It was reported in the media on Thursday 26 April that Bristol City Council had opted to award its supply contract to British Gas rather than its own supply company Bristol Energy. Explaining its decision Bristol City Council said that it had to follow strict procurement guidelines and couldn’t show any favouritism towards its own supply company. Commenting on the news, Bristol Energy’s Managing Director Peter Haigh said: “[…] although we are owned by Bristol City Council, it doesn’t automatically mean we can win contracts for supplying electricity and gas to their corporate estate. And this is the way it should be – a fair competitive process.”