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Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Des Scott, was on hand to welcome Utilita Energy to the borough - a move that has created 200 new job opportunities for local people.
Dr Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, and Utilita Energy CEO Bill Bullen, cut the ribbon as Utilita Energy officially opened their new offices in Chandler’s Ford - in the same week that the growing energy supplier's customers reached the 400,000 mark.
Cllr Scott said: ”We are delighted to welcome Utilita Energy to our borough and they will be a great addition to our thriving business community. It’s fantastic news that they are creating 200 new jobs and that they have chosen to site their new headquarters at Chandler’s Ford. I wish them every success for the future.”
Bill Bullen, CEO Utilita Energy, said: “This is a landmark day for the company – we are growing very quickly and I am mindful we are very much a Hampshire success story. We’ve reached 400,000 customers and expect to hit half a million early in 2017.”
He added, “As sad as we are to leave Winchester, we are delighted that we have moved to Chandler’s Ford to a facility that will help us continue to grow.”
Alan Whitehead said: “It’s fantastic to see a company bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. Utilita Energy is leading the way on pay-as-you-go smart metering. Pay-as-you-go customers will perhaps benefit the most from having a system where they can keep track of how much energy they are using, hopefully leading to cheaper bills and better energy efficiency in the home.”
Founded in 2003, Utilita Energy is the leading provider of smart pay-as-you-go energy in Great Britain, offering every customer it supplies with free smart meters and a price commitment it has held since 2008.