January 14, 2010 06:36 ET Raises GBP 220,000 for European Expansion

Childcare Experts FAB Raise GBP 220,000 and Hire Marketing Director

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - based in London, UK, has raised £220,000 to expand in to Europe in 2010. This is the second round of angel funding from New Zealand based PHC Group, with the group's investment now totaling £480,000. The money will be used to develop and launch European childcare services. launched in 2006 and is the e-baby of founders Tom Harrow and Vanessa Cook. The funding was secured following the re-launch of in July 2009, with the UK's first geo-coded database of local childcare candidates. The UK wide database is searchable using the latest mapping technology. The funding coincides with the hire of Marketing Director, Ben Ferrier, from PhotoBox, Europe's leading online photo printing service.

Co-Founder Tom Harrow comments "As a teen babysitter Vanessa envisioned a place on the web where childcarers could safely and conveniently find local families looking for their specific skills. Finally in 2006 this became a reality. At first we grew slowly and passionately. Now FAB helps thousands of families every week find their perfect Mary Poppins. Our success means we can now take this great and trusted service to Europe." is easy to use and enables family's to find their own childcare without the expense of an agency. Parents can quickly find and connect with child care candidates that live and work locally, including Babysitters, Nanny's, Au Pairs, Childminders, and Housekeepers.

Parents can search for candidates that meet specific requirements including a candidate's childcare experience, qualifications, availability and location. Parents simply post a childcare job and choose from a range of affordable price plans to contact their candidates. The FAB service also enables child care candidates to actively search and find local childcare work by inviting parents to view their FAB profile.


Founders Tom Harrow and Vanessa Cook launched in 2006. The FAB mission is to make the experience of searching for childcare as simple and as safe as possible for parents, childcare candidates, and childcare agencies. Vanessa started UK nanny agency Little Ones back in 2005 and continues to manage the Little Ones business as a new parent. Little Ones has grown to become the UK's leading agency specialising in bi-lingual nanny placements. Tom is a self taught web developer, project manager, and entrepreneur. Tom has delivered multi-million pound projects for companies including and Microsoft. The business is backed by New Zealand based PHC Group.

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