Skiddle’s capital idea

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Lancashire-headquartered event guide and ticketing outlet Skiddle, has revealed plans to invest in new office space in London following a record year of growth.

The new premises will be staffed by a dedicated team, hired specifically to focus on growth in the capital.

Ben Sebborn, co-founder and director of the business has described the opening of the new office as a “milestone achievement” for the company.

Head of new business, Duncan King, has joined Skiddle to head up the new premises in Camden, having previously worked with 360, AEI Media and Turn First Artists.

Skiddle operates out of a headquarters in Preston, a development hub in Liverpool and, earlier this year, opened additional office space in Manchester.

The business is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year and in 2018 listed more than 88,000 live events. Its web page views also rose by 20 per cent to 110m.

The investment follows the announcement of Skiddle’s most successful year to date, reporting a 30 per cent rise in turnover, gross ticket sales of £60m and a record-breaking 3.5m tickets sold – a 22.5 per cent increase on 2017.

This new investment will enable us to increase the number of venues, promoters and artists we work with.

The team have also reported a 46 per cent increase in net profit last year.

Ben Sebborn, co-founder and director of Skiddle, said: “We have always had strong relationships and accounts in the capital.

“However this new investment will enable us to grow the business – increasing the number of venues, promoters and artists we work with and expand our remit with the accounts we currently manage.

“This invaluable on-the-ground presence will also allow us to cultivate new relationships more efficiently and effectively; surrounded by a wealth of iconic music venues, established and grassroots artists and unrivalled live entertainment.”