Mobile phone network Giffgaff & # 39; Gaffer & # 39; has been poached to run the website for specialist dealers Checkatrade
- The owner of Checkatrade has hired O2 high-flier Mike Fairman
- Richard Harpin says he wants to turn his office into a multir billion technological giant
- The network of traders from Checkatrade has grown to 29,000 in the first year
Neil Craven, financial post on Sunday
The owner of Checkatrade has hired O2 high-flier Mike Fairman
The owner of Checkatrade has hired O2 high-flier Mike Fairman to run the website that brings home owners into contact with professionals.
Richard Harpin, founder of the home insurance company HomeServe, told the MoS last week that he wants to turn his office into a billion-dollar global technology giant.
He has now tried Fairman – that himself & # 39; the Gaffer & # 39; – from the mobile phone network Giffgaff, which uses the O2 network and is owned by O2 parent Telefonica. The appointment could be announced this week.
HomeServe has expanded the network of traders of Checkatrade in the first year to 6,000 traders up to 29,000.
But Harpin, worth £ 460 million, said he wants to expand that to 200,000 – roughly half the number of professionals in the UK.
He said last week that he wanted his company to become a British version of the American digital giants Booking.com – worth more than £ 77 billion – Airbnb or TripAdvisor.
Harpin has collided with traders about costs of using Checkatrade.
But since then he has offered concessions and has insisted that he intends to share in the success of the site.