Hire Space has grown to become the UK’s leading venue marketplace, with over 4000 venues and over 2 million web visitors. But how did it all begin?
The idea for Hire Space came about when Will was a secondary school teacher, and Ed was a political advisor. Will's school had recently been forced to turn to emergency funding, and Ed was campaigning to save recession-hit venues from closure.
They decided that a solution for both problems could be to help these struggling businesses to rent out their unused spaces to create extra revenue streams in order to keep them viable. So they raised £150,000 to start Hire Space. The first venues on the site were schools, community centres and church halls.##2013:
Hire Space was a brand-new concept at the time and gave venues on the site the means to market themselves effectively and to differentiate themselves from more mainstream event venues.
As a result, customers were attracted to the unusual venues on the website that they wouldn’t otherwise have found. It also started to draw some unusual enquiries, there was even one from the Russian Olympic pole-vaulting team looking for a very tall warehouse in which to practice.
Hire Space website launched
First bookings made
The site became synonymous with fresh, exciting venues and has developed into the go-to marketplace where all new venues go first, including iconic London landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, the Olympic Stadium and the Tate Modern.
15k enquiries processed and 1000th venue joins the platform
40 new venues joining each week
£1 million raised for expansion
Hire Space launches in Manchester.
2015 saw Hire Space raise over £1 million from angel investors and expand to <a href="http://www.eventmagazine.co.uk/hire-space-targets-liverpool-birmingham/event-suppliers/article/1336144"_blank">Liverpool and Birmingham.
£6m bookings confirmed via the platform, 40,000th happy customer
2 millionth web visitor
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Things all get very exciting. So far this year Hire Space has almost <a href="http://www.meetpie.com/Modules/NewsModule/newsdetails.aspx?newsid=21957"_blank">doubled in size to a 37-strong team and moved to a pretty awesome new office.
We were featured in The Times, nominated for "Market Disruptor" award alongside Carlsberg and M&S Food at Marketing Week Awards
and now, most importantly, we had our first successful crowdfunding round.
Our mission is to be the go-to venue marketplace in every major city in the world. This means:
- An even bigger team
Probably an even bigger office
Expansion overseas to key locations including Paris, New York and Hong Kong
Shaping the future of the events industry...