Glide Utilities

Company information

  • Sector: Utilities
  • Region: West Midlands
  • Revenue: £10m to £20m
  • Website:

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Glide Utilities started as a pub-conversation idea and has now evolved into a multi-million pound utilities and services provider for shared households.

It was the first company in the UK to offer multi-tenant billing, which it says takes the headache and financial risk out of bills for students living in shared accommodation.

“We exist to take the stress out of bills, giving our customers time to do the things they love”

“Our mantra is ‘bills made simple, life made simple’,” says CEO, James Villarreal. “We exist to take the stress out of utility bills, giving our customers time to do the things they love.”

James says the company has grown year on year since its 2006 inception to become a £17m turnover business with 69 employees and 50,000 customers in the UK.

“This year alone the business stands to grow by an estimated 30%,” says James.

Glide has capitalised on the growing student market and increasing demand for shared accommodation.

  • 50,000 – The number of customers Glide Utilities serves in the UK

“Our unique online portal gives tenants and property owners the ability to track and monitor all their household energy usage in one place, at the click of a button,” he says. Glide also offers a mobile app, which allows customers to access and track usage, view and pay bills and enter meter readings, without even stepping into their home.

James asserts that any smart entrepreneurs can emulate their success.

“Just work hard, do your research and surround yourself with good people. If we can do it, others can!”