A Stoke-on-Trent based company says it has already been able to take advantage of new rules meaning businesses can now choose who they buy water from.
Water Plus, based at Two Smithfield in Hanley, is a joint venture formed by United Utilities and Severn Trent Water.
The firm has taken on 350 staff in the city since June, as it geared up for the opening of the new business water market.
It has now confirmed it has secured major contracts, including a £500,000 deal to handle the water supply for 831 Kwik Fit and Stapleton’s Tyre Services sites.
David Lloyd has also signed up for their 84 sites, which include health clubs and gyms.
In the new water market in England, which saw its first working day on 3 April, water wholesale companies – such as Severn Trent and United Utilities – will continue to manage the water supply and wastewater network, but billing and customer services will be provided by a business water retailer.
Businesses in Staffordshire will receive an introduction letter from Water Plus which includes information about what Water Plus does, the services for customers and the changes in the water market.