The journey for us began on a warm summers eve in August 2019. Childhood friends Bradley Gough & Ollie Pod along with their friends John, Chris, Macca & Rico attended a leaving party for John's younger brother Aiden, who was relocating from the guys' home city of Nottingham to Glasgow to join the merchant navy.
Around 25 people attended the party which was on a party boat on the river Trent. Brad along with Pod where shocked to hear just how difficult it was for Aiden to bring his friends together. He struggled with a number of aspects of arranging & booking the event.
With a slight hangover, Brad started looking around the web & app store for a solution to make getting together easier, to his surprise, he couldn't find any! He started jotting stuff down in a notepad and after staying up till 2am Sunday morning and posted a picture of his handywork in the group chat, Pod quickly jumped on board with some phenomenal ideas of his own and the guys met up a few days later to have there first meeting, at the pub...
The next few months involved Brad going to Corfu and expanding the idea, both guys quitting their jobs and investing £25,000 of their own cash into the business.
In the close of 2019, we moved to our first offices and started working on Groubook. Into the new year with an optimistic outlook & in February 2020, Covid struck and bought the world to its knees.
The guys despite being in a worldwide pandemic saw an opportunity to build the platform themselves, it took them 6 months and eventually during the easing of restrictions, launched the platform in Nottingham in August 2020 to a fantastic reception.
The friends who got together
CEO & Founder
El Jefe as he likes to be known bleeds Nottingham he is an avid fan of boxing, a dad to his 2 shih-poos, an emotional wreck whilst watching modern family & a huge Star Wars nerd. Brad leads the business day to day and is known for coming up with experimental ideas in the middle of the night.
CGO & Co-Founder
Sam is our American girl and has a rather remarkable story. She joined the business as an intern to see our her final few months in England. She quickly grew a new revenue line for us and became a shareholder, Sam is now uprooting her entire life & staying in the UK. Outside of the office, Sam plays basketball at a very high level having played for her college back in the states.
COO & Joint Founder
Pod is a born and bred Notts lad and an avid follower of the tricky tree's. He can often be found speeding into the carpark listening to dancing in the moonlight, When not in the office, Outside the office Pod will often be with his sidekick and son Zen and is known in the business for working till the small hours of the morning.
Adrian is our resident ideas man, he started his entrepreneurial journey 24 years ago when he was just 28 and for the last 17 years has been building Perma Group into a multi million pound business. Outside of the office, he is all about self development, spending his time perfecting himself and learning new things. Adrian is a key advisor and investor in Groubook and supports the management team.