OnBuy reports 800% sales growth in January

OnBuy.com has reported 800% year on year growth so far in January, beating its figures for last year in the first three days of the year. This growth announcement comes as founder and CEO, Cas Paton, prepares to launch OnBuy’s Series B funding round.

In 2020 OnBuy is reported to have achieved 605% year to date growth.

Last year OnBuy saw sales climbing from £24 million to over £200 million and monthly users reaching just under 7 million. The online marketplace puts its success down to its Q4 marketing campaign designed to further support its independent retailers by increasing brand awareness and engagement, which resulted in OnBuy’s Trustpilot review count seeing an increase by 680% from 2019 to 2020. Now standing at over 20,000 reviews, the company has maintained its 4.6/5 rating.

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy,said: “I’m incredibly pleased with these results. We’re committed to bringing more value to our customers through our fast-growing network of retailers – and as we’re a true marketplace, not a retailer, all of our success is shared by the independent businesses that trade through our platform. That’s what makes OnBuy such an attractive prospect for businesses looking to transition to online selling, as well as those dissatisfied with their current eCommerce platform.

“We’ll soon be opening our Series B funding round. Having only received £8 million in investment to date and achieved such astonishing growth in just four years, I believe that we are one of the most capital-efficient businesses in operation today.

“We aim to secure backers who want to be a part of the groundbreaking journey we’re on to change the way the world looks at eCommerce, and those who can support our proven business model to further establish OnBuy as a household name in the UK and in new markets around the world.”

This year OnBuy’s is planning to embark on the first phase of its worldwide scale-up into over 140 countries by year-end 2023. The marketplace plans to double its sales by June, putting it on track to achieve over £1bn in GMV by 2023.

Mark Pearson, founder of Fuel Ventures, London-based venture capital firm which currently invests in OnBuy, said: “OnBuy is performing like no other marketplace in the world. Year after year, month after month and even week after week, they layer more and more success on robust foundations – the principles of fairness, transparency and ethics combined with an extremely efficient business model – which will position them as a major global player before long.”

To support its growth, OnBuy has scaled its workforce by over 4x to over 60 full-time staff members. OnBuy plans to expand its offices into Manchester in spring 2021, creating at least another 100 jobs over the next two years to accommodate its worldwide expansion.

OnBuy is due to launch its Series B round in spring 2021.

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