A venue-hiring platform aiming to “stem the closures” of independent cafes and restaurants has been launched for event organisers.

Cajoot.com, a platform for those listing spaces and venue-hunters, does away with commission and booking fees asked by brokers. The aim of the platform is to help independent venues gain extra revenue by simply and cost effectively making use of their premises as locations for other activities they choose – such as birthday parties, wedding receptions and pop-up shops.

Cajoot doesn’t request that those listing venues pay commission or booking fees, instead inviting venue-listers to pay a set monthly subscription fee. The platform also allows homeowners a platform to hire out their homes, gardens and private pools for events.

Cajoot works using a calendar-based system where users, after they have added their venue and event space page, can then let people know when it is available by adding dates to their calendar. If there are any last-minute cancellations, users can just go back into the calendar and show that the venue is free again straight away.

Alexandra Hoppe, founder of Cajoot.com, says: “Finding the right venue at the right time can be a tricky and protracted process – sometimes it feels like the stars need to align to get the correct sort of space at the appropriate time.

“I set up Cajoot while trying to find and arrange an event for a company I was working for, at very little notice. It was so much hassle phoning around and took me virtually all day, so I thought there must be an easier way to do it.

“There are a huge range of locations which can be used for all sorts of activities. Wine bars, for example, can only open to the public at certain times due to licensing laws, but could be used earlier in the day for breakfast meetings. With Cajoot, venues can choose the types of gatherings and meetings which suit them, at little cost and which also allows them to maximise the use of their properties and generate extra funds needed by so many independent business owners at this time.”