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A year in review: looking back at 2014

This year we've had front-row seats for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, lent our name to one of the UK's most iconic venues, raised a whole lot of money and given life to an orangutan called Maya.

A big year by anyone's standards!

Here we take a look back at some of the highlights of 2014.

January

Customer Forum

We started the year with a welcome New Year’s resolution – to cut our prices.

On average, customers will save £38* a year after we took an average of 3.5% off bills.

The price cut took effect from 24 March.

February

 Modernapprentices 900

Over 90 of our staff were celebrating in February.

The industrious group had completed their Modern Apprenticeship qualifications after a tough year of study at work and home.

They joined 500 young people going through apprenticeships with SSE. We invest an average of £80,000 on each one to build their future.

March

In March we limbered up to raise money for Sport Relief.

We may not be harbouring the next Usain Bolt or Sir Chris Hoy, but we got into the spirit to raise as much cash as possible.

With our customers' help we were able to donate £350,000 to Sport Relief.

And in March we froze our standard gas and electricity prices until 2016^ to give our customers total peace of mind about the price of their energy.

April

Wembley 900

In April we began a special partnership with one of Britain’s most iconic venues - The SSE Arena, Wembley.

See how SSE customers can get tickets first~ when they sign up for SSE Reward.

May

Hydro Exterior Banner 900

The SSE Hydro welcomed its 100th show when the circus came to town in May.

The visit of Cirque du Soleil's Dralion was the milestone show, nine months after the Glasgow venue’s grand opening.

Experience The SSE Hydro in numbers.

June

June marked five years of SSE staff giving their time back to help the community.

Every staff member is encouraged to take a day’s paid leave to work with a local charity or group that matters to them.

In five years our staff have lent a hand to over 2,000 projects.

Request help for your community project.

July

The sporting world descended on Glasgow in July for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

For 12 days the city was transformed, and SSE was right there as a Proud Partner of the Games.

August

Thousands of fans answered our call to get behind their home nation during Glasgow 2014.

Our Next Generation Athlete scheme is doubling to help 100 young athletes in 2015 – and we wanted you to decide which nation got the most funding.

Over 50,000 fans tweeted a message of support to their home nation. Scotland came out top, which helped secure funding for 25 more young Scottish athletes.

September

In September The SSE Hydro became Craiglang, the home of cult show Still Game.

The record-breaking run of 21 shows called for something special, so we gave our lounges and SSE Reward desk a makeover fit for Jack and Victor.

To add to the festivities, The SSE Hydro turned one on 30 September.

See how we transformed our lounge into The Clansman.

October

In October we introduced Maya to the world.

She’s the star of our latest TV ad, which encouraged us all to look at energy with fresh eyes.

November

Living Wage 900

We’re proud to be one of the UK’s biggest Living Wage employers.

In November SSE received the Living Wage Champion Award for Scotland to recognise our commitment to fair pay.

We’ve extended our commitment to the Living Wage to cover our supply chain too to ensure contracted employees get it too.

Find out more about our Living Wage commitments.

We also become one of the first energy suppliers to introduce faster switching. That means customers can now switch to us in just 17 days, down from 35.

And November saw a group of lucky prize draw winners spend a morning at the Olympic velodrome in London with Sir Chris Hoy.

December

Max-Meter-Installer

In December we rolled out our first ever dementia awareness training programme.

We’re working hard to give our staff the skills they need to do more for our customers with dementia.

And One Direction fans battled for tickets – exclusively reserved for SSE customers - for the band’s appearance at The SSE Hydro.

Over 48,000 Directioners descended on the SSE Reward website that week, with demand peaking at 20,000 on the morning tickets went on sale.

And finally…

It’s been a huge year for SSE, and perhaps the most exciting part has been everything we’ve been part of in sport and entertainment. 

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*Based on Ofgem's industry standard annual household consumption figures of 13,500kWh of gas and 3,200kWh of electricity.

^  Applies to all SSE, SSE Scottish Hydro, SSE Southern Electric, SSE SWALEC and SSE Atlantic domestic customers in Great Britain who are on or who move to the Standard tariff before 1 January 2016. Applies to this standard variable price only. Domestic customers on existing fixed term contracts can switch to the frozen standard tariff at any point in their contract with no penalty/exit fees.

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