35. Plentific

The online service connecting homeowners and buyers with qualified trade professionals

Founders: Cem Savas and Emre Kazan
Founded: November 2013 (Launched March 2014)
Website: www.plentific.com

Plentific is a free online service that allows homeowners and homebuyers to find and connect with trade home improvement, maintenance and repair professionals including everyone from architects, builders, electricians, and locksmiths.

With shared backgrounds in investment banking and property, Cem Savas and Emre Kazan had overseen the development of 30 properties in London, going through the process of buying and renovating and using a number of professional services in the process. Fed up with the lack of technology in the sector they started Plentific to help tradespeople build an online presence and showcase themselves to consumers.

The site takes a commission when a job is booked through the platform, with premium membership and advertising opportunities also available. In the UK alone, Plentific has more than 75,000 businesses in its network across 55 categories and 700 services, and with the site powering the Find a Pro section on Zoopla and Primelocation, professionals listed can build up an online presence that can potentially attract 50 million page views.

Over the next 12 months, the London-based business plans to expand into new countries around the world by integrating with strategic partners and roll out new features including a payments gateway allowing professionals and customers to quote and pay through the dashboard.

Helping both trade professionals and consumers get a better deal, Plentific is one to watch.

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