TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, UK

UK's first online marketplace for kitchen space launches

Charlie and Emma Jones launched Kitchup, which matches underused commercial kitchens with food businesses in London.

With tech companies such as Deliveroo and UberEats driving up demand for convenience food all hours of the day, increasing orders for restaurants and creating new opportunities for food start-ups, a new challenge of supply is surfacing.

This, along with his experience mentoring food start-ups, spurred founder Charlie Jones to set up Kitchup, a new kitchen economy that helps connect kitchen owners with food businesses looking to hire more flexible and affordable kitchen space. Through partnerships with the Nationwide Caterers Association and Startup Direct, Kitchup hopes to provide bespoke advice to the varying needs of food businesses.

“We want to encourage a more collaborative and resourceful food community that has social, environmental and economic benefits for all involved.” said founder Charlie Jones.

“We have already built up the largest network of commercial kitchen space in London, and we’re only just getting started” adding that they plan to raise funds to help develop their tech solution and roll out the platform nationwide.

Emma Jones said, “With continuous innovation in the food industry we hope to bring more choice and flexibility to kitchen space, supporting people on their food journey and helping businesses thrive.” 

Photo credit: Kitchup Facebook page

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