Sports Direct has signed a three-year contract with business water supplier, Wave, to drive better water efficiency across all sites in England.
The news comes on the back of substantial cost savings achieved in Scotland by Wave for the UK’s largest sports retailer.
Wave has delivered thousands of pounds of savings across Sports Direct’s Scottish business since 2016, resulting in the contract renewal for over 90 sites in Scotland earlier this year. Building on this success, the international retail company has chosen Wave to consolidate its water and wastewater services in England.
The new deal means that Wave – one of the leading UK water retailers that serves over 300,000 businesses and all of the Scottish public sector – now supplies Sports Direct’s portfolio of over 450 sites across England and Scotland.
The move to Wave means Sports Direct will benefit from dedicated account management and efficiency services, providing a consistent approach to reducing water consumption and driving down costs north and south of the border.
As well as Sports Direct, Wave has also recently secured contracts with a range of national brands, including Travelodge, one of the UK’s largest hotel chains; leading premium bar chain, Revolution Bars Group and property business, Savills.
James France, Head of Global Leasehold Properties at Sports Direct, commented: “Wave has delivered an excellent service to our business in Scotland for over two years. We wanted to move our water services to one retailer in England and, given our previous experience of working with Wave, we’re certain we have a consistent, reliable supplier that we can trust to drive further efficiencies. Having successfully driven down our water usage and lowered our charges in Scotland, we’re confident the team at Wave can achieve further water and cost savings across our English portfolio.”
Director of Sales & Marketing at Wave, Glenn Smith, said: “We’re delighted to expand our services to Sports Direct into England and to build on the efficiencies we’ve achieved so far in Scotland. Our Active Water Management® and tariff optimisation services will help reduce unnecessary water waste and deliver cost savings across hundreds of stores, helping the business to realise better overall sustainability.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
Wave is a market-leading national water retailer, formed through a joint venture between Anglian Water Business and NWG Business following deregulation of the English water market in April 2017. In bringing together these two established companies with solid track records in the non-household water retail market, Wave provides water and wastewater services to over 300,000 businesses across the UK and supplies all of the Scottish public sector. Wave is the third largest water retailer in the UK by number of supply point IDs (SPIDS).
Water efficiency services – Active Water Management®
This service was developed to improve water efficiency for business customers – driving cost savings and adding value by reducing water and energy consumption. Active Water Management® has collectively saved customers using this service over £3.8m since April 2016. This equates to a water saving of 1.8 million m³ or 724 Olympic-sized swimming pools! Not only do service users achieve significant cost savings, they are able to reduce water waste, energy use and their carbon footprint.
About Sports Direct
Sports Direct is the UK’s largest sporting goods retailer by revenue and operates a diversified portfolio of sports, fitness, fashion and lifestyle fascias and brands in over 20 countries. The Group continues to enhance its store portfolio and Sports Retail now operates c.757 stores in the UK and internationally. The Group operates through four strategic business segments: UK Sports Retail, International Sports Retail, Brands and Premium Lifestyle.