Scottish start-up set for £1m turnover in first 6 months

SCOTLAND’S first all-trades national emergency repairs company is on track to record a turnover of £1million in its first six months of trading.

Emergency Repair has 2000 emergency engineers on call at all times from its base in Edinburgh.

Covering the whole of the country, all UK postcodes have a guaranteed two-hour response time.

Richard O'Donnell
Managing director Richard O’Donnell also runs fire and flood restoration specialists Insurepair.

Domestic and commercial customers can enter their postcodes online and the firm checks the availability of local emergency trade professionals.

They then pre-pay for Emergency Repair to make their properties safe, and if that time window is missed, they get their money back.

The model has proved popular with business extremely brisk since launching last August, with more than 4000 requests for rapid assistance having been lodged.

Glasgow and Edinburgh lead the way with the most emergency call-outs, followed by London and then Fife.

Managing director Richard O’Donnell said: “I like to look upon it as a local service with national reach and it feels good to be able to help people in their hour of need.

“The first six months or so since we launched have been a whirlwind but we never stand still.

“We are already looking ahead and formulating further growth plans for the future development of the business which will be rolled out in due course.

“When an emergency arises, it can be a very distressing time so it’s important to be able to get to the job as quickly as possible to make properties problem safe and secure.”