NZ Startup is NZ’s only Multiple Utility Comparison Website
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3rd AUGUST 2016
New Zealand website glimp.co.nz is expanding its service to ensure more of us are getting the best deal for our broadband and power needs.
The utilities-comparison site launched in January with its broadband plan analysis and, following big demand, will launch power plan comparisons on Tuesday 3rd of August at midday.
glimp was founded by former Facilities Manager Michael Speight and former Financial Auditor Denis Tyur’kov who both quit their career jobs last year to launch the startup in January.
“In just six months, we’ve had more than 30,000 New Zealanders use glimp,” says Tyur’kov. “Of those, almost 2000 have switched broadband providers. That’s 2000 people getting a better deal for their internet needs, thanks to our service.”
“It’s incredibly satisfying,” adds Speight. “But the uptake we’ve had has made us think about what else we can help New Zealanders save money on. The natural next step, after a lot of demand from our users for it, is to help people get the best deal for power too.”
In fact, the idea for glimp came to Speight when he moved from the United Kingdom five years ago and found it difficult to find the best power plan for his needs.
“I couldn’t believe how hard it was to compare the prices of power and other utilities because there were so many different offerings between the providers,” he says.
“All I wanted was a simple and clear comparison of what each plan offered, and at what price. That didn’t exist, so Denis and I decided to build it.”
With glimp, users answer a handful of questions about their location and usage preferences before being presented with the various options likely to suit their needs. A full breakdown of each service is provided to ensure plans are compared by the same standards. A switch to a better-suited plan is just a few clicks away.
“The whole process from first inquiry to switching providers generally takes less than five minutes,” says Tyur’kov.
The service is completely free for users wanting to compare broadband and power prices, and the startup makes money by charging the utilities companies a fee for every new customer they refer.
“Ultimately, the more people who use glimp, the better it is for all consumers,” explains Speight. “Because the more it gets used, the more it encourages power and internet companies to stay competitive, and that’s got to be a good thing for everyone.”
The duo’s money saving mission won’t end at broadband and power; they say they’re eyeing up insurance and financial services as potential extensions of their service in the near future.