Real Business attended Breakers to Makers conference on 20 October, a conference in London’s Haggerston area designed to bring together businesses operating within the sharing economy and on-demand sectors. We’ve all seen the resistance to such innovation, most notably with taxi drivers resistant to change with the rise of Uber. But despite some politicians and public figures against use of that particular service, the wider industry is generally well received. After all, it was this warm reception and recognition that led to the creation of the Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) ? the government-backed trade body that launched in March 2015 in order to help the sector flourish. The Breakers to Makers event itself, which was hosted by background check business Onfido, SEUK, Wellington Partners and Index Ventures, had speakers in abundance and Eileen Burbidge, who was appointed chair of Tech City UK in September, delivered the keynote. ?Clearly technology is now enabling all sorts of forces, parties and constituents to think about resource allocation in a more intelligent way,? she said, noting that consumers have ?much easier, better and fairer access? to services. American investor Burbidge has had an incredible year and the Tech City post comes as she was named the government’s special envoy of fintech by George Osborne in July ? just two months after her VC firm Passion Capital secured a ?17.5m investment from the British Business Bank. She continued: ?Being in the capital of tech Europe, it’s really gratifying to see the sharing economy, as well as other ecosystems, developing. I genuinely believe, despite my American accent, that Britain is going to really lead digital in terms of an agenda and innovation for this industrialised world.?
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