Blackbell Inc acquires PingLocker in the UK
JANUARY 16, 2020 – Blackbell Inc (“Blackbell”), a technology company providing a SaaS platform that integrates all processes to sell services, today announced the acquisition of PingLocker Limited, a London-based provider of on-demand concierge services to the real estate industry.
PingLocker has been for many years one of Blackbell’s leading software integration partners in Europe providing a property concierge platform allowing property owners and managers to provide additional amenities to residents, build a thriving community, enhance engagement & retention, drive efficiencies and generate additional ancillary revenue through its unique solutions.
By connecting PingLocker’s comprehensive operational knowledge, existing real estate clients and hundreds of service providers with Blackbell’s innovative business platform it will provide unrivalled expertise, smart tech and help real estate operators across the globe to deliver the most advanced and cost effective tenant experience and engagement platform.
Blackbell will retain PingLocker’s London office as a base of operations for broader solution expansion in those markets. Stephen Brady will become Director of Blackbell’s UK business and the intention is to augment the staff in London with sales, technical support and implementation specialists.
David Benjamin Brakha, Founder and CEO of Blackbell, said “The deal further adds to our international real estate expansion efforts to create marketplace of services connecting tenants to easily access local trusted service providers who are using our platform to run their businesses. We believe the demand for services from tenants will mirror what we see today with regards to deliveries of online orders, and our platform will manage everything as we continue to build the product with the knowledge acquired from PingLocker and it’s team”
Stephen Brady, Founder of PingLocker, said “I am thrilled to lead the UK team and we are very excited about the prospect of being able to provide even more products and services to both Build to Rent (PRS) and Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) property owners and operators in 2020. We see greater demand from tenants for additional amenities and services in the places they work or live, and new features planned from the end of this month will unlock more value and provide our clients with the tools they need to develop efficient, tenant-focused digital experiences.
Blackbell is a SaaS platform that integrates all processes to sell services.
Blackbell not only tackles the online booking aspect of the sale of a service, but everything required to run a service business, from A to Z: Visual content builder, Services management, Calendars, Online payment, Coupons, Sell via local marketplaces, Website and App, Translation editor, Reviews, Quotes, Customer database, Email campaign manager, Live chat, Orders manager, Workflows, Reporting.
With Blackbell Real Estate, they offer the ability to create marketplaces of services online for the real estate industry connecting tenants with local service providers through branded concierge platforms. They facilitate all transactions (including commissions) between the marketplace owner and the services providers via their respective Blackbell accounts.
For more information about the company, visit www.blackbell.com/realestate
PingLocker started in 2013 by developing white-label concierge apps using Blackbell software for student accommodations to help them better connect with their tenants. Building on the success of the student housing industry, PingLocker expanded its scope by enabling all kinds of property owners and managers to provide access to local service providers. PingLocker now serves property developers, Private Rented Sector (PRS) and Build-to-Rent housing, and serviced apartments as well as commercial workplaces and co-working spaces.
Today, thousands of people all over the UK and Europe use the platform in their building to order local services.
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