The Moot Group have just raised a £5 million funding round that will help to accelerate the building of their highly successful interior brands whilst also supporting their third-party customers with bespoke eCommerce technology and facilitate international growth.

The eCommerce technology startup The Moot Group (TMG) wants to make the fragmented process of eCommerce more simple. From having to work with dozens of providers – website to logistics to tracking – they provide a unified platform that consolidates the entire process and calls themselves ‘E-commerce as a Service.’

Nick Moutter, is fast becoming one of the UK’s most successful eCommerce and adtech entrepreneurs. Following the investment, The Moot Group welcomes to its advisory board Richard Chapple, former GymShark exec and Founder of The Growth Foundation, and Mark Pearson, of Fuel Ventures.

On the £5 million funding round, Mark Pearson, Founder & Managing Partner at Fuel Ventures said:
“We’re delighted to support Nick and the rest of the team at TMG. The growth of the group has been staggering, they are one of the UK’s most exciting and fastest-growing companies.”

How did it all start?

The Moot Group was founded in 2019 as a single homeware brand called Olivia’s. Headquartered in Stafford, Olivia’s is an online furniture retailer that sells home furnishing products, lighting accessories, and more.

“When starting that business, we needed a whole host of technology and tools. We decided to build most of what we needed from scratch, rather than licensing it so that it was specific for the needs of homeware business,” says Moutter.

This, in turn, helped them acquire the Glasgow-based online furniture retailer Houseology, which went into administration last year.

He continues,
“We knew we could make a success of these companies with the right technology and products to back it up. It soon became apparent that other retailers, not just in homewares, needed us to provide a suite of tools or, as we call it, E-commerce as a service. Many E-commerce businesses just run as online retailers as opposed to a technology-driven pure online brand, so struggle to embrace technology.”

Lack of streamlined technology while launching Olivia’s in 2019 made him realise that the industry was in dire need of a technology solution.

“When I launched Olivia’s, the technology was incredibly antiquated. For example, we wanted a track and trace offering – it didn’t exist in a way that we needed it. For me, it was insane that things like this were not readily available for players in the industry. It’s a small thing, but fundamental to creating an easy and streamlined customer journey,” he says to UKTN.

Right now, the company helps global clients like Sports Direct, Bet365, and The White Company to build and maintain the best online experience for their customers.

Helping UK’s e-commerce entrepreneurs

The Moot Group is currently helping out the next generation e-commerce entrepreneurs in the UK to scale their products and brands online through their end-to-end solutions. The company generates revenue by taking a small percentage of its client’s revenue.

Notably, the company is on track to reach £100 million in revenue in 2022 and, growing at 1300%.

Focussing on homewares

During the lockdown, ONS data shows that home and garden spending increased 71% YOY in 2020 – compared to just 1% growth in clothing – and 120% YOY in Q1 2021.

Capitalising on the trend, Moutter informs, “In terms of our market, we are keeping our focus in terms of our brands in homewares for now, which is a booming sector, ranging from mattresses to shower taps to carpets and curtains.”

He further goes on, “Olivia’s is not only different in terms of its proposition but its setup and processes. Olivia’s operational model, through the use of technology, allows efficiencies that have never been seen before.”

Expansion overseas

In the coming year, the company is set to hire an additional 30 people to bolster its existing 50-strong team of technologists and e-commerce experts in its offices across Staffordshire, London, and Glasgow.

“Our teams are experts in all the areas you need to make E-commerce a success, from logistics, brand and performance marketing to operations and customer experience,” concludes Moutter.

The group will also be expanding its operations into the US this year and plans to open further operations in Europe and the UAE shortly after.

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