Wayra graduate Buzzmove secures $650,000 seed funding from “smart-search” industry leaders

Backing of removals comparison service to support nationwide launch

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Removal services comparison site Buzzmove has closed a $650,000 seed round led by key angel investors and entrepreneurs including Tom Singh, founder of New Look, Michael and Simon Blakey of Avonmore Developments, Andrew Weizs of Lean Investments, and Justin Peters, CEO of Kabbee.

Recently graduated from Telefónica’s global tech start-up accelerator Wayra, Buzzmove says it “puts customers back in control” of their property move by enabling them to instantly compare certified movers and book online immediately.

Founded in October 2013 by Becky Downing, the comparison start-up has an exclusive partnership with the BAR (British Association of Removers) which means that every vendor listed on its platform has been vetted and validated.

It plans to use the round, which was also backed by Wayra, to help facilitate its national launch and develop additional industry partnerships and affiliate agreements.

The deal sees investor Simony Blakey appointed as Buzzmove’s investor director, with the intention that his expertise will “shape the growth of the business”.

Buzzmove CEO, Downing, said: “It has been an exciting year for Buzzmove, and we’ve seen significant development both in our technology and business partnerships thanks to our involvement in the Wayra programme.

“This funding comes at a perfect time as we launch nationwide and will enable us to bring on more vendors into the marketplace.”

Avonmore Development director, Blakey, continued:

“We believe Buzzmove is a company with huge potential: it has a win-win model, and strikes a perfect balance between providing removers with booked jobs, straight into their order books and offering consumers a series of tailored accurate quotes on how much it will cost for them to move with trusted and accredited removers.”

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