A Yorkshire boxing champion turned businessman plans to beat others with his latest venture.
Within the ring, China Clarke was crowned English cruiserweight champion in a 16-man professional career in which he competed at both Wembley and Leeds arenas.
Outside the ring, however, he plans to knockout rogue dealers involved in property development and renovation – while showcasing the best of services the sector has to offer.
After five years in development, he started a company called Track My Renovation, designed and funded by Clarke himself, to disrupt existing craft directories. It will go live in Yorkshire before rolling out gradually in the US.
Clarke, who is from North Leeds, said: “Britain has become a renovation nation during the lockdown. Since the pandemic, homeowners have spent an average of £ 4,000 creating their perfect property.
“Whether it’s home offices, home gyms, or even home bars, this trend is likely to continue after the restrictions are lifted.
“Track My Renovation is an online platform that breaks new ground in technology to separate the good, honest, and ethical craftsmen from the bad and ugly.”
Traders can upload their personal work portfolio. Record the steps from start to finish. and share real-time before and after photos.
Your rating can be strengthened by meeting other criteria, such as: E.g. a driver’s license test via the gov.uk website to prove your identity. a copy of their liability insurance document demonstrating their professionalism; and uploading their trade qualification certificates.
“Tracking an order in such a proven way ensures that the customer has unmatched security with the trader found,” added Clarke.
“The trader has some recourse from customers who refuse to pay after a satisfactory job is completed on time and on budget, or when the customer poses obstacles after the job begins.”
For the past five years, Clarke has specialized in real estate, refurbishing over a hundred bathrooms and kitchens, completing home expansions, loft and basement conversions, while managing the maintenance of a Leeds landlord’s entire rental portfolio.
“That was when the lightbulb moment occurred and inspired me to change the home renovation sector forever,” he said.
“It’s fair to say I underestimated how hard it would be to work in the craft industry.
“With little to no experience, I was unable to evaluate the tasks I asked my craftsmen to do – in terms of the level of expertise required, if the right methods were used to do the job, and in terms of their overall productivity . Basically how quick and efficient they were.
“This is the problem homeowners have, and always will, unless they are in the trade themselves.
“Yes, you can find artisans on the many directory websites out there.
“While technology had advanced, it had never occurred to anyone that craftspeople have an online website community that manages their personal work portfolio.
“Based on the early feedback on various attempts, Track My Renovation brings a new dimension and I am confident that it will have positive effects for both the industry and customers.”