Have you ever struggled to find a plumber or electrician? Rated People could be your answer. It provides an online service that homeowners can use to find local tradesmen and look at their reviews and ratings. Through its website, customers can post a job, get quotes, check other customers’ ratings, and then hire a builder, roofer or decorator. The London company now generates almost £1 billion of home-improvement spending through its website each year, according to co-founder and chief executive Andy Skipwith. Sales have grown 75% a year from £1.3m in 2007 to £6.9m in 2010 and this March the company received £3m of funding from Frog Capital to support future growth.
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