Sean Kelly, Investment Manager at Northstar Ventures (left), Chris Dawson and Dale Knight of One Uti
Jamie Hardesty

Second fundraising round sees Newcastle energy startup bag £500k investment

Newcastle-based energy startup One Utility Bill has completed its second round of funding, securing a £500k investment from North East back to help the firm expand further.

North East investor, and former Mayoral runner, Jeremy Middleton backed the fundraising round led by Northstar Ventures.

One Utility Bill provides a service for residential landlords and their tenants that merges their utility bill with their rent into one all-inclusive charge, which makes life easier for both parties, especially with homes of multiple occupancy.

Since it was founded two years ago by Newcastle University graduate Chris Dawson and his business partner Dale Knight the company has grown to service more than 150 letting agents, and employ 16 people.

This round of funding, which is the company’s second, will help the firm expand further and will create a number of additional jobs in Newcastle.

Jeremy Middleton said: “I’m delighted to back One Utility Bill, our region needs companies with great ideas and the motivation to bring them to fruition, and these guys have both.

“My first company was in the utility sector, I have invested in a number of others in it, and I think One Utility Bill brings a great new service to the market.

Sean Kelly, Investment Manager at Northstar Ventures, said: “The progress Chris and Dale have made with One Utility Bill over the last two years is really great to see.

“The interest from letting agencies, landlords and tenants really shows the quality of the business. This, along with the funding they’ve received from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund, has helped them become one of the North East’s fastest growing startups.

“We’ve supported One Utility Bill from its inception and we are pleased to be furthering our relationship with Chris, Dale and the team. We look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and achieve success at the highest level.”

Chris Dawson said: “We operate nationally, and are based in Newcastle, so this investment allows us to serve more customers across the country, while creating jobs locally.

“Newcastle is a fantastic climate for businesses to start up and grow, and this investment is a great example of the funding available to help them.”

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