In an exclusive with Real Business, it’s been revealed that Sharing Economy UK founder Debbie Wosskow has stood down as chair, which will see the trade body join the CBI, effectively reflecting the sector’s importance to British business.
The sharing economy is on the rise and, while it has mixed feedback, there’s no denying the sector is full of entrepreneurial spirit.
The founder of sharing economy business TrustedHousesitters shares his journey from near death to success in a new industry.
While the sharing economy expands, how can we trust others with our belongings, services and time? Richard Laughton, CEO of easyCar Club, explores how the Internet of Things will help put people’s mind at ease and build an Internet of Trust.
Following acquisition last year, online cleaning service Hassle.com has now pushed into 11 new cities across the UK. The company’s MD Sam James has told Real Business that growth and awareness will be achieved with a voice that is both fun and memorable – two things you wouldn’t usually associate with chores.
Intuit QuickBooks research recently found that one of the biggest challenges for those who profit from the sharing economy was managing their taxes.
In what marks a world first, the UK’s sharing economy companies will have the opportunity to receive a stamp of approval in the form of a TrustSeal, which will act as a kitemark that signifies businesses are meeting good practice principles.
Uber has been on a money-raising streak and now has a valuation near £43.1bn, making it worth more than all but 11 companies in the FTSE 100. There’s absolutely no question about it, Uber is transforming the taxi industry at an unprecedented force – and you can learn lessons from the company without trying to be it.
Adam Levene is a seasoned mobile technology executive, having delivered on building apps for the likes of RBS and the FIFA World Cup. But now, he’s given up his role in a corporate firm for a startup of his own creation – Hero, which is out to bring a WhatsApp-like approach to customer service.
UK-headquartered identity verification service Onfido, which boasts over 1,000 clients, has raised a $25m Series B investment to meet increased demand in the US and other international markets.
Logistics and fulfilment has not really been viewed as the sexy end of retail. A new delivery fleet doesn’t exactly garner the same level of attention as the latest collection. However, this is starting to change. To steal an often used analogy, I think delivery might be the new black.
Seemingly Uber’s controversies aren’t enough to slow it down, as the on-demand car service and other ride-sharing platforms are set to see global revenues double to $6.5bn by 2020.