B&Q owner Kingfisher is to start a household advancement organization in the British isles to support prospects resolve Diy disasters or carry out much more complicated work after a increase in income this calendar year.

The company has bought NeedHelp, an on the web system connecting tradespeople with homes for responsibilities this kind of as kitchen installation, portray, flooring or bathroom renovation, for €10m (£8.9m).

The retailer already has a relationship with the company in France as a result of its Castorama and Brico Depot merchants, but it is the 1st time the company will be offered to prospects in the British isles.

There previously are a handful of identical rival apps this kind of as TaskRabbit.

Kingfisher mentioned the acquisition was “an significant action ahead” as it attempts to be much more agile and focused on consumer expertise. It has been pushing forward with a new turnaround program under chief executive Thierry Garnier. 

He mentioned: “To serve prospects effectively now, we need to be much more electronic and company oriented, though leveraging our sturdy store assets.

“Online expert services marketplaces are crucial to the foreseeable future of household advancement retail and NeedHelp is an established and quickly-escalating player in this arena.