Press Releases

Press releases

Young people show reluctance to pursue trade apprenticeships

February 2014 – The findings reveal that three-quarters of tradesmen believe the UK is undergoing a crisis in attracting young people into the trade industry, with 2 in 5 attributing this to the country’s focus on securing academic qualifications.


Builders PG-Tips revealed 

February 2014 – RatedPeople.com have undertaken some new research to discover the formula for making the perfect cup of builder’s brew. With over 40% of the tradesmen community knocking back an average of 3 – 4 cups of tea a day, they are the true brew experts.


RatedPeople.com announces closure of £6.5 million pre-IPO investment round

February 2014 – The UK’s leading online marketplace connecting homeowners with recommended local tradesmen, has announced that it has closed a £6.5 million pre-IPO investment round, advised by N+1 Singer. The round comprises of £5.5m of new equity investment co-led by existing investor Frog Capital (“Frog”); along with £1m of venture debt from Silicon Valley-based Western Technology Investment (“WTI”). In conjunction with the pre-IPO investment round, the company has also announced the appointment of Keith Roberts to the board as Senior Non-Executive Director.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – January 2014

January 2014-  For January 2014 the Home Improvement Index was up 6% versus previous January 2013, as a result of the large storms that continued to hit the UK post Christmas. The Project Budgets showed their usual spike in January as big projects are undertaken in the New Year.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – December 2013

December 2013 – The Home Improvement Index was up 63% compared to December 2012, as a result of the series of large storms that hit the UK over the Christmas period. The Project Budgets continued their decline, however the budget should show a seasonal rise in the new year.


News Alert: Home Improvement Index – November 2013 – Demand is up but spending is down 9%

November 2013 – The UK’s home improvement budgets are down by 9% from last year, according to analysis from RatedPeople.com. However, far from abandoning home improvement projects, the online trade recommendation service found that homeowner demand has increased, with 50% more enquiries for home improvement since 2012. This suggests that cash-strapped homeowners are focused on making the changes they want in the most cost-effective way possible.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – November 2013

November 2013 – The impact of the storm that hit the south of the UK in October subsided, leading the Home Improvement Project Index to soften slightly. However, it was still up by 49% versus November 2012. Project Budgets continued to decline as predicted.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – October 2013

October 2013 – The Home Improvement Index was up 52% versus October 2012 and was particularly strong as a result of the St Jude storm. Although the Project Budgets continued to decline, prediction are that we’ll see a slight rise in November, due to storm related damage repairs.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – September 2013 

September 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. In September, the Home Improvement Project Index was up 50% versus September 2012. The third quarter of 2013 has seen a substantial growth in people undertaking home improvements as well as emergency repair projects, compared to Q3 2012.


Trust in thy neighbour – but not with your spare key

September 2013 – A fear of neighbours and what they might do to our homes means that more than half (52%) of Brits would be concerned about leaving a spare key with next door as protection should they be locked out. An impressive 80% of homeowners admit that they believe it used to be easier to trust your neighbours.


Britain’s Infestation Crisis: 8.2 Million Homes Plagued by Mice

August 2013 – 71% of British homes are plagued by pests, with 1 in 10 of these homeowners choosing ignore the problem in the hope it will resolve itself. As many as 8.2 million homes have a problem with mice, and 6.9 million homes have issues with wasps. In total, 18.7 million UK households suffer from a pest problem.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – August 2013

August 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. In August, the Home Improvement Project Index was up by 38% versus August 2012. Homeowners completed a few higher value projects than usual, such as boiler replacements and roofing work.


Don’t forget your green friends this summer

July 2013 – Expert advice for your garden during the heatwave from gardener and Ratedpeople.com ambassador Toby Buckland. Temperatures are soaring around Britain and could last as long as two months, with experts predicting it may well end up beating the scorching summer of 1976 for maximum temperatures and longevity.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – July 2013

July 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. In July, the Index was up 33% compared to August 2012, reaching an all time high of 411. Gardening work and other weather-dependent projects were particularly strong.


Brits waiting 6 months to patch-up plumbing problems

June 2013 – Homeowners are waiting an average of six months to fix a leak in their homes with many waiting over a year, research by RatedPeople.com has found, with  40% of homeowners claiming that their property suffered extensive damage before they realised the severity of problems caused by a seemingly minor leak.


Brits hoarding habits revealed

June 2013 - Britain is a country of collectors, research from RatedPeople.com has found, as some 73% of Brits admit to having a miscellaneous “junk” drawer in their home, with a further 35% admitting to needing a “junk” cupboard in which to hold their knick-knacks.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – June 2013

June 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. In June, the Home Improvement Project Budgets continued their steady decline of 9% year on year, however the Project Index finished up 34% versus June 2012.


A tool order: RatedPeople.com host Post-Apprenticeship Programme to inspire new tradesmen generation

May 2013 - RatedApprenticeships.com, a new scheme devised by tradesmen recommendation service, RatedPeople.com, is launching the first of its Post Apprenticeship Programme events, a day of experience building that goes far beyond standard college tutorials. This ‘tricks of the trade’ event, hosted by RatedPeople.com, and including presentations from Simply Business and Screwfix, will shine a torch on the key skills apprentices need to get ahead of industry competitors and become successful tradesmen


All aboard: RatedPeople.com supports the Mayor of London’s inaugural Pocket Park initiative The Edible Bus Stop

May 2013 - The tradesmen recommendation service RatedPeople.com is rolling out its third sponsorship of the year, aimed at sponsoring and improving local communities. The recipient of the sponsorship, The Edible Bus Stop, a community garden in south London, has received the funding because of its commitment to enhancing the communal spaces in the neighbourhood.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – May 2013

May 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. In May, the Project Index was up 63% versus May 2012, and down 3% compared to April 2013.


