71. Powered Now

The administration app helping tradespeople get paid and look professional

Founders: Benjamin Dyer and Chris Barling
Founded: January 2012 (Launched in April 2013)
Website: www.powerednow.com

This is not the second, not even the third, but the fourth appearance for trade industry administration platform Powered Now in the Startups 100. We just can’t get enough of it.

Founded by Benjamin Dyer and Chris Barling, the app combines payments, scheduling, finance and document storage to help tradesmen such as builders and decorators provide a more professional and punctual service – in turn winning more work and getting paid quicker.

Since its last appearance, Powered Now has had a stellar 12 months, more than doubling the number of registered users and significantly increasing the number of paying subscribers, whilst launching a range of new features including a free version of its platform. At the same time the company has grown to a team of 12, opened a second office in Portsmouth, and is experiencing strong growth overseas – especially throughout the USA. This has partly been fuelled by a £574,770 crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, which closed last September.

For the future, the business has teased a partnership agreement with a FTSE company to help with distribution, but is unable to reveal who for now… A company that continues to innovate and grow, we look forward to really seeing Powered Now scale in the next year or so.

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