MyBuilder.com Makes Top Ten in Startups 100

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MyBuilder.com named as one of the UK's most innovative new companies

Our company has used many sites over the years with little or no luck in securing new work then we came across MyBuilder. We have cut our advertising by 95% by just using this site. Well done and keep up the good work.

MyBuilder.com ranks number six in this year's Startups 100, which identifies UK's most innovative, inspiring and groundbreaking new companies.

Stonemason Ryan Notz launched MyBuilder.com in May 2008 after winning tech start-up competition Seedcamp based on his prototype site set up a few years before. Like a dating agency for homeowners and tradespeople, MyBuilder.com matches the right homeowners with the right man for the job - be he a plumber, plasterer or electrician - with feedback at its core.

The site allows users to post jobs they need doing on their homes and buildings to a network of registered tradespeople who then offer quotes for the work. Centred on customer reviews, Ryan says the site brings accountability and trust to an industry plagued by its often-slighted reputation.

Once a homeowner has posted details of a job they want doing in their home - for instance a loft conversion - registered tradespeople on the site then tender quotes to carry out the work. The homeowner is able to make an informed decision about which builder to hire, based on the quote and the feedback from other consumers who have used the tradesman before.

The site has gained enormous traction since launching. Its revenue model, consisting of a subscription fee for the tradespeople as well as commission for all work gained through the site, has allowed the company's revenues to grow quickly and Ryan has already seen over 70,000 jobs posted on the site just this year. And tradesmen who actively use MyBuilder.com to find work are turning over £1.5M monthly in business they win through the site.

Startups 100, organised by startups.co.uk, one of the UK's most popular websites for small businesses, celebrates the 100 most exciting, promising, disruptive new businesses and entrepreneurs shaping the start-up market right now.

"We're incredibly proud to have MyBuilder.com on our list of the UK's most innovative and dynamic new businesses and look forward to watching its continued success," said Sara Rizk, editor, Startups.co.uk

In choosing the Startups 100, the team were looking for businesses and entrepreneurs that demonstrated:

  •     Innovation in concept or delivery
  •     Ability to disrupt existing market places
  •     Growth potential
  •     Strong management, bright thinkers
  •     Evidence of existing or future revenues

For more information or to see the full Startups 100 list please visit: http://www.startups.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

Media Contact for StartUps 100
For more information, or to interview any of the Startups100, please contact Ella Gascoigne on 01423 547278

Media Contact for MyBuilder.com
For more information on MyBuilder.com or to interview its founder Ryan Notz, please contact Rebecca Ladbury on 07941 224 975

About Ryan Notz
Ryan Notz is the founder and CEO of http://www.mybuilder.com. Ryan began his career as a stonemason in Southern France around the time of the first Internet start up boom. His experience as a tradesman gave him a unique perspective when he returned to the UK and decided to harness the technology of the Internet to bring tradesmen and homeowners together on MyBuilder.com, which he began in his garage. Raised in the USA, Ryan is now a fully paid member of the grumpy Brits society who loves bad weather and warm beer.

What people are saying about MyBuilder.com

Homeowners

"I am so glad I used this website. I think it's a fantastic idea. Good and trustworthy tradesmen are hard to find and this helps take away the risk and make sure the price is fair. Thank you!" Kam McKinley, 18 May 2010

"We're huge fans of MyBuilder, we can't praise you enough! You're head and shoulders above your competitors." Corrine Robinson, 30 Mar 2010

"I thought the site was superbly designed and really helpful. I got loads of interest in my job, and it was so useful to have all the profiles, photos, feedback and messages on one site." Vicki Harris, 17 Mar 2010

"This website is ace. I've been looking for various tradesman - where do you start? Now I know - right here! Very impressed by the responses and very prompt, which demonstrates the site is active. Well Done." Paul Halliday, 24 Mar 2010

"What a wonderful concept and easy to navigate website! My Builder has made it so easy to find good tradespeople to carry out the many varied jobs we have to do on our property. Thank you!" Debra Somner, 15 Mar 2010

"I am a landlord, living several hours' drive from my property. MyBuilder has removed so much of the hassle that comes with long-distance property maintenance. I will use your site for every job in the future." Russell How, 20 January 2010

See more testimonials here: http://www.mybuilder.com/page/testimonial

Tradesmen

"We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at MyBuilder for helping us to grow our business. We use other trade sites, but yours is by far the absolute best. From the very reasonable fee rate to the simplicity of the site. We can't recommend you enough." Neil Sillet, ncbuilders, 4 December 2009

"I would like to say I have had my busiest year ever since trading thanks to your site. You have put together a great site that works." Tim Cooper, 24 September 2009

"Our company has used many sites over the years with little or no luck in securing new work. Then we came across MyBuilder. We have cut our advertising by 95 per cent by just using this site. Well done, and keep up the good work." PJ Builders, 9 September 2009

"Just a brief note to thank you for all the work I have had from your site in recent months. It is a fantastic way to find jobs." Alan Mitchinson, 18 August 2009.

"Just a note to say what an excellent site and service. MyBuilder has helped us rebuild our business in such difficult times. Thank you." Gary Partridge, SecElec UK Ltd, 18 August 2009

"I am very sceptical about quoting online for jobs, but after conversing online with a customer and then completing the work without hassle, I can truly say I have changed my mind." J Dean, Clockwork Services, 10 August 2009

"Our company has used many sites over the years with little or no luck in securing new work then we came across MyBuilder. We have cut our advertising by 95% by just using this site. Well done and keep up the good work." P J Builders

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