Brightwater acquires English competitor and announces new managing director
Edinburgh-based retail water supplier Brightwater has announced the acquisition of the customer portfolio of Bristol-based competitor Blue Business Water Ltd and the appointment of Tom Barberton as managing director.
The acquisition increases Brightwater’s annual customer revenues to over £9m.
The company was set up in 2016 by its former managing director Rich Rankin, who continues to serve the business as a non-executive director, and Spotless Commercial Cleaning founder Roger Green.
Mr Barberton, who is taking over as managing director, is an experienced utilities sector veteran who has held senior leadership roles with the likes of British Gas, Total, and a number of B2B and B2C energy start-ups. He was initially recruited in 2021 as group sales director, covering operations across Brightwater, Spotless, and its waste management subsidiary company Brightwaste.
Brightwater chief executive Roger Green said: “Tom is a great fit for us as managing director. He has lived through the deregulation process in electricity and can bring his knowledge and leadership to Brightwater and the water sector.
“He will take our philosophy of customer care and employee empowerment to the next level, while integrating the increased customer base into the main portfolio”
Mr Barberton added: “I’m pleased to take on this new challenge as Brightwater’s managing director. The company is supported by a great team and an experienced board, and I look forward to playing a key role to further grow the business.”