Posts Tagged ‘2010’
Congratulations to British Gas, on the day that they announce a rise in profits during 2010 of a whopping 24% to £742 million, just two months after hiking up their domestic energy prices by 7% – that’s some sensational work and no mistake.
British Gas blamed that recent price rise on the rise in wholesale costs, but made most of their money during the big freeze at the beginning of 2010. The company didn’t attract a huge amount of new customers, with an increase of just 1.7% in their customer base, but every single customer did their bit to work towards such a phenomenal annual profit. Parent company Centrica achieved pre-tax operating profits of £2.4 billion, up an amazing 29%.
It’s astonishing stuff, and we suggest that British Gas customers celebrate by opening the windows and turning all the heating right up today. Those who are struggling to pay their bills should try and resist the urge to stick their heads in the gas oven.
In case you missed it owing to the never-ending holiday season, nasty Vodafone are suffering from a bloodied nose at the moment, inflicted by you lot and your voting. Yes, the wretched mobile communication firm came out on top of our Worst Company In Britain 2010 poll which ended just as Santa was dropping in with his sacks of goodies.
Now that the dust has settled and we’re all feeling a little bit calmer, we’d like to shine the torch on the companies that have made us smile over the past year instead of making us want to attempt to chew our own elbows off instead. Yes, it’s Bitterwallet’s Best Company In Britain 2010 award,
Ass per its evil twin, you can nominate any company that operates in the UK, either in the comments box below or by following us on Twitter and replying to us there. GET ON IT!
If you’ve watched any television over the past few days, you can’t help but notice there’s a SALE ON NOW. That’s not a surprise, obviously, with many stores dangling an extra carrot in front of consumers; the VAT increase arrives on 1st January, meaning an extra 2.5 per cent will be piled on top of most price tags in just four day’s time, so bag your bargains now, now, NOW!
If you’d like to play a fun consumer-related game with us, then have a crack at the following:
- Choose a shop that is currently predicting some sort of financial Armageddon if you don’t buy from them before the VAT increase on 1st January – your television is currently stuffed with commercials for them. We’ve chosen Currys who are desperate for you to enjoy the bargains while they last.
- Make a note of some product prices -we’ve taken a screengrab of the Beat the VAT promotional page on the Currys site because the suggestion is all these prices – whether they’re sale prices or not – will increase
- Come 2010, compare the prices in January to those offered now
We’re curious to see what stores do, because sticking the additional VAT on prices will cause all manner of ugly numbers – an iPod Touch at Currys costing £149 will become £152.73 £152.25, and so on. So will stores:
- round up their prices up to something which won’t necessitate lots of change in the till and mean the prices look less ambiguous – i.e. £153 in the case of the iPod Touch – but which means charging more than the VAT increase dictates?
- round their prices down for the same reasons as above, but absorb part of the increase themselves?
- make a merry old song and dance about not increasing their prices at all and take the hit, and hence another reason to grab a bargain while you can!
The sales will no doubt continue into January, so let’s see if any dastardly outlets take the opportunity to introduce price rises above 2.5 per cent in the hope nobody spots them. Let us know in the comments or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other sources claim that the phone is being developed by HTC and that it will run an improved version of Android once it arrives in a few month’s time.
Google haven’t officially unveiled the thing yet, but The Register are reporting that device has been shown off to selected Google employees, with one of them, Les Hawthorn, quickly blab-blogging about the thing all over Twitter.
Sez Les: “Stuck in mass of traffic leaving work post last all hands of 2009. ZOMG we had fireworks and we all got the new Google phone. It’s beautiful.” We’re choosing to ignore the fact that most of her tweet is complete and utter gibberish and are concentrating on the phone stuff instead.
More nonsense flowed later from Google’s own blog – see if you can decipher THIS, crimefighters…
“At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from “eating your own dogfood”). Well this holiday season, we are taking dogfooding to a new level.
Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.”
So there you have it. gPhone for 2010. Totally nailed on. Either that or the good folk at Winalot had better start quaking in their boots.
The motor industry have all but confirmed that there’s no immediate end in sight to the car sales crisis with NEXT year’s British International Motor Show cancelled for the first time since 1939.
The show, was supposed to be held at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands next summer but has been called off 15 months early as the gloom surrounding the car industry deepens. Bad news for petrolheads and aspiring glamour models everywhere.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have said that car manufacturers were unable to commit to appearing at the event, leaving them no option but to scrap what is the UK’s largest consumer exhibition.
It’s bad news but not the end of the world. However, if this downturn gets any worse and they end up cancelling the Ideal Home Show, the Chelsea Flower Show or any cheese rolling festivals, we’re going to go titting apeshit.