How has Hubble grown over the past year? We have more or less doubled in size in terms of our team, and we’re now helping about three times as many companies – before we were helping around 10,000 companies a month and now we’re doing more like 30,000. We raised our larger seed round of funding, which was £1.2m last year. That enabled us to grow the team and grow the product. We’ve also expanded beyond London, so we’re in Manchester as well. Lots of growth and progress.
What has been Hubble’s biggest achievement so far? The fact that we’ve become the first platform that opens up a lot of flexible space that was going unused in the past – as a result we’ve enabled lots of small businesses and lots of startups to find offices that are affordable. I guess in that indirect way we’ve helped the boom in entrepreneurship. We’re really excited to be heling bigger businesses over the next year.
How do you spread the word about your services? Generally speaking, most of our customers comes through organic internet searches. We put out a lot of useful content, like top tips using our data, so we tend to get a lot of customers from there. It’s usually quite interesting what we can find in our own data about the market as a whole. What advice would you give to small businesses just starting out? The big lesson that we’ve learned is it’s actually not expensive to start up in the first instance. Some people don’t get going with their ideas because they think it costs a lot to start a business, but it’s not that costly anymore because there are lots of really interesting tools and helpful companies like ours. So, I’d say if you’ve got an idea, it’s not that expensive any more to get out there, and it’s better to just start.
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