A Lancashire tech company which secured over £200k investment last year has launched their window cleaning tech to 25,000 households in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The Patch App will make it easier for tens of thousands of people to find, book and manage their window cleaner.
Their aim is to bring window cleaning and other home maintenance into the 21st Century. The Colne based business aims to revolutionise the market, making instant book and convenience the default. The industry currently relies on consumers working hard to make bookings and having to go out of their way to make payment.
The tech company was co-founded by Paul White, who’s idea brought the milk delivery round into the 21st century with Modern Milkman, which he exited in late 2020; and Lancashire Innovation Challenge winner, 24-year-old Conor Walsh.
The company was valued at £1m at their investment raise and has also secured Government funding. It aims to serve 100,000 households across Yorkshire and the North West by March, before heading for a national rollout using a data-led approach. They are already looking at oversees markets.
They view App-bases subscription window cleaning as the first step on their journey to revolutionising the market, with another fundraise expected to take the business across the UK following their earlier, oversubscribed raise.
“We’ve worked really hard, with a relatively small but very talented team to get to market, in a short space of time,” said White.
“We knew what we wanted to achieve. Convenience is King, and it’s time to revolutionise another industry that hasn’t caught up with the modern day yet. This idea has been in my head for quite a while and when we did our Market Research, we just knew it was a runner. Our early stage, on-the-ground tests have backed that up”.
“We’re building a subscription model, where customers can then add any number of additional, one-off services to their order too”.
Walsh added “Our research shows that two-fifths of the UK don’t have a window cleaner, but would if they could book, pay and manage that process using tech. People don’t want to be scratching around for cash when there’s a knock at the door, or having to bank transfer money,” explained Walsh.
“We are relentlessly focussed on meeting the needs of consumers, and our team are very experienced in doing that. Our platform and commitment to the customer will allow us to capitalise on the shift to convenience.
PatchApp can be viewed at www.patchapp.uk and is available for IOS and Android by searching Patch App UK.