Boats, Basements, Rooftops & Warehouses….oh my!

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to be invited to an amazing venue showcase and networking event in Chelsea – organised by Hire Space (www.hirespace.com), who I’d like to introduce you to.

Hire Space have made a real name for themselves here in London by helping busy PAs and event bookers find and book memorable and exciting event spaces. They’ve recently opened offices in Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester too – so whatever they’re doing, they’re obviously doing it well!

I made my way to Hire Space’s head office in Bermondsey to meet with the team and (fuelled by a box of chocolates that was being passed around the office) I asked Ed Poland, one of the co-founders, some questions to find out a bit more. So impressed was I by his responses that I offered to help out at the very first Manchester venue showcase too ………

What do you think the benefits are for a PA using a venue-finding service such as Hire Space?

Hire Space frees up time, because the legwork has already been done by us in sourcing locations. You can provide us with a brief and your requirements, we find a venue that meets those requirements – you can see what venues we represent on our website. It’s completely free for the PA to use our services, as we take a small fee from the venue itself when a booking is confirmed. Our community of PA users has grown by 300% in the past year!

 

So, what makes you different to other venue-finding services?

We have an extremely broad range of venues – think boats, basements, rooftops, warehouses – so PAs use us when they want something a bit different, as well as for the usual meeting and conference venues. We also have an expert team who have personally visited our venues and have established a relationship with the venue owners, so they’re great at scouting out the best deals.

 

I’ve looked through some of the venues on your website – do you have a particular personal favourite?

For the traditional, I like the City of London Club, and for something a bit different I’m a fan of Studio Spaces E2, a photography studio-come-event space in Shoreditch. I’m also a sucker for a great view, so Altitude 360, with panoramic views of London, has to get a mention.

 

Can PAs add their name to your mailing list and be invited to some of the amazing venues on your listing?

Absolutely. We hold a venue showcase about once a month in London, and we’ll be holding showcase events in Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester in early 2015.  The next one is at the ArcelorMittal Tower in Stratford. Places fill up quickly, so sign up for alerts by emailing hannah@hirespace.com. Hannah is our Events Organiser – she has easily the most enjoyable job at Hire Space!

 You can check out Hire Space on www.hirespace.com! 

This entry was posted by Lindsay Taylor on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 5:23 pm and is filed under News.