Hire Space debuts in Manchester

Venue finding start-up Hire Space has launched in Manchester today (10 September).

Manchester Town Hall: one of the venues showcased as part of Hire Space's launch
Manchester Town Hall: one of the venues showcased as part of Hire Space's launch

The website allows users to discover and book unique city spaces for events, meetings and conferences. Venues involved in the launch include Bridgewater Hall, Gorton Monastery and Manchester Town Hall. 

The website currently serves as a marketing platform for 1,200 London venues, including Westminster Abbey, the Copper Box Arena and the Southbank Centre. It has processed more than £17m worth of enquiries since its launch in April 2013. 

The company is backed by the founders of TopTable.com, which sold to OpenTable in 2010 for $55m (£34.2m). 

Edward Poland, Hire Space co-founder, said: "Today is incredibly exciting for Hire Space, and we hope to do the many wonderful venues of Manchester proud. There was never any doubt that the city would be the next place on our journey."

Hire Space started as a way to drive revenue in schools and other public sector spaces, and is now used by leading businesses and the public to find unusual venues for events, product launches, conferencing and promotional activities. Its clients include Google, Topshop, JP Morgan and the BBC. 

Karen Hanton, former founder of Toptable and one of the website's backers, said: "Hire Space is going from strength to strength and extending their fantastic space finding services to Manchester is an obvious next move."

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