LONDON, UK – Homelike, Europe’s online platform for mid- to long-stay accommodation, has expanded its team in response to the boost in mid-term rentals as home moves continue to dominate the property market and travellers seek longer rents.
The company, which launched in 2015, has experienced steady growth throughout the pandemic and currently has one of the largest collections of world-class furnished apartments for business and leisure travellers, as well as those simply taking a flexible approach to renting.
Homelike has invested in its property acquisition team to enable more property owners to access the mid-term rental market, bookings of more than one-month, with two new recruits as the business continues to grow and expand. In the past 12 months the business has increased its European portfolio by over 25,000 properties.
Louis Mann has joined Homelike as a senior key account manager for the UK and Ireland to develop and strengthen high-value property management partnerships. He brings a strong background in business development, marketing and sales to the mid-term rental platform. Having worked across both B2B and B2C environments at companies including VRBO (Expedia Group), UnderTheDoormat and Homes4Media, Louis has established himself within the property and travel sectors in which Homelike operates. As a bilingual speaker, Louis is a valuable addition to the team in a business which operates in multiple countries, throughout Europe and beyond.
Commenting on his appointment, Louis said: “I thrive in busy start-up businesses and Homelike is just that, while still relatively young it is fast growing in a part of the property rental market that has massive growth opportunity. I’m excited to be part of a young and dynamic global team that will open up the mid-term rental sector while offering a wider variety of choices for people looking for longer-stay rental accommodation.”
Also joining the team is Freya Pound as Sales Manager Supply, UK. She is responsible for the entire acquisition and onboarding process for all new key suppliers in the UK market, crunching data to identify ‘in demand’ cities primed for market development.
Freya joins Homelike from SilverDoor where she had been responsible for sourcing accommodation for the businesses wide-ranging clients. Freya brings with her over a decade of experience in client-facing roles having worked with glh hotels and Citybase Apartments.
Freya said of her role: “Working for Homelike is an exciting new opportunity in my career. The business is growing rapidly and I look forward to being a part of that and working alongside an ambitious and creative team. It’ll be great to utilise my sales skills to secure more properties to increase the portfolio of options for our customers.”
Homelike is going through a strong period of growth with the business expecting to see a supply base in excess of 85,000 properties across Europe by the end of 2021. All Homelike apartments and landlords are tested and vetted to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality and functionality. All properties offer WiFi, along with other amenities such as a desk space, kitchen or kitchenette and washing machine or laundry services. Users of Homelike can save on average 40%, compared to local hotel rates.