Hospitality jobs site inploi clinches £500,000 funding

Investment brings company's total funding to £1m and will be used to solidify its position in the sector

inploi, the hospitality jobs marketplace, has raised another £500,000 in funding, taking its total investment to £1m.

The capital came from existing shareholders, alongside Julia Ross, founder of international recruitment firm Ross Human Directions; Tim O’Connor, Pacific Espresso founder; and Bob Hamill, who sold his company AdminServer to Oracle in 2008.

Founded in 2015 by Matt de la Hey and Alex Hanson-Smith, inploi connects jobseekers with short and long term positions in the hospitality sector, using an artificial intelligence-driven algorithm.

The company claims to have seen 40 to 50% month-on-month growth and now has more than 10,000 users. Major London establishments including The Chiltern Firehouse, Fortnum & Mason, and LEON restaurants have used the platform.

The finance, which follows a £250,000 seed funding round in January this year, will be used to cement its position in the market.

Hanson-Smith commented: “We have an extensive product roadmap, designed in consultation with the industry, which the team are excited to implement. Recruitment in sectors with high staff turnover is beset with legacy technology and a poor user experience.

“New app-based start-ups have, at best, ported the same issues to mobile. The way candidates expect to access information and discover opportunities has changed – we’re giving our customers the tools to keep up.”

de la Hey added: “We’re grateful for the backing and support of our investors who believe in the team and our vision for inploi.

“We’re also proud to be working with companies who provide good places to work, who understand and support our mission, and who have been patient whilst we get off the ground. We’re now able to consolidate the progress made to date, accelerate our growth, and further deliver on our value proposition.”

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