“Thank you very much for coming to what is a very important occasion. I especially want to say thank you to the representatives of Bombardier, Rolls-Royce and Toyota UK, who are all here today as major local employers to show their companies’ active support for RAM Energy – and to Bombardier for hosting this launch.

Sadly, around 1 in 6 people in Derby and elsewhere live in fuel poverty. That means they have to go without other things to pay their energy bills. That cannot be right in 2017. We at the City Council want to do something about it.

That‘s why we’re launching RAM Energy today – a new energy brand especially for Derby, but also available to people outside the city. Because this is a Council venture, any profit generated will be used to keep prices down.  The money will be in the pockets of customers, not of shareholders or highly-paid directors.

The launch is one of 50 pledges made by the Council as part of our vision to make Derby a safe, strong and ambitious city. We firmly believe that RAM Energy will improve the quality of life for many thousands of local people.

Why? Because incredibly, 60% of domestic customers don’t switch energy suppliers regularly. That means they’re almost certainly paying higher rates than they need to.

Those people can potentially save significant amounts of money with RAM Energy. I know this to be true, because my own uncle is in line to cut his energy bills with RAM Energy by hundreds of pounds!

Many householders have become disillusioned with the established big energy suppliers, so RAM Energy offers a real alternative. And for those who aren’t used to switching and are nervous about it, we’ll make things easy. We have prepared front-line Council staff to help people where required.

We’re doing this doing through the Metro Strategy, our strategic alliance with Nottingham City Council. Nottingham’s energy brand, Robin Hood Energy, will be helping us to deliver RAM Energy.

RAM Energy is now open for business.

I urge everyone to seize this opportunity. Visit the RAM Energy website or call for free to get your quote today.”

You can watch coverage from today’s launch on the RAM Energy facebook page.

Image caption- (from left-right) Will Tanner, Bombardier, Anthony Hatfield, Rolls Royce, Nick Freeman, Toyota UK, Andy Springall, Robin Hood, Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, Shaun Bennett, Derby Homes.