Looking to raise a total of £500,000, Hire Space is aiming to encourage a community of event professionals to help guide its future, and the future of the events industry. New shareholders will join Hire Space’s existing backers, made up of a group of angel investors that includes Karen Hanton MBE, founder of TopTable.
Edward Poland, COO and co-founder of Hire Space says: “The collaborative nature of crowdfunding lends itself perfectly to our mission. The most important part of this campaign to us is creating a community of like-minded professionals who want a stake in what we see as the future of events. The events industry is full of talented, creative individuals who have great ideas and vision and this process will allow us to connect more closely with our users and the industry as a whole.”
Glenn Mainwaring, Corporate Sales Manager at The Barbican says : “We love Hire Space at The Barbican, it’s very quickly become an indispensable marketing channel and it’s great to see it go from strength to strength.”
Robin Osmani, Owner at Gallery On The Corner added: “As a venue owner there’s no other marketing channel that showcases my venue to as many people or drives as much business, I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
Also open to the general public, money raised in the campaign will be used alongside the £750,000 raised in a recent fundraising round, to complete its UK expansion in the next year pilot the concept in key cities such as Paris, New York and Hong Kong and place the business in a position to expand globally.
Hire Space is an innovative, online platform that took the ‘sharing economy’ and applied it to a new industry; venue finding. It connects users looking to book anything from private birthday parties, to meetings and large corporate events, with venues across the UK. The concept has grown rapidly over the last three years and now lists over 4000 venues and over 100,000 visits each month.