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New director pledges allegiance to Welsh roots; SWALEC: Electricity and gas supply business is here for the long term, says parent company.

Byline: WILL SMALE

SCOTTISH and Southern Energy has reaffirmed its commitment to its Welsh electricity and gas supply business Swalec.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, the new energy supply director of parent company Scottish and Southern Energy, said Swalec remains an important clog in the group's growth strategy.

The company, which employs 500 people at its flagship contact centre in Cardiff and has more than one million electricity and gas customers across Wales and in the English borders, says it is here for the long term.

Mr Phillips-Davies said, "Swalec is very much rooted in Wales and that is how it will stay. We are proud that when our customers phone our Cardiff Gate contact centre they hear a Welsh voice and can also choose to speak to someone in Welsh.

"We are also the only utility company that can bill in Welsh."

Looking towards the future development of Swalec, Mr PhillipsDavies said that while the core emphasis will always remain gas and electricity provision, it is looking at moving into the telecommunications sector.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 27, 2002
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