5 Minutes With a Business Client – SchoolHire

12th December 2019

Charlie Gothold, Co-Founder and Director at SchoolHire and former WE Hub member, shares his Work Avenue journey.

TELL US ABOUT SCHOOL HIRE
School Hire is a wonderfully simple online portal that allows people to find, book and pay for a facility that suits them in schools and colleges in their area, operating nationwide.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE?
I was a solicitor in the City, and my co-founder, David Nevies, was a chartered accountant with an international firm. I used to manage an amateur football team and struggled to find suitable facilities which I could book – which is how we hit upon the concept.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK AVENUE JOURNEY
Work Avenue advisers provided essential support and guidance to us as new entrepreneurs plus a mentor, Gavin, who was so helpful. We were one of the first businesses to rent space when WE Hub opened, which was such a great place to work. We particularly enjoyed the professional lunchtime talks. But our team is larger now so we have just moved out to new premises. We will certainly miss the WE Hub community.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SCHOOL HIRE?
We just want to keep growing a thriving and successful business, signing up more schools and colleges, and increasing market share. It was a huge leap of faith for us both to leave professional services and start a business of our own, but we are so glad that we did.