Devon-born entrepreneur, Dan Yates, celebrates as his online outdoor accommodation company, Pitchup.com, enters the The Leap 100 2017 – a community of the most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK – launched by London law firm Mishcon de Reya and business publication City A.M. and nominated in partnership with Seven Hills and The Entrepreneurs Network. To be considered for The Leap 100, companies needed to demonstrate a recent history of rapid revenue growth, as well as ambitious plans for the future.
Pitchup.com specialises in all types of outdoor accommodation from camping and glamping to pods, caravans and lodges. Starting with UK sites only in 2009, Pitchup.com has expanded rapidly into overseas market, propelling this large traditional sector of the tourism industry to the forefront of modern technology.
Dan Yates, Founder of Pitchup.com, said: “I was brought up on holiday parks in Woolacombe (Cleavewood Holiday Park) and Croyde (Ruda Holiday Park), so the outdoor accommodation industry is in my blood.
“I’m delighted that our growth has been recognised by The Leap 100. In the last year we have expanded our number of bookable sites by 50% to nearly 2,800. Our users can now search and book accommodation in 39 countries worldwide, up from only 18 this time last year, resulting in current booking growth of nearly 100%.”
For the third year running, The Leap 100 will support entrepreneurs as they experience the highs and lows of fast growth, bringing together founders and business leaders to share their ideas and experiences.
Nick Davis, Head of Corporate at Mishcon de Reya, said: “Since launching The Leap 100 in 2015 we now have 300 fast growth businesses in The Leap community. Scaling-up is challenging and is usually a highly dramatic time for businesses.
“Over the course of this year, we will gather together these businesses to facilitate debate and discussion around the factors that impact them the most, especially in the period leading up to Brexit. It is always so interesting to assemble these businesses during this stage of their growth and to hear their unique insights.”
(from a press release)