HeadBox, the start up that claims to be the only venue market place to allow guests to book and pay instantly as well as communicate directly with host venues via an instant messaging feature, has launched in Birmingham and Manchester, following its debut in London last October.
HeadBox to have 250 spaces across both cities on its platform, with Manchester venues including: People’s History Museum, TNQ and Albert Hall. Its Birmingham venues include: Council House Banqueting Suite, Ikon Gallery and Adam’s Restaurant. The company’s London client list includes L’Oreal, Google, Sky, Diageo and the BBC.
Having raised £1.2m in seed-funding, HeadBox’s board directors include: Martin McCourt, former CEO of Dyson and Aaron Simpson, Global CEO and co-founder of the Quintessentially Group. While one investor is Andy Cosslett, former CEO of InterContinental Hotels, and former chairman of the Rugby World Cup.
HeadBox says it now showcases 2,000 under-utilised spaces across the capital including coffee shops, art galleries, dance and yoga studios, theatres and bars and driven additional revenue to them.
HeadBox CEO and founder, Andrew Needham, says: “There is no-one like us in the UK”, adding that Birmingham and Manchester were both “bursting with a wide variety of quirky and creative spaces, so it was only natural we went there next. We are looking forward to disrupting the traditional listings approach and opening up the under-utilised, creative and unexpected off-site locations across these and other UK and global cities”.
Glee Club MD Mark Tughan, added: “We are so excited that HeadBox is coming up north. Being a comedy, music and special events club means we have certain hours of the day the space is not in use. After seeing HeadBox’s success in London, we couldn’t wait to be listed and be part of this inspiring community.”
The Headbox platform has featured in the influential 2016 Startups 100 list as featured in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Forbes.