Both Amazon and Google ventured into the on-demand home services market last year, signalling the size of opportunity available. But Bizzby was one step ahead, launching in London in January 2014 with an app enabling consumers to find and book trusted service professionals – from cleaners and plumbers to personal trainers – on demand and in advance.

The app allows people to quickly tap and book, using software that curates and manages the supply of services with algorithmic matching based on multiple data points. Providers are fully vetted and interviewed beforehand, and customers are charged on a per-minute basis.

The company was co-founded by entrepreneur Rohan Sinclair Luvaglio (pictured) – also founder and CEO of technology brand Luvaglio – Michael Camilleri-Ferrante and Howard Lewis.

Bizzby raised $10m (£7m) from a US investment fund three months after its launch and is growing at 20% month-on-month, with a user base of more than 250,000 and 50,000 partners.