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SSE warns of skill shortage in the energy industry


Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (9 to 13 March 2015) the energy firm says around 208,000 people will need to be recruited to plug the gap, and it is vital firms invest in apprentices now to ensure the UK has the skilled workforce needed to deliver the major investments required for the future. John Stewart, SSE Director of Human Resources, said: “Apprenticeships put young people on track for a first rate career and with around 50% of the sector’s workforce set to retire by 2023, there is a need to invest now. “We’re boosting our app... Read More »

SSE: Planning consent granted for first Dogger Bank offshore wind development renewables


Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, which has a total generating capacity of 2.4GW, comprises two separate 1.2GW offshore wind farms, each with up to 200 turbines installed across an area of around 500km2. The consent approval is the result of more than four years of comprehensive assessments, stakeholder consultation and planning by the Forewind consortium, owned equally by energy companies – SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil. Brian McFarlane, SSE’s Director of Offshore Renewables stated: “We are delighted that the UK Government has granted consent ... Read More »

SSE makes €956m contribution to Irish economy


The report examines the direct contribution of SSE to employment and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It also considers the indirect economic impact of SSE’s supply chain spending with ROI companies, as well as the impact generated in the wider economy as a result of wage expenditure through its own employees, and those in the wider supply chain. The report’s main findings are: SSE contributed €956m to Irish GDP (equivalent of 0.6% of Irish GDP in 2013), during the financial year 2014; SSE supported 5,950 jobs in Ireland (equivalent to 0.... Read More »

SSE: What to do if your power goes off


In this short video we'll give you some simple tips which we hope you'll find useful if ever your power goes off, including how to contact our Emergency Service Centre and how we can keep you updated with our progress in getting your supplies back on. Further information on power cuts, our Priority Services Register and useful advice can be found here ( on our power cuts pages. ... Read More »

SSE: Business must play its part in building a fairer society


Put simply companies need to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if delivering a short-term profit and being commercially successful is enough any more. Do businesses now need to be more mindful of the communities in which they operate? Today (Dec 1st) the new First Minister will address the major players in the Scottish business community and spell out her vision for a fairer and more prosperous society and the role of business in achieving that. Nicola Sturgeon has already said that a strong economy depends on a having a healthy, h... Read More »

SSE is a top 20 UK tax payer


In the 2013/14 financial year SSE paid a total of almost £430m in business taxes. In the last PWC TTC survey, covering the financial year 2012/13, SSE was ranked the 22nd largest tax payer, having paid £310m in business taxes. The survey has again highlighted that while Corporation tax accounts for approximately 27% of the tax paid by SSE, the largest element of SSE’s tax payments are the business rates charged on the properties and land that SSE uses across the UK, including offices, wind farms, thermal power stations, transmission lines an... Read More »

SSE Commonwealth Games Ambassador Eilidh Child named Sportswomen of the Year


The event, held at Hampden Park, was attended by many Commonwealth Games athletes as well as other athletes from a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball and football. James Docherty, SSE Sponsorship Project Manager, said: “We are proud to have sponsored the inaugural Scottish Women in Sport Annual Awards Gala dinner. As a diverse organisation with responsibilities in supporting our employees and communities, we are delighted to play our part in helping women and girls participate and get involved at all levels of sport across Sc... Read More »

SSE supports first National Women’s Sport Conference with DCMS and women in sport


The event aims to increase participation for women and girls, develop the workforce for women in sport and make women's sport visible through commercial investment and media profile. Following our successful sponsorship of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and our athlete ambassadors, SSE is well placed to support such an important conference. Wendy Barbour, SSE Director for Commonwealth Games and Sponsorship, said: “Women in Sport is the leading sport charity dedicated to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in ... Read More »

SSE named best supplier for complaint handling in Citizens Advice Report


The consumer body awarded SSE a complaints score of 33.7 per 100,000 customers for the period from April to June – almost 20 times less than the worst performing supplier and half the score of the next best performing competitor. A graph accompanying the release maps supplier scores over the past year and shows that SSE has consistently set the standard for the rest of the industry. The news comes after SSE published an open letter in response to the regulator, Ofgem, on the action it is taking to ensure customer complaints are well handled ... Read More »

SSE: Stronger customer voice needed to meet the energy challenge


With energy a top concern the study examined just how engaged customers really are with energy in their daily lives. Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive of SSE, presented the findings at an event in London last night telling industry the findings were clear – customers need to be given a stronger voice in the current energy debate if the UK is to meet the significant challenges that lie ahead. He said: “Greater customer engagement with energy use can help meet the energy challenge. We all need to work together on this. Customers are... Read More »

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