A businessman from Kirkburton has certainly got something to be ‘appy about.

A smartphone app he developed to rate restaurants and shops has been listed as one of the top ten of 2015.

David Kingdom, along with friend David Holroyd, dreamt up InstaSnitch after a lacklustre dining experience involving poor service, and since then the app has gone down a storm.

InstaSnitch, which is the app alternative to TripAdvisor, is designed so people worldwide can leave feedback on customer service on virtually anything - from diners to doctors’ surgeries.

(Left to right) David Holroyd and David Kingdom, who have developed InstaSnitch
(Left to right) David Holroyd and David Kingdom, who have developed InstaSnitch

InstaSnitch works with GPS to bring up different establishments where its user may be, and allows you to rate customer service there in a simple 30 seconds.

The app has been listed by the Manchester Evening News as one of the top ten of the past year.

David Kingdom, 60, who previously lived in Kirkburton and now lives near Bawtry, Doncaster, said: “It’s designed to be as easy as possible.

“We’re hoping to expand it to make it more sophisticated.

“The great thing is you can review anything, not just restaurants but doctors’ and lawyers’ offices too.”

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The app, which currently has about 800 users, was developed with Huddersfield software company Control F1 Ltd.

David is a former partner of local architectural firm AHR and runs the app with business associate David Holroyd, 51, from Wakefield.

He added: “We were delighted to see the app had made the MEN’s top ten, as it is still in early days.

“We’re really trying to push it now and get the word out there.

“The idea is to be a whistleblower for customer services everywhere, that can be both a good and a bad thing.”