Funding boost leads to new jobs

Julian Ross, MD of iknow, with five of the new employees. From left to right are Joshua Douglas-Walton, Rachel Walsh, Julian Ross, David Seligman, Katie Pilling and Aimee Smith.
Julian Ross, MD of iknow, with five of the new employees. From left to right are Joshua Douglas-Walton, Rachel Walsh, Julian Ross, David Seligman, Katie Pilling and Aimee Smith.
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A company which operates a website for holiday accommodation bookings is creating ten new jobs following an investment by Lancashire County Council’s Rosebud Fund.

Founded in 2003, Leyland-based iknow-UK Ltd now offers 40,000 bookable hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages and apartments at locations throughout the UK.

Iknow-UK is an aggregator site which allows visitors to find the best price and book directly with the accommodation provider, or through one of its partner sites.

As a result of the investment, the company has just appointed six new staff in sales and copywriting, bringing their total staff to 22, and is recruiting four more.

Julian Ross, the company’s Managing Director, said: “iknow-UK is about more than simply putting ‘heads on beds’ - we provide both accommodation owners and visitors with a service tailored to their needs.

“Our aim is to offer people worldwide their ideal accommodation at the best price. The company is growing fast - we expect revenue to increase by 25 per cent this year and by 75 per cent in 2015.”

Rosebud is a finance package supporting Lancashire firms to grow and expand their business.

The scheme is managed by Enterprise Ventures, on behalf of Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL) - the County Council’s economic development company.

Paul Taberner of Enterprise Ventures said: “After 11 years in the business, iknow-UK knows exactly what its visitors are looking for.

“It is able to offer them the widest choice of accommodation and makes it easy for them to book.

“The Rosebud funding will help it grow the business by further developing the team.”

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