80. Urban Massage
The platform offering ‘on-demand massages’ within an hour
Founders: Jack Tang and Giles Williams
Founded: February 2014
Health and beauty treatments have always been big business, and in today’s increasingly busy world, the thought of a relaxing massage is instantly appealing, but finding a reliable and reputable at home therapist can be difficult. Founders of Urban Massage Jack Tang and Giles Williams set out to disrupt this outdated industry and “bring massage into the on-demand world”.
Referring to itself as ‘the Uber of massage’, the website connects qualified therapists to clients in need at their home, hotel or office within an hour, using a complex booking system built on live availability and geographical tracking. The system also provides the therapist with an internal app that empowers them to develop their own management portal and offers the shortest possible travel route to their clients.
Founded just over a year ago, Urban Massage has already launched in its second city, Bristol, and is working with several of the UK’s top massage schools to provide training and career opportunities for its therapists. At just 23 and 24 respectively, Tang and Williams have already founded and grown thestudentjob.com, so they can approach their nationwide expansion plans and possible exploration of new verticals such as beauty, personal training and physiotherapy, with a well-earned confidence.