Diary: British Gas demerger mail out proves to be no lightweight administrative task

Pet owners would be best advised to keep Fido and Tibbles away from their front doors this week. For, coming soon to a letter box near you - courtesy of Fishburn Hedges - are sacks of 750 gram missives.

Pet owners would be best advised to keep Fido and Tibbles away from

their front doors this week. For, coming soon to a letter box near you -

courtesy of Fishburn Hedges - are sacks of 750 gram missives.



The packages are 1.7 million British Gas demerger documents, for which

Fishburn Hedges is co-ordinating the printing and mailing out. Due to be

posted to shareholders and members of British Gas’ employee share trust,

each pack comprises 64 pages of voting and proxy forms, listing

particulars for the proposed new transmission company Centrica, a

shareholder circular and a letter from the British Gas chairman.



No single printing site could manage the task of producing the whole

lot, so Fishburn Hedges organised the job through eight different

locations in Nottingham, Plymouth, Gillingham, Andover, Caerphilly,

Clwyd, Corby and Peterborough.



The paper alone weighs in at around 15,000 tons. If all the A4 pages

were laid end to end they would make a line of paper around 20,000

kilometres long and stretch three times around the world. Postage costs

will be somewhere in the region of pounds 2.5 million.



An animal-loving Fishburn Hedges staff member confided to PR Week: ’I

don’t know how many pets are going to be crushed by this pack falling

through the letterbox, but perhaps the RSPCA should be alerted.’



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