Goodlord to merge with Vouch

Property technology company Goodlord has announced it will be joining forces with referencing platform Vouch. Going forward, the 2,000+ clients of the two companies will have a wider choice of software offerings and access to a sector-leading end-to-end platform.

Goodlord CEO William Reeve will be CEO of the combined group. Vouch’s founders will become Goodlord shareholders and Vouch gains a seat on the Goodlord Board of Directors.

Vouch co-founders, husband and wife team Simon and Jaime Tillyer, will continue to run the Vouch platform from their Sheffield HQ, alongside their team of 15 employees. They retain their roles of Managing Director and Director of Operations, respectively. Vouch’s Head of Technology, Dan Hawkins, will continue in his role. Co-founders Kevin and Lynsey Gaskell will move on to focus on the separate family agency business, Shefflets.

Founded in 2017, Vouch offers a fixed-cost hybrid referencing solution – saving agents time without the need for outsourcing, as well as providing access to commission-based revenue streams.

Founded in 2014, Goodlord’s award-winning software allows agents to manage the whole pre-tenancy process in one place, including contract generation, digital payments, referencing, insurance, and distribution of legal documents.

The Vouch platform and the Goodlord platform will retain their separate brand identities and customers will see service carry on as normal. The two businesses will however work closely to develop a wider choice of services and provide interoperability between their two platforms, including the integration of their API.

Vouch customers will have the opportunity to access Goodlord products, including plans to offer access to Goodlord’s popular insurance products. Together, the two companies will offer agents a tiered suite of services – from one-off referencing needs to end-to-end software automation at enterprise level.

Additionally, the new group will build improved auxiliary services for tenants including enhanced utilities, broadband and media switching.