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Read more SMART METER ROLLOUT EXTENDED 2024

Friday February 14 2020

With 37 million meters still to be installed the ambitious 2020 deadline has, as expected, been extended. However, the new 2024 deadline still poses a substantial logistical headache for suppliers. It still requires the number of installations per month to more than double that of the current rate.   Here at DDC OS, we are at the forefront of the energy market, and […]

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Read more BILLING ISSUES IN THE UTILITIES MARKET?

Wednesday February 5 2020

As we have all seen in recent weeks, billing issues can be a very costly problem for energy firms. It is a complex industry, and there is no hiding from it, regulations that pose a challenge to even the most forward-thinking, agile firms. Processes and data flows to make the best project managers and data […]

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Read more START UP`S AND OUTSOURCING

Tuesday September 24 2019

Technology has catapulted the concept of “Start-Ups” into mainstream business talk. Who will be the next big thing? How are they going to disrupt their industry? From Monzo in banking to Padoq in the social sphere, it’s hard to keep up! Even well-established sectors aren’t immune, look at Gillette the self-proclaimed (rightly so) – “best […]

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Read more 5 STAR CUSTOMER SERVICES

Monday July 22 2019

Gone are the day`s where bad customer service was only noticeable when we were directly involved. In the internet age, sites such as Trip Advisor and Trustpilot have completely transformed the way we purchase products and services. Few of us now make a purchase off the cuff without checking over the reviews. Amazon, for instance, […]

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Read more THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODERN-DAY OUTSOURCING PARTNER

Monday June 24 2019

When Then DDC Group started out 30 years ago, outsourcing was predominantly an exercise for cost reduction; ‘Labour arbitrage’ as it was called back then. Phrases such as ‘meeting staffing needs’ were used in marketing and the overwhelming message was that if you moved some of your business processes to a third party (usually offshore) […]

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Read more SMART METER INSTALLATION – A SUPPLIER VIEW

Tuesday June 4 2019

What should happen before the meter is installed? Your customer should fully understand the installation process and be made aware of your installation code of practice. This might be the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP) or your own internal code of practice. You should advise the customer of what data is collected from […]

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Read more BUILDING SUCCESS THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS

Monday December 3 2018

Our specialist utilities team here at DDC OS have been vital in delivering great results for our clients, and a key element of that is Client Relationship Manager, Jade Gash. We recently took the time to sit with Jade and learn more about her work and experience in the energy sector… Thanks for taking the […]

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Read more CAN ENERGY SUPPLIERS AFFORD NOT TO OUTSOURCE?

Tuesday November 27 2018

The Costs It’s an expensive time for energy suppliers. Fuel costs aside, a highly competitive marketplace has forced companies to focus on other ways of differentiating themselves, requiring investment in other areas of the business. The customer experience is high on the agenda, leading to higher training costs, more technology and more systems. Behind that, […]

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Read more SUPPLIER OF LAST RESORT BRIEFING

Thursday November 15 2018

Hopefully, by now, you have had the opportunity to enjoy some of our utilities briefings. We are delighted to share our latest instalment, looking at the Supplier of Resort process. We hope you find the content useful, and if you would like to learn more please feel free to get in touch.  View the paper here.

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Read more COMMUNICATIONS REVIEW – A UTILITIES BRIEF

Monday November 5 2018

What is Ofgem`s Communications Review?  All businesses have an obligation to provide their customers with the right information at the right time and in the right format to enable them to make informed choices. In energy, this enables customers to manage their consumption and costs and as technologies and digital services advance. Ofgem has recognised […]

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Read more COMPLAINTS BRIEF

Monday October 22 2018

In light of the recent news, that Ofgem has ordered 11 suppliers to improve their handling of complaints, we take a look at our approach to complaints. The Ofgem Complaint Survey  Every 2 years Ofgem organises a survey to test customer satisfaction with how suppliers have handled their complaints. Traditionally the survey has been solely […]

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Read more TRAINING V DEVELOPMENT – AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION

Thursday September 27 2018

This week, we are excited to launch our internal Leadership Development Programme here at DDC OS UK. The course is 9 bespoke modules which will focus on our unique needs; It includes analysing the existing organisational leadership and culture and discovery of the ‘cause and effect’ processes that are currently in place to help shed […]

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Read more 5 TIPS WHEN CHOOSING AN OUTSOURCING PARTNER

Tuesday July 31 2018

Our latest infographic is here! We present our 5 top tips when choosing an outsourcing partner. To discuss any of your outsourcing needs please feel free to get in touch.

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Read more ARE ERRONEOUS TRANSFERS CAUSING HEADACHES FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS?

Thursday July 26 2018

At the Independent Suppliers Forum in October 2017, Ofgem drew attention to the high rates of Erroneous Transfers (ETs) in today’s retail market. An ET occurs when a customer is switched without their consent, this could be due to selecting the incorrect supply on registration, some confusion over the metering set up at a property […]

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Read more BACK BILLING OBLIGATION – A BRIEFING.

Tuesday April 17 2018

IS YOUR SUPPLY BUSINESS READY FOR THE OFGEM BACK BILLING OBLIGATION? Any suppliers giving their regulations a bit of ‘TLC’ will know by now that Ofgem has this week decided to modify the standard conditions of the electricity and gas supply licences by inserting new condition 21BA to protect consumers from lengthy back-bills. The changes […]

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