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Companies owned by the council

Companies owned by the council

What companies the council owns or is involved with, and how they’re run.

The council owns several companies which have been set up to benefit the people of Bristol and beyond.

Our companies sit under the Bristol Holding Company and Shareholder Group which look after their strategy and day-to-day running.

Bristol Waste

Bristol Waste is Bristol’s recycling, waste collection and street cleansing company. We established Bristol Waste in 2015, as a first step in delivering better waste services for the people of Bristol.

As the owner of Bristol Waste, Bristol City Council is the only shareholder and contributes to its ongoing direction.

You can find out more about the ways that Bristol Waste is reducing waste and increasing recycling in the city on the Bristol Waste website.

Bristol Energy

Bristol Energy is a national gas and electricity supplier which has been trading to domestic and business customers since February 2016.

Bristol Energy is one of the UK’s first local authority-owned energy companies.

It was set up to:

  • provide an income stream for the council
  • tackle fuel poverty  for customers who find it difficult to heat and light their homes, by offering a simple, fair and transparent alternative to the largest energy providers in the country

Bristol Energy has over 120,000 customers across the country and supports renewable energy generation.

As the owner of the company, Bristol City Council is the only shareholder, contributing to its ongoing direction.

You can find out more about the ways that Bristol Energy is tackling fuel poverty and strengthening our communities by visiting Bristol Energy website.

Our Energy Service

The council also provides energy services to businesses and public sector organisations through an internal team. These services include:

  • energy efficiency projects
  • renewable energy projects
  • low-carbon heat projects

Find out more on our energy services on our Energy Service website.

Bristol Is Open

Bristol Is Open is a joint venture with the University of Bristol set up to build collaboration between:

  • the technology, media and telecommunications industry
  • universities across the world
  • local communities
  • local and national government

The project is jointly governed by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. Long term partners join an advisory panel that guides the project on:

  • the evolution of the digital network
  • the creation of multi-partner experiments
  • publicity and events surrounding the company’s activities

You can find out more about the innovation projects underway on the Bristol Is Open website.

Find out more

To find out more about any of the council’s companies, the Shareholder or Bristol Holding Company, contact Helen Wheeler, Senior Client Manager, Shareholder Liaison Function.