Hire Space, the venue finding start-up backed by Karen Hanton MBE, is set to launch in Liverpool and Birmingham on 9th February 2015.
The city is part of the next phase of the ambitious company’s wider UK rollout unfolding over the course of 2015.
The website currently serves as a marketing platform for 1,300 venues in London and 130 in Manchester. Its London venues include Westminster Abbey, the Copper Box Arena and the Southbank Centre. The website has processed over £18m worth of enquiries since its launch in April 2013.
Hire Space is backed by the founders of UK dotcom success story TopTable.com, which sold to OpenTable in 2010 for $55m.
Hire Space Co-founder Edward Poland said “Liverpool and Birmingham are brimming with unique, interesting venues – exactly the type our users love. The two cities are key steps on the road to full UK coverage for Hire Space and we can’t wait to get up and running.”
Hire Space started as a way to drive revenue in schools and other public sector spaces, and is now used by leading businesses and the public to find unusual venues for events, product launches, conferencing and promotional activities. Its clients include Google, Warner Bros, Topshop, JP Morgan and the BBC.
Liverpool venues already signed up to the platform include the Camp & Furnace, the Liver Building and Speke Hall. Birmingham venues include the Rainbow Venues, Hagley Hall and Spring Grove House. The website will have 60 live venues in each city at launch.