BR-MeX: Business customer and retailer measure of experience

The opening of the business retail market in April 2027 afforded around 1.2 million eligible business customers in England the ability to choose their provider of water and wastewater retail services.

Since market opening the role of wholesalers in the business sector has changed with retailers taking on the provision of retail activities. Retailers are now responsible for customer-facing activities but wholesalers have retained responsibility for providing wholesale services to business customers. Wholesalers play a key role in facilitating the delivery of a good business customer experience.

Ofwat’s PR24 final methodology set out its decision to include BR-MeX as a new common performance commitment for the English water companies to capture both the experience of end business customers and the experience of retailers when engaging with wholesalers. BR-MeX will focus on incentivising water companies to provide an excellent customer experience to business customers and to retailers in the market.

Ofwat, in collaboration with MOSL, will pilot all aspects of the B-MeX and R-MeX surveys in 2023-2024, followed by a shadow run in spring 2024 to ensure the incentive mechanism is robust for implementation and commencement from April 2025.

Please find the BR-MeX Pilot report 2023-2024 here and Guidance for the BR-MeX Shadow Year 2024-2025 here.

The table below outline key activities and publications related to the development of the BR-MeX incentive mechanism.

Topic
Timing/Dates
Documents
Further information
BR-MeX industry workshop 13 April 2023 BR-MeX workshop meeting note 13 April 2023

BR-MeX workshop slides 13 April 2023

BR-MeX working group  11 May 2023 BR-MeX working group – meeting note May 2023

BR-MeX working group slides 11052023

BR-MeX working group 10 July 2023 BR-MeX working group – meeting notes 10 July 2023

BR-MeX Working Group Slides 10 July 2023

BR-MeX working group 25 July 2023 BR-MeX working group – meeting notes 25 July 2023

BR-MeX working group slides 25 July 2023

BR-MeX industry workshop 18 August 2023 BR-MeX industry workshop – meeting notes 18 August 2023

BR-MeX industry workshop slides 18 August 2023

BR-MeX industry workshop 14 December 2023 BR-MeX industry workshop – meeting note 14 December 2023

BR-MeX industry workshop slides 14 December 2023

BR-MeX working group 9 February 2024 BR-MeX working group – meeting note 09 February 2024

BR-MeX working group – slides 09 February 2024

BR-MeX working group 15 February 2024 BR-MeX working group – meeting note 15 February 2024

BR-MeX working group – slides 15 February 2024

BR-MeX industry workshop 5 March 2024 BR-MeX industry workshop – meeting notes 05 March 2024

BR-MeX industry workshop slides 05 March 2024

BR-MeX working group 27 March 2024 BR-MeX working group – meeting note 27 March 2024

BR-MeX working group – slides 27 March 2024

BR-MeX Pilot Report and Guidance for the Shadow Period 10 April 2024 BR-MeX Pilot Report 2023-2024

Guidance for the B-MeX Shadow Year 2024-2025

Sample Template for B-MeX Shadow Year 2024-2025

BR-MeX working group 17 April 2024 BR-MeX working group – meeting note 17 April 2024

BR-MeX working group – slides 17 April 2024

BR-MeX working group – scenarios for dicussion 17 April 2024

BR-MeX workshop 25 April 2024 B-MeX workshop with Wholesalers – meeting note 25 April 2024

B-MeX workshop with Wholesalers – slides 25 April 2024