London-based startup, HOMETAINMENT, has been named a finalist in the Hospitality & Events category ahead of the London Final of the StartUp Awards.
HOMETAINMENT is on a mission to change the future of entertainment in people’s homes by bringing back the magic of hosting. Whether at home or in the office, HOMETAINMENT enables people to bring together friends and family to enjoy memorable experiences in a safe and comfortable environment. The platform allows customers to easily book the best Private Chefs, Bartenders & Mixologists, Musicians & DJs, Entertainers & Masterclasses as well as Children´s Experiences to take the stress out of hosting.The platform was co-founded by Antoine Melon and launched in June 2021.
The StartUp Awards has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the 2019 pandemic. Over 800,000 new businesses were founded in the UK since 2021, a 4.3% increase from the year before.
A record number of businesses applied to this year’s StartUp Awards, with 1,100 firms shortlisted across ten UK nations and regions. The contribution of these firms – all of which were started in the last three years – is significant, having created over 5,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £584 million.
Antoine Melon co-founder of HOMETAINMENT, said:
“Over the last two years the HOMETAINMENT team has worked tirelessly to bring the very best entertainers, chefs, mixologists and experts to our platform, to provide our clientele with the very best at-home services. Whether it’s a dinner party, styling session, wine tasting evening or even something for your children, HOMETAINMENT is quickly becoming front of mind when people want an unforgettable, at-home experience. That’s why we’re really pleased to be a finalist in this year’s StartUp Awards.”
Supported nationally by Starling Bank, British Business Bank, BT, Creative Ideaz, GS1 UK, Jeeves, Join Talent, ScoreApp and The Purposeful Project, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.
The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards, said:
“Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and in supporting communities in every nation and region across the UK. All of the finalists this year represent the best of those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent and perseverance, have created an amazing new business that is creating real impact in its sector.”
The StartUp Awards was created in collaboration with the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, one of the most successful awards programmes in the UK. The StartUp Awards are running for the second year after launching in 2022.