Alex Depledge, Tom Nimmo and Jules Coleman: Hassle
The fast-growing marketplace connecting time-poor residents to a network of vetted cleaners
Alex Depledge, Tom Nimmo and Jules Coleman, 33, 30 and 28
Although Alex Depledge, Tom Nimmo and Jules Coleman’s start-up Hassle (originally named Teddle) is one of a number of companies which allow people to book trusted cleaners online, it has outstripped almost all its nascent competitors to become a leader in the space, with impressive revenues and hundreds of clients. The trio’s business works on a smart revenue model which sees it take £1 out of every hour of cleaning charged at £10 per hour, also charging a £15 finders’ fee when one of its cohort of vetted cleaners is connected with a regular customer.
With the cleaning market worth more than £4bn, Hassle has enormous potential for further growth, and it is in prime position to expand rapidly into other major UK cities and internationally after Accel Partners backed the business with $6m Series A funding in May of this year. The Startups 100-listed company expects to grow revenues by more than 20 times in 2014 as the trio mark a landmark year for Hassle.
After growing to 45 employees and expanding across the UK and into two European cities, Hassle was acquired by Berlin-based competitor Helping for €32m in July 2015 to help it expand even further across the continent. Hassle has continued to operate under its brand name with Depledge, Coleman and Nimmo taking on roles as ‘global co-founder’. In November last year, Hassle was amongst 58 fast-growth UK chosen to join Sherry Couto’s ‘Scale Up Club’ – an index of the companies which could hit £100m in revenue in the next three to five years. Both Depledge and Nimmo received MBEs in the Queens’s 90th Birthday Honours for their services to the sharing economy.