On the up Fred Heritage · 29 January 2016
iMend: The call-out mobile repair service sweeping the nation
Serial entrepreneur Keir McConomy has created several internet-based businesses since he first launched an online marketing company from his spare bedroom in 2002. His latest venture, iMend, aims to be the UK’s number one call-out mobile phone repair service. Business Advice caught up with McConomy to find out more. (1) Who are you and what is your business? Im Keir McConomy, co-founder of nationwide call-out mobile phone repair service iMend. I launched the business in October 2014 as the first UK company offering this kind of service, and Im proud to say that we still hold the title. If someone breaks their phone in any way, our technicians will come anywhere in the UK to repair it. (2) Explain how the service works. What do you offer users that other similar services can’t? As the first UK-wide call-out mobile repair firm, our customers love the convenience of our service. The vast majority of repairs are done on site but some need specialist equipment, so in some instances we offer a postal service. We are very competitive on price, and always look to benchmark the rest of the market. What sets us apart most is the speed at which we can repair phones 85 per cent of repairs are done on the same day customers call us out. With mobile phone repair services, there tends to be two distinct camps: in-warranty repairs and out-of-warranty repairs. Most manufacturers have contracts with approved repair centers to manage repairs of phones that are in-warranty, but most warranties don’t cover accidental damage that’s where we come in. All our work is with out-of-warranty phone repairs. Accidental damages are the most common jobs for our technicians: smashed screens and water damage, for instance. (3) What inspired you to create iMend? The options already out there for customers were expensive and inefficient. Previously, people’s two options were to go into a mobile phone shop to wait for an expensive repair or post their phone to a repair service, which often takes seven days or longer an unattractive option for many phone users. I set out to create a better service. I have a background in starting up internet-based businesses and have always been interested in computer programming and web development, so it was an easy fit. (4) How’s the service been received so far? Feedback from customers has been brilliant and weve received thousands of reviews that rate us very highly. From a standing start in 2014 we now repair between two to three thousand phones a month, the combined value of which amounts to roughly 200, 000. We have recruited over 200 self-employed technicians nationwide. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that only the most highly rated technicians get called out to customers.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.