Event catering marketplace Feast It has raised £1.7 million in a funding round which brings its total funding to date up to £2.7m.

The new round was led by Jon Claydon, ex-Head of advertising agency Claydon Heeley Jones Mason.

Other investors contributing to the round include; shareholder and previous Chairman in The Hut Group, Richard Pennycook, Coldplay member Guy Berryman, serial entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den Sarah Willingham, and luxury entrepreneur John Ayton MBE.

Launched in 2017 by childhood friends Hugo Campbell and Digby Vollrath,Feast Ithas closely curated a diverse range of over 650 of the UK’s top caterers and mobile bars to book for all kinds of events, spanning from corporate occasions to weddings.

Feast It suppliers offer banquet-style dining, table service and street food. The company grew by more than 1000% in 2018, reaching over £2.5m worth of enquiries per month last year, and is currently targeting a 360% growth in 2019.

Co-founder and CEO, Digby Vollrath said: “People want the food and drink to be a central talking point at their event; it’s no longer just an afterthought. We carefully consider every supplier we work with to enable us to deliver exceptional food and drinks to every client.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to be supported by a series of highly sought-after investors who share our passion. This funding will enable us to continue to drive our commitment to support small business partners by helping them grow.

In 2019, we’re aiming to quadruple the amount we’re making for our supplier partners. We have big growth plans and we’re firmly set on full UK coverage, with a continued push to find the best suppliers across the country, starting with Edinburgh and Belfast.”