Events booking platform is first to offer ‘instant’ service

Poptop, the Newcastle company which operates the UK’s leading events booking platform, has become the first platform of its type worldwide to offer instant quotes and availability.

Poptop’s Instant Quotes service allows users to get accurate pricing for everything from catering and music to photography and transport, check available dates and make provisional bookings.

It means that people organising weddings, parties and corporate functions can ‘design’ and co-ordinate their event in a matter of hours rather than spending days or weeks calling suppliers.

The launch of new service follows the £615,000 investment in the company by the business angel network Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Ventures) and Northstar Ventures in December 2018. Established in 2014, Poptop now has over 300,000 customers in the UK and 11,000 suppliers.

Poptop CEO Eugene Shestapol commented: “Feedback from customers suggests waiting for quotes was one of their biggest frustrations. Instant Quotes is a big improvement to their booking experience, offering huge time savings and improved confidence due to the ability to see accurate pricing and availability. Suppliers who have trialled the service have also reported a big reduction in administration time.”

Keith Benson, co-founder of DSW Ventures, said: “Poptop’s new service brings events booking into the 21st century. It means users can now organise a function in a similar way to booking a holiday – by checking price and availability and selecting from different options to create a tailor-made event. The launch of Instant Quotes is a world first for Poptop and will firmly establish the platform as the UK market leader.”