Claire Lee is the CEO of The Venue Queen Limited a company that sources event venues free of charge for clients. Claire also helps independent venues maximise their revenue with consultancy.
Jo Hailey is the CEO of Striking Places Photography Limited, most renowned for her work with Westminster Abbey as a Google Trusted Photographer, as well as her vast charitable contributions to various charities.
Claire and Jo first met through networking in Hertfordshire in June 2016. Shortly after meeting Jo committed to raising money for a charity by trekking to Machu Picchu. To raise awareness and donations Jo decided to host a charity ball. Claire Lee, the Venue Queen, was the perfect person to help make this event, not only happen, but a resounding success.
Claire and Jo have worked on numerous projects together over the past few years and a couple of recent projects highlighted the need for Borrow my Garden.
Borrow My Garden Ltd, was founded in 2019, from an idea born from a couple of collaborative projects between, Claire and Jo. It became clear there was a gap in the market for landowners who want to use their land for events. The continuing trend for festival style functions means there’s a lot of people searching for outside event spaces. When people are looking to run or host weddings, corporate events or festivals, a sizeable piece of land is required. These locations can be anywhere in the country. People are looking for beautiful landscaped gardens, to a farmers rugged fields, to glamping sites for those that want to stay on for the full night time experience.
We want everyone who is looking for an area of land across the UK, to have one place to come along and connect and meet their own special landowner. Borrow my Garden is a matchmaking site for anyone looking for an outdoor event, festival or corporate event and team build.
With Claire’s event expertise and Jo’s handle on gorgeous imagery, they’ve come together to make life easier for you finding your very own outside event venue and suppliers.