Feast It, the first end-to-end booking platform connecting the UK to the ‘hottest’ food & drink scene has secured £680,000 investment. Propelling the start-up to the forefront of the events industry, Feast It aims to use this increased investment for national expansion and to broaden its supply base beyond food and drink.
In only 12 months, Feast It has already grown 400% and in that time has secured a total of £1million investment. Championing the nation’s best food & drink suppliers, Feast It provides hassle-free, customisable event catering; providing a ‘better’ way to entertain for any event, from 20 person dinner parties to 40,000 people festivals. Feast It work with over 300 caterers including Patty & Bun, Hummus Bros, Grind, Hola Guacamole and The Prosecco Van.
Founded by childhood friends Digby Vollrath and Hugo Campbell – who were recently named as some of Amazon’s ‘Young Entrepreneurs of the Year’ – Feast It was originally built on a simple idea to bring catering in to the 21st century, hand pick the country’s best suppliers and make them instantly accessible to anyone, all while desperately trying to impress their mums along the way.
Already achieving significant growth and quadrupling revenue since inception, Feast It is looking to broaden its reach even further. As one of the fastest growing food tech businesses in the UK and offering the largest ‘direct to book’ collection of independent catering suppliers, Feast It is on a mission to help people realise the amazingly diverse and delicious catering options available. Aiming to serve over 3,000,000 portions of food in 2018 and increase its vendor numbers by 233% in 2018, Feast It is looking to achieve national expansion and at a later date hopes to enter Ireland and venture further internationally.
High profile investors include John Ayton, co-founder of Links of London, Brown’s restaurants founder Jeremy Mogford, Irish investment syndicate Boole, former ARM Holdings CFO and British Land Director Tim Score, David Abramovich founder of cafe and restaurant group Grind, and Caper & Berry Catering founder Tim Brennan.
Digby Vollrath, Co-Founder of Feast It says: “The UK events industry was worth over £42.3bn in 2017, with catering alone valued over £1.5bn. Match this with an ever-increasing appetite for exciting and quality food at any event, it’s not surprising we’ve seen an explosion in consumer demand for the very best suppliers. There are over 7,000 companies offering catering in the UK and with so much choice and noise in the industry, there is a clear need for a platform to make people’s lives easier. Feast It hand picks the best possible suppliers, big or small, with the simple aim of taking the hassle out of organising events. We’ve done everything from a 20 person dinner party to a 40,000 person festival so far!”
Co-Founder Hugo Campbell adds: ‘From my perspective, the most satisfying part of Feast It has been the feedback we’ve received from event organisers, from those organising their 100th corporate event to first time brides organising small weddings, saying that we’ve allowed them to relax in the build up to the event. Event organising can be hugely stressful, so if we’re helping people on that front, while bringing great food at the same time, job done!”
John Ayton, Founder Links of London: “The UK food and drink scene is more adventurous than we’ve ever seen, with the exciting and diverse food trends found in restaurants, bars and markets being mirrored in what consumers want at their events. Simply put, event planners aren’t as willing as they once were to settle for the same boring old vol-au-vents. It is no surprise that Feast It is growing so quickly.”
Offering the largest direct to book collection of independent catering suppliers Feast It works in collaboration with several well-known partners, including Disney, Amazon and Soho House.