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CHELTENHAM ENTREPRENEUR SAVES BRITS THOUSANDS, THROUGH HOMEGROWN UTILITY/INSURANCE COMPARISON SITE
United Kingdom – While its office in the Cheltenham may look inconspicuous, UtilitySavingExpert.com is a true Gloucestershire success story; helping UK consumers save thousands of pounds on utilities and insurance products.
It’s the brainchild of Cheltenham-based Chris Richards, who originally built solid relationships with local authorities and public service institutions through his founding of a council tax mediation service. It was at this time he became acutely aware that millions of JAMS (those who are “just-about-managing”) were having their hard-earned pounds squeezed tighter than ever – particularly when it came to utility bills.
This inspired Richards to launch UtilitySavingExpert.com, still based in the County, with the goal of providing a truly-impartial energy comparison service that also offers wider tools and resources to help everyone save on their bills. It was an overwhelming success.
Three years later, Richards and his team are preparing for the exciting relaunch of the service, now adding car, home, life and pet insurance comparison to their menu of offerings.
“Energy costs have been on the rise now for almost a decade, and most consumers are not aware that they’re drastically over-spending,” explains Richards. “I wanted to build a site that was easy to use, 100% impartial and provided a one-stop portal for utility comparisons and energy switching. We launched in 2014 and it’s been a huge success. Now we see a need to assist people with the strategic purchase of insurance products, hence why we’re about to relaunch with a new suite of services.”
It comes at a time when insurance products are pricing many out of the market. For example, Chancellor Philip Hammond recently announced plans to increase Insurance Premium Tax to 12%, which will force millions of policy holders to fork out more cash, with no perceived added value. It’s something Richards and his team want to help people throttle.
“Everything we do is underpinned with the importance of social, fiscal and moral responsibility. We’re not just a comparison site, but a portal to help people increase the spending power of their income, avoid corporate price hikes and ensure their monthly outgoings remain manageable. That’s why we’re different; it’s so much more than just scouring insurers or utility companies for the cheapest rate,” he adds.
And it’s not all for profit, either. In fact, the company gives 10% of all profits to fuel poverty-related charities. It’s a bold mandate.
While success has been national, Richard remains grounded and passionate about the company’s links to Gloucestershire.
“We’re Cheltenham based, I’m a Cheltenham guy and local consumers remain a loyal core customer base for us,” he says. “There’s no better place in the country to be headquartered, and we’re finding more and more County homeowners joining our ranks every day.”
To explore the vast resources and services provided by Utility Saving Expert, visit the official website: http://www.utilitysavingexpert.com.