Sheffield-based tenant referencing platform Vouch has doubled the size of its team during the COVID pandemic, growing its team from 11 to 23 after COVID reportedly sparked a surge in demand.

The company – which was founded in Sheffield in 2017 by local letting agents Simon Tillyer and wife Jaime – remains staffed by local Sheffield residents.

The founders are committed to championing the growing proptech sphere in the north of England.

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Against the backdrop of COVID-19, Vouch has experienced a spike in interest as property professionals seek digital solutions to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

This is due, in part, to the government-enforced social distancing measures designed to contain coronavirus, which have caused a number of delays and complications for letting agents attempting to retrieve information from tenants via traditional channels.

Vouch digitises the referencing process and provides clients with additional, tailored support such as Rent Protection Insurance, and recommended utilities providers.

Simon Tillyer, director of Vouch, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have grown my team so significantly over this period.

“Our industry has faced a range of challenges this year, and as our circumstances continue to change, our talented team is ready to provide that extra support needed to not only meet our clients evolving needs, but also help mitigate against any future challenges that may lay ahead for them.

“Our huge success over this period couldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our team.

“We’ve poured our efforts into growing our team meaningfully this year, and I’m proud to retain the fact that we’re staffed entirely by people from Sheffield, where we were founded and remain headquartered today.

“Aside from setting us apart from others in the proptech industry, our strong roots serve as a perfect example of the innovation coming out of the North.

“No matter how large our headcount grows, I’m confident that we will always remain an incredibly human-centred company.”

Vouch were acquired by Goodlord in July 2020.