EXCLUSIVE: London-based Inploi raises £500,000, brings total to £1m


London-based startup Inploi has closed a £500,000 funding round, bringing its total raised to date to £1m.

The firm, which enables those who work in the hospitality industry to find work through its marketplace, attracted investment from a series of industry experts including Julia Ross, who founded and listed international recruitment firm Ross Human Directions.

Tim O’Connor, co-owner of La Marzocco and founder of Pacific Espresso; US entrepreneur Bob Hamill, who sold his company AdminServer to Oracle in 2008; and Sam Peter, fund manager at Kgolo Investments Holdings also participated. 

Founded in 2015, Inploi says its clients include The Chiltern Firehouse, Fortnum & Mason, and LEON restaurants.

The company says it will use the funds to solidify its market position. Speaking about the funding, co-founder and CPO Alex Hanson-Smith, said: “We have an extensive product roadmap, designed in consultation with the industry, which the team are excited to implement.

“Recruitment in sectors with high staff turnover is beset with legacy technology and a poor user experience. New app-based startups have, at best, ported the same issues to mobile. The way candidates expect to access information and discover opportunities has changed – we’re giving our customers the tools to keep up.”

Co-founder Matthew de la Hey said he was grateful for the backing and support from investors and spoke about the firm’s future plans:

We’re also proud to be working with companies who provide good places to work, who understand and support our mission, and who have been patient whilst we get off the ground. We’re now able to consolidate the progress made to date, accelerate our growth, and further deliver on our value proposition.”

Peter explained why he had decided to back the team: “As Kgolo Investment Holdings we have continued to believe and trust in the inploi mission and team, as they have shown and proved their reason for existence and have built an effective marketplace ripe for expansion and capturing full value from the jobs market.”
“Matt and the rest of the team have successfully and continuously executed against the business’s changing demands and we as Kgolo Investments are proud to continue backing the team through its next phase of development.”

The news comes after Tech City News exclusively revealed the closure of Inploi’s £250,000 Seed round last year.