Property search tool Harness lands £3m in equity seed funding
Online search portal for commercial office, retail, industrial and leisure space launches today on back of investment
Harness Property Intelligence, the commercial property search portal, has launched today after securing £3m in equity seed funding from undisclosed investors.
Founded this year, Harness enables commercial agents and surveyors, as well as businesses and investors, to search an up-to-date database of available commercial property in the UK, including serviced offices, retail space, industrial buildings, leisure and land.
The company claims its platform helps its users to “reach decision points more effectively”, using data science and data sourcing to provide “better quality user enquiries and search insights”.
Ben Mein, co-founder and CEO of Harness, previously worked as head of digital strategy at News UK, commercial director at The Nielsen Company and Telefonica Digital UK, and CEO of real-time sales intelligence platform Companybook.
He is supported by chief technology officer (CTO) Chris Noden, who has held positions at Gamesko, MOFILM and Monstermob; alongside chief data officer Dr. lee Mollins, who was formerly data and analysis director at Hometrack, as well as a number of other global technology businesses.
Mein commented: “Commercial agents and surveyors are under increasing pressure today to demonstrate their value, particularly in context to fending off technology companies openly purporting to remove them from the deal cycle.
“This industry is complex and very much driven by people, and respecting and enhancing commercial agents and surveyors’ relationships with their own clients is at the core of everything we do.
“Using our advanced platform in conjunction with other like-minded partners will enable them to remain the authority and guide in every commercial property transaction.”