions.

The UK government is due to publish a draft water bill this month; this is set to progress proposals that could give all non-domestic water customers in England the ability to choose their supplier.