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  • Status: Current
  • Date: January 2019
  • Sector:
    • Business Services

www.utilitybidder.co.uk

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Utility Bidder

Utility Bidder is a leading energy broker, offering energy procurement services to UK, SME customers. Sovereign has partnered the management team to further develop the business through a strategy of organic and acquisitive growth.

Investment background

Utility Bidder was set up in 2009; the founders had seen the opportunity to develop a service offering focused on serving UK SMEs. The business went from strength-to-strength and by 2018 employed c.100 people in its offices in Corby and Manchester.

Keen to further enhance the business, they appointed Chris Shaw as CEO in 2018. The founders also wanted investment to take full advantage of the market opportunities and to realise some of the value they had created in the business. They met Sovereign and really liked the strategy of scaling the business through organic and acquisitive growth. In January 2019, Sovereign backed the MBO of Utility Bidder.

Value creation to date

  • Augmented the management team with the appointment of Mark Wood, formerly CEO of Axa UK, as non-executive Chairman
  • Helped the business review its sales capability leading to clear opportunities for enhancement
  • Supported Utility Bidder in strengthening both its IT and accounting capability

The story so far

At the time of the MBO, Sovereign enhanced the management team with the appointment of Mark Wood, formerly CEO of Axa UK, as non-executive Chairman. The company currently brokers energy and other utilities contracts to over 14,500 SME clients across a number of industry sectors in the UK.

Sovereign is working with the management team to further develop the business both organically and through acquisitive acquisition.


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In their own words

We operate in an exciting market with great opportunities. Sovereign has a tremendous track-record of backing high-quality growth businesses that have the potential to significantly scale-up. We look forward to further developing our product offering and growing our client base with Sovereign’s investment and partnership.

Chris Shaw / CEO / Utility Bidder

Utility Bidder Awards

Telca 2018 - Sales Leaders of the Year

The Energy Awards - Finalist