IT firm creating jobs on back of English water reforms

Bridgeall, the Glasgow IT firm, is to create five jobs after landing a deal to help open up the English water market.

The non-domestic water market opens to competition in England in 2017

The non-domestic water market in Scotland was deregulated in 2008 and competition is set to be introduced to the rest of the UK in 2017.

Bridgeall will work with Canadian technology company CGI to develop the central market system for MOSL, the organisation for the £2 billion English water industry.

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The software being developed by Bridgeall will calculate the primary charges for water and sewerage and allocate them to the relevant wholesalers and retailers for the 1.2 million non-household customers when the market opens up.

Managing director Stephen Beer said: “The introduction of a competitive market is major step-change and, as with previous changes to utilities markets, this will bring challenges for the English water sector. Our experience in the Scottish market makes us uniquely qualified to make a very significant contribution to the success of the central market operating system for the English market.”

“We will be increasing our staff by creating five new jobs including software developers and solution architects. We pride ourselves in harvesting home-grown talent and creating highly skilled job opportunities in Glasgow. As well as recruiting more staff we are continuing to heavily invest in training and up-skilling our existing staff.”