Poptop, the UK’s leading events booking platform based in Newcastle, has become the first of its type worldwide to offer clients planning events accurate live pricing and real-time availability of event suppliers.
Poptop’s ‘Instant Quotes’ service allows clients to get instant pricing from over 12,000 suppliers for everything from catering and music to photography and transport, check available dates and make real-time bookings for any type of event including weddings, parties and corporate functions.
The launch of this new service follows the £615,000 investment in the company by the business angel network Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) and Northstar Ventures in December 2018. Established in 2005, Poptop now has over 300,000 customers in the UK and 12,000 suppliers.
Poptop is the only real-time booking platform that offers multiple events requirements in one place for the UK events sector. It provides an online marketplace that matches people planning events with suppliers including caterers, entertainers, and photographers. Ranked number 17 in the BusinessCloud’s North East Tech 50 for 2019 and with plans to expand the team headcount further, Poptop looks set to continue its success in developing the leading online booking experience in the UK and beyond.
The company was launched in November 2013 by event planner Eugene Shestopal and developer Ignat Tkhorovskiy after been picked up by Eastlabs and following an initial investment of $20 000.
In 2014 startup won a grant from the British Sirius Program from UKTI and $30,000 investment from Torben Megaard. The team moved to Newcastle and worked on the basis of business accelerator Ignite.
In December 2016 Poptop has secured £120k investment to further develop its services and expand its team in Great Britain. The £100k investment came from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, alongside an Angel Investor.
On December 13, 2018, Poptop has secured another round of £615,000 equity investment from a syndicate led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels, the Northern angel network, and Northstar Ventures. Over 30 angel investors took part in the funding round, which was invested in sales and marketing to support the imminent launch of Poptop’s real-time booking system.
As of January of 2019, as per the company’s statistics, Poptop has more than 13,000 registered suppliers in the listing. Poptop generated more than £21,000,000 for event suppliers. The company offers 185 entertainment service categories and plans to expand that number.