London-based entrepreneur Knut Gaskjenn has launched a booking platform designed to match what he says is an increasing number of vacant meeting spaces with demand from meeting planners and PAs. Gaskjenn claims using the free service could save bookers an average of five hours per booking.
With an offer of price parity, which includes virtual show rounds, Spacily claims it is bridging the supply of unused meeting rooms with the demand of mobile professionals.
Gaskjenn claims that the 2016 AMEX Meetings & Events Report shows high-end and luxury venues have suffered over the last four years, with more competitive prices from other venues, with difficulties processing prepayments and a lack of data transparency.
“The London meetings and venue market has been struggling for a very long time – since the recession,” says Gaskjenn. “We wanted to come up with a solution that helped venues to grow by unlocking underutilised spaces to combat the changes that are happening as a result of the uptake of virtual meetings.
“At the same time, we wanted to introduce simplicity to a time-consuming selection process for users.”
Spacily represents a £250,000 investment to date, with more funding planned through a seed round. It launches with a collection of 300 hotels, private members’ clubs and business centres with meeting rooms listed on its website and claims 800 more spaces in its inventory pipeline.