Utilities intermediary One Utility Bill has established a new partnership with a property management firm in the region.
The Newcastle University-backed business, which targets the student accommodation market, has joined forces with Durham and Jesmond-based Acorn Properties.
One Utility Bill currently offers flexible and affordable energy and internet deals for students, and manages their bills for then.
Part of its offering is based on easy division of bills between multiple housemates, and the new partnership will facilitate all-inclusive packages for tenants.
Led by managing director Chris Dawson, the business has also launched a service for landlords, helping them to market their properties.
Mr Dawson said: “We’re extremely proud that our company is growing so quickly and our partnership with Acorn is very important to our progress. Partnerships with letting agents and landlords are key to promoting our service to their customers and tenants.
“When we talked to landlords in the early days of our business, many of them wanted a utilities management service for their own businesses so that’s exactly what we’ve done. We also organise household bills such as council tax and TV licenses.
“By working directly with agents and landlords we can simplify our utility process even further and this is all positive news for the long-term success of our business, our key sales channels have now become loyal clients and customers.”
Acorn Properties managing director, John Henderson, said: “The market in Durham is very pro all-inclusive rents and we are delighted to be working with One Utility Bill to develop a package for both the Students and the Professional market sectors both here and in our head office in Newcastle.
“We’ve supported this company from the very beginning, and we believe that One Utility Bill’s working ethos is strong and focused and wish them every success with this latest expansion.”
One Utility Bill has already partnered with a number of water, gas and electricity providers.
Rachel Gallagher, a private landlord, and owner of EC1 Solutions said: “Being able to offer our tenants an all-inclusive service makes our properties more desirable, meaning they rent quicker with happier tenants. This can only be a positive move for our company and we’re happy to be working with One Utility Bill.”