Service Business of the Year 2016: Meet the finalists
This award is for exceptional new businesses operating in the service industry, so who are the contenders?
Clearabee is an on demand rubbish and recycling collection service that allows customers enquire a price estimation, after which a tracked truck is sent out to assess the job and confirm a price – with no commitments beforehand. With multi-million revenues, the start-up has scaled rapidly and employee headcount to 60.
Founded by 2014 Apprentice winner Mark Wright, digital marketing agency Climb Online provides consumers with SEO services, pay-per-click, social media advertising and web design. The business’ early success enabled Wright to repay Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment after just nine months. Now, in just its second year of trading, Climb Online expects to double turnover in 2017.
Founded by Avin Rabheru, Housekeep is the online booking platform for professional home cleaners. Along with secure key collection, tracking and a £2m insurance policy, the company ensures the same cleaner is sent every time to your home to ensure a regular and reliable service.
Connecting UK small businesses with lawyers, Lexoo was founded by international lawyer Daniel van Binsbergen and web expert and Chris O-Sullivan. To date, over 6,000 businesses – mostly start-ups – have used the service and investors have given their backing; with £1.1m funding raised to date.
A digital product studio ran by a team of ‘A-list’ ex-game developers, Play Consulting operates on a consultancy basis and has his own internal IP division. Both divisions focus on projects that help people “achieve their goals and live happier, more successful lives”. The business is already “hugely profitable” with revenues having grown by 149% year-on-year with no outside investment.
An e-commerce platform, Rare Pink allows consumers to commission custom rings from a team of hand-selected global designers – with all diamonds ethically sourced and GIA certified. Last year, the start-up achieved seven-figure sales and shipped more than 600 products worldwide.