The Two Counties Trust was founded in 2016 with three schools - Ashfield School, Selston High School and Swanwick Hall School – and has grown to nine secondary schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. They pride themselves on shared values and their mission is to enhance the life choices of all the students they serve.
They have a large portfolio of both gas and electric meters, previously contracted with multiple suppliers. With a mix of direct supply and brokered supply agreements, varying contract end dates and limited management information, the Trust found that it was becoming increasingly difficult to manage the portfolio effectively.
They wanted to partner with an expert in energy procurement that could provide a one-stop solution to all of their energy needs and have the capacity to support them in areas such as strategy development, compliant procurement, phased migration, bill validation, meter operator services and much more. Overall, they wanted to find a Public Buying Organisation who could support with all aspects of utility procurement, that act as expert source of advice and guidance in rapidly changing market conditions, which is why ESPO was the perfect fit.
The phased migration of the numerous gas and electricity accounts to a single, compliant solution via ESPO came with many benefits, including ease of contract management, assistance with dispute resolution and simplification of billing processes incl. VAT and CCL query management.