Manchester graduate business backed by former Mail Online boss

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13 May 2014

A graduate of the respected Masters Degree in Enterprise at The University of Manchester, Andrew Jervis, has been backed by former Managing Director of Mail Online and Director of AutoTrader James Bromley

Andy with co-founder Felix Kenton

The five figure sum – which has also had a contribution from Imperial Innovations will be invested in his car repair market place start up, ClickMechanic

After Andrew graduated in 2012, he focused his dissertation at looking at opportunities in the car repair industry.

He then went on to London based tech accelerator, Entrepreneur First where he started ClickMechanic.

The investment marks a big landmark for the startup that has seen solid growth through 2013 and the early part of 2014.

The entrepreneur, who has also created an urban student fashion brand called PieBoy Clothing which now supplies a number of universities, was invited to Ten Downing Street in 2012 along with other top young business people from around the UK.

The event was to officially launch Entrepreneur First, an accelerated technology start up programme which recruited a small group of young entrepreneurs from across the country.

Andrew said “The team have put so much into ClickMechanic over the past 12 months and to be able to get this type of validation for what we are doing is fantastic.

“We have some really exciting and ambitious plans in the pipelines.

"Currently we’re growing at about 40% month on month and this is something we want to maintain.

"The summer may see us re-capitalise if required or if we can bootstrap at a rate we are happy with, we shall”.

You can stay up to speed with the progress at ClickMechanic by visiting their website:

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