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Octopus Energy helps light up Leicester for Christmas

Published on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Staff from Octopus Energy help decorate Leicester's giant Christmas tree

OCTOPUS Energy, which has a large customer service team in the centre of Leicester, is helping the city light up for Christmas this year, thanks to its partnership with the city council.

The energy company, which supplies almost 1.2million UK homes, will once again be the headline sponsor for the switch-on of Leicester’s Christmas lights – but this year, Octopus Energy will also be ­sponsoring the giant tree that has pride of place next to the city’s famous Clock Tower.

The 50ft spruce is being decorated with 900 brand new baubles this year, giving Leicester’s tree a fresh new colour scheme for 2019.

It will be lit up by thousands of pea-lights on Thursday 21 November as part of a packed programme of entertainment that’s been sponsored by Octopus Energy.

The switch-on event will include music from popular Leicester band, the Platforms, while 4th Avenue will entertain the crowd with their Motown-inspired hits, and Gareth John will perform Christmas favourites from Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.

There will also be a song from Antony Costa – the singer from Blue who will be appearing in De Montfort Hall’s Christmas pantomime, Aladdin, and who will help Lord Mayor Cllr Annette Byrne turn on the Christmas lights.

The fun gets under way on Humberstone Gate at 5pm on 21 November, with the big switch-on taking place at 6.30pm.

"Octopus Energy is delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Leicester City Christmas Lights Switch-On for the second year running,” said Rebecca Dibb-Simkin, Product and Marketing Director at Octopus Energy.

“Leicester is a brilliant city and we’re really excited to have this connection with a community that shares the Octopus mission of speeding the transition to a clean energy future.”

Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair has welcomed Octopus Energy’s support.

“It’s very important that we create a Christmas atmosphere in Leicester that people who live and work in the city will enjoy – and that also helps to attract shoppers and visitors from outside the area,” he said.

“Generous support from our sponsors helps us make our Christmas budget go further, so we’re very grateful to Octopus Energy for working with us again this year to help get the countdown to Christmas under way in style.”

Leicester’s lights are powered by 100% renewable electricity. Once the festivities are over, the city’s decorations will be packed away, ready to be used again in future years, while the giant Christmas tree will be recycled and re-used as chippings.

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Photo caption: Jess Hunter and Angela Joyce from Octopus Energy join deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair to decorate the 50ft Christmas tree at Leicester’s Clock Tower.


Notes to editors:

Octopus Energy launched to the public in April 2016. It supplies 100% renewable electricity and gas to almost 1.2 million UK homes. Octopus Energy is the only Which? Recommended energy supplier for a second year in a row, has been awarded the company who has done the most to advance renewables in Britain and was voted the UK’s best company to work for.  Founded by e-commerce entrepreneurs, Octopus Energy has a different starting point to other suppliers, aiming to redefine what is possible for consumers and the system by using technology and data to deliver the best products and experience.

Octopus Energy is backed by Octopus Group, a financial services and energy firm, which manages more than £8.6bn of funds. Octopus has invested more than £2.7bn in renewable assets across Europe, while its ventures arm has backed UK success stories like Zoopla, Depop, Secret Escapes and SwiftKey.