Online door-to-door baggage-delivery service SendmyBag is to create 12 new jobs at its main office in Bangor, Co Down. The company, last year, raised stg£100,000 in seed funding from Lough Shore Investments.
The company reported 12 months of sustained growth in the aftermath of its appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
The start-up also benefited from a report in consumer watchdog magazine Which.
This particular report apparently found that sending luggage with SendmyBag was no cheaper than booking bags with budget airlines, including Ryanair and Jet2.
Planned expansion into the US in early 2014
Six of the new jobs at SendMyBag have already been filled, with the remaining six to be recruited within the next year.
The roles will include a technical lead, customer service representatives and a marketing executive.
SendmyBag was founded by 28-year-old Adam Ewart in 2011. It aims to provide people with a simple and affordable door-to-door baggage delivery service that can be booked online and arranged for collection within 24 hours.
The company allows users avoid the ever-increasing baggage handling fees charged by budget airlines and the inconvenience of strict ‘hand luggage’ rules.
“It has been an incredible year for SendmyBag,” said Ewart. “Since appearing on Dragons’ Den and the investment from Lough Shore, we’ve added a new member of staff, on average, every 10 weeks."
On the back of the recent Which? report, and the company’s planned expansion into the US through 2014, it plans to hire six more staff in software development, marketing and customer service roles.
“In particular, we’re seeking a technical lead that can take the SendmyBag platform to the next level and bring the systems we’ve built in the UK and Europe to the US," said Ewart.
It would be an opportunity, he said, for the successful candidate to build his or her own technical team, one that can deliver a platform to match the ambitions of SendmyBag.
"We’re a small start-up but one with big ambitions, and we don’t plan to just tinker around the edges of the travel industry; we plan to revolutionise it.”