‘Airbnb for off-site meeting spaces’ HeadBox launches with £1.2m funding

Start-up enables businesses to book "creative and inspiring" rooms across London and has a partnership with concierge group Quintessentially

The UK’s “first” online marketplace for off-site meeting spaces has launched today with £1.2m seed investment from a group of high-profile backers including Unilever board director Ralph Kruger, ex-Dyson CEO Martin McCourt, and former InterContinental Hotels CEO Andy Cosslett.

Anand Verma, former global president of IPG Media Brands and CEO of Brilliant Basics, also participated in the round.

Intended to make finding, booking and paying for “creative and inspiring off-site spaces really easy”, HeadBox enables those that have a space that is not being used at a certain time to rent it out to corporates and small and medium firms who could use space for a meeting, event, interview, product launch and so on.

It has initially launched with over 1,000 spaces across London and plans to add new spaces in London, as well as sites across the UK and international markets.

Quintessentially Lifestyle, the global concierge services group, has also been announced as the start-ups first official partner.

Andrew Needham, CEO and founder of HeadBox, commented on the launch:

“Our platform fills a real gap in the market for finding and booking creative, inspiring and off-site spaces. Our partnership with the Quintessentially Group is part of our vision to build a thriving ecosystem of third party services around the HeadBox platform that will help us make brilliant things happen in the space once it is booked.”

HeadBox investor and now chairman, Ralph Kugler, added:“By disrupting the traditional listing approach and being the first to create an online marketplace that cuts out the middle-man, HeadBox solves many of the real pain points when it comes to searching, booking and paying for spaces.”

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