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Fleetwood Town and BES Utilities Owner Jailed for Fraud

Updated: Oct 5, 2023


Introduction: In a recent and shocking event, Andy Pilley, the former chairman of Fleetwood Town Football Club, was sentenced to jail for his involvement in a staggering multi-million pound fraud case. This revelation has sent ripples through the football community and revealed troubling practices within Pilley's company, BES Utilities. This blog post delves into the details of the scandal, focusing specifically on the misdeeds associated with BES Utilities and the implications for Pilley's personal life and the businesses involved.

The Fraudulent Scheme: A thorough investigation conducted by trading standards unveiled deceptive practices orchestrated by Andy Pilley through his company, BES Utilities. It was found that BES Utilities, under Pilley's direction, mis-sold gas and electricity contracts, duping businesses into expensive energy agreements. BES Utilities even went so far as to post fabricated customer comments on websites to mislead potential clients.

Legal Consequences: Following his conviction last month, Andy Pilley resigned as chairman and club director of Fleetwood Town Football Club. Pilley was found guilty of multiple charges, leading to a 13-year prison sentence. These charges directly relate to his activities at BES Utilities and his fraudulent business practices.

The Manipulation and Deception: During the trial, it was revealed that Pilley created a false sense of independence for the sales team at BES Utilities. These salespeople were responsible for deceiving countless business proprietors into signing long-term, costly energy contracts with BES Utilities

The Fallout for BES Utilities and Fleetwood Town: BES Utilities, the Fleetwood-based energy firm associated with Pilley, stated that the convictions only related to individuals and not the company itself. However, given that Pilley was a director, the scandal has inevitably cast a shadow over BES Utilities.

Impacts on the Victims: The deceptive practices of BES Utilities have significantly harmed small business owners. These businesses were intentionally misled by BES Utilities into signing expensive and burdensome energy contracts. The conviction and sentencing of Andy Pilley is, in many ways, a victory for these victims.

Looking Ahead: While Andy Pilley's imprisonment marks the end of this particular case, the effects of the BES Utilities scandal will continue to reverberate. Affected businesses and BES Utilities itself will need to work hard to rebuild their reputations.

Conclusion: The shocking conviction and imprisonment of Andy Pilley, the former chairman of BES Utilities, has served as a stark reminder that corruption can occur even in prominent businesses like BES Utilities. As victims seek to recover and as BES Utilities attempts to move forward, questions remain about how to prevent similar fraud in the future.


If you were affected by the fraudulent contracts from BES Utilities, get in touch with us at The Smart Energy Company. We specialise in helping businesses navigate energy contracts and find more suitable solutions. Don't let past mistakes dictate your energy future. Let's explore how we can help you make smarter energy choices moving forward.

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