Tradesmen confessions reveal home improvement “emergencies”

April 2013 – A home emergency might bring to mind images of burst pipes or a broken window, but research from RatedPeople.com has found that at least once a month 37 per cent of tradesmen find themselves called out for far more unusual “emergencies”.


How many teenagers does it take to change a light bulb?

April 2013 - Young adults in Britain lack confidence with even the most simple of DIY tasks. In fact, an alarming 5 per cent of 16-25 year olds said they would not be confident undertaking any jobs around the home, from changing the light bulb to putting up a shelf.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – April 2013

April 2013 – The Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. For April, the Project Budgets accelerated their year on year decline to 12%. The Project Index, on the other hand, was up 74% compared to April 2012.


iZettle UK Joins Forces With RatedPeople.com To Provide Tradesmen With Mobile Payment Option

March 2013 – RatedPeople.com, the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service, today announces its collaboration with mobile payments provider iZettle [...] to enable users to securely accept card payments on the go via their smartphone or tablet device.


Young People In The Dark About Apprenticeships

March 2013 – Research into the views of 16-25 year olds revealed that: only 19% believe an apprenticeship will lead to a well-respected and well-paid career. RatedPeople.com believe more needs to be done to change historic attitudes towards apprenticeships and have launched RatedApprenticeships.com


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – March 2013

March 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. For March, the Project Index was up 53% compared to March 2012, while the Project Budgets declined 4% year on year. Q1 2013 was up 39% versus Q1 2012.


Brits Invest In New ‘Houselift’ Trend

February 2013 - House proud Brits are not delaying renovations – or ‘Houselifts’ – on their homes despite the UK recession. RatedPeople.com’s research reveals that most of the renovations taking place are solely cosmetic (79%), in an attempt to uplift and revitalise our properties.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – February 2013

February 2013 – The Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. The Project Index achieved a 30% increase in February, whereas the Project Budgets declined to 3% year on year. Historically, January is the month where budgets peak, after which they decline throughout the year.


RatedPeople.com Secures $3.25m in Funding From Western Technology Investment

January 2013 – An investment of $3.25m from leading venture investor, Western Technology Investment (WTI) will support the company’s brand building activities in the UK, with a major marketing campaign kicking off in H1 2013.


The Rated People Home Improvement Index – January 2013

January 2013 – The Rated People Home Improvement Index is published on a monthly basis and shows the fluctuations within the home improvement industry. In January, The Project Index reached an all time high of 408. The Index jumped 36% versus January 2012 and was up 136% month on month. The Project Budgets were up by 39% compared to December 2012, however declined 2% year on year.


The Lost Art of the Builder’s Brew

December 2012 – Research from RatedPeople.com reveals Generation Y are failing common courtesies.


Ratedpeople.com Launches Find a Tradesman AppRatedPeople.com’s

October 2012 – Find a Tradesman app enables users to easily locate job-specific tradesmen instantly through their mobile phones. Available on both Android and Apple platforms.


RatedPeople.com Announces Appointment of Chris Havemann as New CEO

October 2012 – RatedPeople.com the UK’s leading online service helping homeowners find reputable tradesmen, is gearing up for further growth with the appointment of Chris Havemann as its new Chief Executive Officer.


4 million Brits lose a day to flat pack furniture building

September 2012 – RatedPeople.com added new flat pack furniture assembly category due to demand from almost half of British adults who are not able to build flat-pack furniture.


Landlords losing out on rental income

August 2012 – Landlords are overlooking simple improvements that could make a significant difference to the rental value of their property.


One in 10 Brits have lived with a NERD for over 5 years

August 2012 – An unfinished home improvement project or ‘NERD’ (Never Ending Renovation Drama) causes arguments in over a quarter of British families.


RatedPeople.com supports Southwark Children’s Brass Band

July 2012 – Southwark Children’s Brass Band is the first band to be sponsored as part of RatedPeople.com’s national community sponsorship program.


Homeowners dip into their savings for home improvements and renovations

June 2012 – Latest data from RatedPeople.com identifies trends in home improvement


Gardens the new frontline in the battle for social status

May 2012 – More than half of Brits judge their neighbours on the state of their garden


The green grass of home: London gardens the new frontline in the battle for social status

May 2012 – Two thirds of Londoners judge their neighbours on the state of their garden


43% of people will break hosepipe ban this summer

May 2012 – Research from online trade recommendation service, RatedPeople.com, has found that almost half of Brits will break the hosepipe ban this summer.


RatedPeople.com sponsors local swimming club, Berkhamsted Sports Centre Swimming Club (BSCSC)

May 2012 – Hertfordshire’s Berkhamsted Sports Centre Swimming Club (BSCSC) is the first team to be sponsored by RatedPeople.com’s national community swim sponsorship program.


Can he fix it? Lord Sugar can!

April 2012 – However, he’ll have a job on his hands as RatedPeople.com research shows that 56% of DIY jobs will go wrong this Easter


Politicians named UK’s least trusted profession

April 2012 – Ratedpeople.com’s research found out that bad manners are most likely to cause mistrust


RatedPeople.com appoints Diffusion for brand awareness campaign

April 2012 – Online trade recommendation service, RatedPeople.com, names Diffusion as retained agency for creative, brand awareness campaign


1 in 6 homeowners not satisfied with room sizes

February 2012 – Jonnie Irwin encourages Brits to improve, not move as Brits turn their backs on new builds


Should you move or improve?

February 2012 – Brits could save as much as £56,122 by improving rather than moving


RatedPeople.com Unveils New Look And First Ever TV Ad

September 2011 – The 30 second commercial, which also reveals a brand new logo for the business, explains the simple process for finding quality, proven, and highly regarded tradesmen in your local area. The ad can be viewed here