75. Powered Now

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

Listed in last year’s Startups 100 and making our Startups Top 20 at the end of 2013, Powered Now’s founders have created a mobile finance app that recognises the reality of running a trades business – when you are constantly on-the-go in your van, it’s not always feasible to sit down and draw up invoices on a PC spreadsheet. Powered Now computerises cumbersome paperwork and red tape for tradespeople, allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand; it is clearly an attractive proposition and the start-up has grown from 300 registered users to more than 2,000 in the space of less than a year.

Currently in the process of closing an angel funding round and with projected revenue figures of more than £500,000 for 2014, the founding duo plan to continue their impressive growth. As a B2B proposition, the founders won’t be happy until Powered Now becomes a solution that “is a critical element of other peoples companies” so the next 12 months will see them continue to spread the word of Powered Now as a true “‘killer app” for tradespeople.

You can download the app at powerednow.com – and you can take a look at our guide to business phone contracts if you want to first check you’ve got the best mobile phone for your trades business!

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