Sector Technology, media and telecoms
Location London, UK
Investment type Buyout
Date of investment October 2013
Investment status Current
Non-executive directors Catherine Richards

Glide

The company

Glide (formerly CableCom Networking), is a leading provider of managed internet and digital media services to high density, principally student, accommodation throughout the UK.

Glide designs, installs and manages the networks required to deliver broadband connectivity and digital media services to student accommodation, social housing and key worker accommodation under long term contracts. It has grown rapidly through a focus on technical excellence, high levels of customer service and by maintaining strong partnerships with investors in the sector.

Students are very demanding internet users with multiple wireless devices, high consumption of bandwidth and they all arrive on the same day each year wanting to connect in a trouble-free way. Glide has built its business by investing in both the technology and customer support to cope with this uniquely challenging user base and provide a hassle-free solution for the accommodation providers.

Growth strategy

Whilst maintaining their core focus on growing market share in UK student accommodation, the management team sought an investor with international experience and resources to support further investment in technology to enhance capacity and continue to improve services.

The Inflexion difference

We are already working with the team to assess the opportunity to expand their service offering into social housing and lower density student accommodation markets. In addition, we are helping them develop market entry strategies for other European markets to complement their presence in the Netherlands.