Helpling expands to Switzerland and secures funding from Tamedia AG
17th October 2018: Helpling, Middle East’s and Europe’s leading online marketplace for household services, is now also available in Switzerland. The company acquired the Swiss business Book a Tiger and received a seven-figure investment from Tamedia AG. This step strengthens Helpling’s position as Europe’s leading brand in the household services space.
As of today, Helpling.ch enables customers in Switzerland to find their perfect cleaner and to book cleaning services with just a few clicks. The service is available in twelve cities across Switzerland including Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, and Lausanne. Helpling is now active in 10 countries on three continents.
As part of the expansion, Helpling acquired the Swiss business from its former competitor Book a Tiger who decided to focus on B2B customers in Germany. The company already serves thousands of regular customers. Helpling and Tamedia AG, Switzerland's leading Media Group, see great potential in the Swiss market and will focus on the rapid expansion of the business. To support the envisaged growth, Tamedia AG has invested a seven-figure amount.
Benedikt Franke, Co-founder of Helpling: “We have acquired a well-established business and won a great local partner with Tamedia. Helpling has made great progress over the last years and we are looking ahead from a position of strength. Further expansion to more markets and additional services are on our roadmap. The expansion to Switzerland is the first step of that journey. We look forward to working with our Swiss customers and colleagues.”
Samuel Hügli, Member of the Board and Director Technology & Investments of Tamedia AG: “In Helpling we found the ideal partner to take over the business from Book a Tiger and to take it to the next level. The company is very successful in various markets and we will provide support and expertise for the market entry into Switzerland.”
Helpling was founded in 2014 and has helped hundreds of thousands of households find their perfect cleaner and has supported tens of thousands of service providers in their business. Customers can select their cleaner based on various criteria, such as experiences from other customers, ratings or price. Customers and cleaners both benefit from automatic invoicing, secure online payment, customer service and a insurance against damages.