New career opportunities in wake of redundancy
Two young, local entrepreneurs have launched an online business following redundancy from the oil and gas industry and are on track to create a minimum of four job roles before the end of the year.
Claire Cargill, 24, from Ellon, and Syzmon Szymczyna, 27, originally from Poland but who came to Aberdeen 10 years ago, launched Job Price last week.
The online service is designed to connect contractors from across 80 sectors with consumers to provide a reliable and cost-efficient service for the region.
The idea for the business stemmed from co-founder Syzmon’s difficulty knowing how to find a tradesman to deal with an urgent household repair professionally and at a competitive price.
JobPrice.co.uk is designed to remove this problem by allowing local customers to place online details of the work they require to be carried out, including photographs if necessary, and contractors and tradesmen get the chance to bid on work 24/7.
The business has already seen more than 200 people sign up to the site and is aligned with the new Buy North East campaign launched last week in Aberdeen which aims to persuade businesses to spend more locally.
Claire Cargill, director and co-founder of Job Price, said: “Customers pay nothing to use the service with contractors paying a small monthly subscription fee. As the site grows and generates business for contractors and tradesmen, a feedback loop will help build performance profiles and assist consumers to make appropriate choices.
“We’ve already had great responses from both potential customers and local tradesmen and contractors who see our online service as both a simple solution to varying consumer problems and a new and welcome channel of employment for the region’s contractors, as well as eliminating rogue traders.
“Our vision for this next year is to roll JobPrice.co.uk out in a planned campaign right across the country starting here in the north-east.”
The website www.jobprice.co.uk is now live.