Help is on the way for plumbing and HVAC businesses around the UK with the launch of innovative tech trades services company, Trade Chimp.

The emergence of Hull-based Trade Chimp will bring much needed operational and administrative support to trades people and small trades businesses, including plumbers and HVAC engineers with up to 10 staff.

Simple to use, the Trade Chimp user-friendly job management software package can be downloaded as an app on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop, and is accessible 24/7 from any internet-enabled device.

Trade Chimp Managing Director, Sam Overment said: “Trade Chimp is, quite simply, all about helping trades people across the country to fully develop the potential of their businesses.

“Having run my own small trades business, I know first-hand how much time and energy can go into quoting for work, sourcing suppliers and parts and tools, let alone completing the work.”

The software and user-friendly app, designed by Arc Studios at Hull’s digital centre, C4DI, could reduce trades’ companies’ dependence on paper time sheets, diaries, and spreadsheets, and help deal with payroll and invoices.

Equally importantly, Trade Chimp aims to empower tradespeople with access to the massive wealth of data about their suppliers, jobs, and customers through an easy-to-read monthly Business Intelligence report.

“Data is a massively underutilised resource,” added Mr. Overment, “and hidden away in companies’ invoices, receipts, and timesheets is the key to being efficient. The monthly Business Intelligence reports will show quite clearly where profits are coming from, which workers are the most valuable to the business, and which jobs aren’t working.”

Trade Chimp will then summarise all the information needed to raise an invoice: such as materials used, hours spent on the job, and any supplier invoices – all presented as an easy, printable PDF report. Trade Chimp functions alongside any existing accounting software, or there is a Trade Chimp ‘Excel All Data’ function to provide accounting data.