Investors pile into skip hire start-up Skrap

Skrap, a London-based proptech startup, has raised £1.2m seed funding as it sets out to transform how everything is hired in the construction industry by making it available on-demand. Skrap is building on its reputation as a ‘skip hire disruptor’ and will bring its digital innovation to other parts of the industry including concrete, portaloos, machinery and so much more.

The fundraise was led by Vanneck Investments, with participation from a host of entrepreneurs and angels investors including Charles Songhurst, Eamon Jubbawy (Onfido), Anil Stocker (MarketFinance), Paul Huntingdon (ARM), Adrian Beecroft, Dennis Stevenson, Peter Brodnicki (MAB), Jay Radia (Yieldify, Reachdesk), and James Hind (Carwow).

Founded in 2017, Skrap is a construction hire marketplace connecting construction businesses with on-demand skip and construction hire related services. The entire process is managed in a mobile app.

Hussain Hilli, co-founder at Skrap commented: “We’re thrilled to have some amazing investors on board and look forward to leaning on their expertise as we broaden the horizons for Skrap. Our team has huge ambitions to scale across the UK and globally. Having laid the foundations in Skip hire, we are fast expanding in all construction hire verticals. Skrap is making its mark in industry by introducing the first mobile app that makes it simple and convenient for construction companies to access resources they need.”

Skrap was founded with a vision of allowing SME Builders to order any construction hire service at the click of a button. Skrap’s team of 25 are building the world’s first app dedicated to automating construction hire. It has been trialled with hundreds of suppliers across London, Manchester and Birmingham to complete over 10,000 deliveries to thousands of construction companies – small and large – to take the hassle of waste management away from the already stressful construction experience.

Skrap’s strategic ambition is to automate the entire construction hire supply chain across major cities globally over the coming years. Founders Marwan Field, Hussain Hilli and Ahmed Rao came across the problem while running a construction business where logistics were unorganised and fragmented; prices were asymmetric, and the marketplace of suppliers and brokers were doing everything manually.

Hussain Hilli added: “The UK construction hire industry is a £20bn market, yet it is poorly served with services not fit-for-purpose in a digital age. Skrap is well positioned to bring innovative solutions to help transform the industry and make it one beacon of industry once again.”