Catapult founders-Ben-Oli-Steffen

On-demand staffing app Catapult has raised £1.8m from investors including Global Founders Capital, Rocket Internet’s venture investment arm.

The London-based firm also drew investment from high-profile Angel investors.

Additionally, Catapult said Robin Terrell, the former Tesco CCO would join the company as a chairman.

Similarly to Inploi, Catapult, which has now raised £4m in total, seeks to make it easier for people to chose when and where to work across the hospitality and retail industries.

Co-founder, Oli Johnson, commented on the trends he’s seeing across the market and how Catapult was seeking to embrace these opportunities: “Flexibility is fast becoming the key tenet of people’s happiness. It’s not just about control over where and when you work. It’s also about variety and progression. And fairness needs to be baked into the whole process.

“That’s what we’re trying to build with Catapult. Ultimately, we want to create a more awesome way for people to work, and with this new investment we’re ready to take Catapult to the next level.”

Terrell added: “Digital and mobile are accelerating changes in work and recruitment at a rate we wouldn’t have imagined even 5 years ago. Catapult understands these changes and is using their impact to build a sustainable platform that benefits both candidates and businesses alike. I’m excited to be joining the business at this crucial time to support its continued growth and success.”

Founded in 2015, Catapult says it will use the money to expand across the UK as it looks to start laying the groundwork for an upcoming international expansion.

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