Sir Richard Branson of Virgin, the title sponsor for all 17 years, commented on this year’s results: “There has never been a better time to grow a business in the UK, as this year’s Fast Track 100 list proves. The pick-up in confidence and the speed at which technology is changing markets means there are plenty of opportunities for innovative businesses with entrepreneurial spirit and great ideas to thrive. The Fast Track 100 companies continue to exceed expectations – let’s hope they act as a spur to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Glide Enters the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100

Glide, which was founded in 2006, by a couple of entrepreneurial students, has been ranked in the top 100 fastest-growing privately owned British businesses.

The utilities and service provider for shared households is a £13million business with 51 employees and over 40,000 customers across the UK. They have seen a 47% sales growth over the past three years, which has secured their place at 95 in the high profile business league table.

The 17th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 countdown, which has previously featured chip designer ARM, and Carphone Warehouse before they went on to make billions, has this year ranked Energy efficiency consultancy Anesco in the top spot. The Reading-based business provides advice, finance and maintenance for energy generating and saving projects.

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James Villarreal, CEO and co-founder of Glide said of their inaugural year in the Fast Track 100: “It’s a huge accolade to be acknowledged alongside the best performing businesses in the country.  We started the business eight years ago in our student digs in Birmingham.  Today we’re pleased to have our very own offices in Central Birmingham and a dedicated, hard-working team who have all played a vital role in making Glide a success.”

The Birmingham business has moved beyond its student routes and caters to a much wider business audience. Today just 50% of Glide’s business is billing students, or professionals living in a shared house directly, while the other half is helping landlords with portfolios of HMO houses to offer bills inclusive effectively; a growing trend in shared accommodation, which is supporting Glide’s growth.

Glide’s mantra is; bills made simple, life made simple. Offering students, professionals and business customers one single monthly bill to cover all their utilities and portfolios. Glide exists to take the pain and stress out of utility bills, to give their customers the time to get busy doing the things they want to be doing.  This approach, together with their technologically advanced billing infrastructure, has earned Glide its market leading position.

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin, the title sponsor for all 17 years, commented on this year’s results: “There has never been a better time to grow a business in the UK, as this year’s Fast Track 100 list proves. The pick-up in confidence and the speed at which technology is changing markets means there are plenty of opportunities for innovative businesses with entrepreneurial spirit and great ideas to thrive. The Fast Track 100 companies continue to exceed expectations – let’s hope they act as a spur to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.”

As well as Glide achieving placement in The Sunday Times, Virgin Fast Track 100, James himself has won the coveted Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) award, becoming the youngest entrepreneur to achieve the accolade.  He is a founder member and chair of the Young Institute of Directors, West Midlands, and invests significant time building a support network for other young directors and entrepreneurs in the West Midlands area.