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Fledgling challenger brand Rebel Energy, due to launch later this year, is creating a “digital workforce” to complement its human customer service team. The company will combine employees with intelligent automation platform Blue Prism Cloud, allowing many customer service issues to be automated. Where the platform cannot resolve issues automatically, the team will be notified.
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Energy retailers should "redouble their efforts" to ensure they are listening properly to customers' complaints, an EDF Energy director has said. Paul Spence, director of strategy and corporate affairs, made the comments during Utility Week’s latest #AskUsAnything webinar in response to a recent article by Stephen Littlechild.
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Insurance giant RSA knows what it’s like to feel the drag of legacy systems on its cost base and productivity potential. But a new approach to deploying work in its back office and optimising the capabilities of its employees has unlocked breakthroughs in efficiency and effectiveness.
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In the latest in our Customer Centric interview series Adam John speaks to Mark Royle, co-founder and chief executive of Manchester-based Zebra Power. From ensuring a swift response to enquiries to making every effort to retain its young workforce, Royle tells Utility Week about the secrets to their success.
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In the second of a series of interviews with utilities firms highly rated for their customer service, Utility Week speaks to Igloo Energy chief executive Matt Clemow. He discusses his belief that a strong foundation of good customer service is fundamental for the transition to net zero carbon. To that end, he explains how technology can play a vital role in the customer journey.
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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and increasingly high public expectations, best practice in customer service is more crucial than ever. Utility Week kicks off the first in a series of interviews with suppliers ranked highly in customer service league tables, to share their secrets to success. We begin with So Energy, the supplier founded by two former Macquarie traders, which has ranked in the top five of the Citizens Advice star ratings tables for ten straight quarters.
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Centrica has launched a new offering called British Gas Evolve in response to increased competition from challenger suppliers. The new service has been trialled as British Gas X, a low-cost, digital only offering serving 17,000 domestic customers.
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With companies under unprecedented pressure to improve efficiency and productivity, utilities need to bring new focus and energy into the operational excellence and innovation agenda. At Utility Week Live Online, visitors can find out how
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In our latest #AskUsAnything show a panel of innovation experts will discuss the obstacles to change for the utilities sector and whether the pandemic has reinforced or challenged a risk averse culture across the industry. Senior figures from Cadent, Northumbrian Water and UKPN will be taking part.
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September marks a year since Ovo Energy unveiled its Plan Zero pledge to halve its customers’ carbon footprints by 2030. Utility Week catches up with Kate Weinberg, Ovo’s director of sustainability, to discuss how technology and the green recovery is helping meet the target and why Covid-19 should not distract us from the threat of climate change.
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Edinburgh-based challenger brand People’s Energy is creating 100 new jobs in Selkirk after taking over the recently vacated Ovo Energy offices in the town. Husband and wife founders of People’s Energy, Karin Sode and David Pike, said they spotted an opportunity when Ovo closed its Ettrick Riverside building in May.
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In the latest in our Customer Centric interview series Adam John speaks to Mark Royle, co-founder and chief executive of Manchester-based Zebra Power. From ensuring a swift response to enquiries to making every effort to retain its young workforce, Royle tells Utility Week about the secrets to their success.
Interviews
In the second of a series of interviews with utilities firms highly rated for their customer service, Utility Week speaks to Igloo Energy chief executive Matt Clemow. He discusses his belief that a strong foundation of good customer service is fundamental for the transition to net zero carbon. To that end, he explains how technology can play a vital role in the customer journey.
Interviews
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and increasingly high public expectations, best practice in customer service is more crucial than ever. Utility Week kicks off the first in a series of interviews with suppliers ranked highly in customer service league tables, to share their secrets to success. We begin with So Energy, the supplier founded by two former Macquarie traders, which has ranked in the top five of the Citizens Advice star ratings tables for ten straight quarters.
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