What is the Sharing Economy?


Today people are bartering, lending, trading, gifting and swapping their homes, cars, power drills, skills and even extra time. They have many reasons for doing so, including economic and environmental concerns, and a desire to work and play locally rather than globally. Though whatever the reason, collectively they are re-shaping the way the world works as part of the Sharing Economy. The Sharing Economy is all about broadening access to (as opposed to ownership of) resources of all kinds - skills, services, knowledge, money, and decision making power. Across all aspects of our lives, the Sharing Economy can make a difference. Choosing access over ownership of assets in many situations is the cheaper, more time efficient and higher quality decision. We aren’t saying it’s right in every instance, but there are plenty of opportunities there: from meals, to homes, to skills, to yachts, and everything else in between. The Sharing Economy gives the public and businesses the ability to explore how we can all lead more sustainable, connected and fulfilling lives.

How will we achieve this?


Today people are bartering, lending, trading, gifting and swapping their homes, cars, power drills, skills and even extra time.

They have many reasons for doing so, including economic and environmental concerns, and a desire to work and play locally rather than globally. Though whatever the reason, collectively they are re-shaping the way the world works as part of the Sharing Economy.

The Sharing Economy (also known as Collaborative Consumption, or Peer-to-Peer) is all about broadening access to (as opposed to ownership of) resources of all kinds - skills, services, knowledge, money, and decision making power. Across all aspects of our lives, the Sharing Economy can make a difference.

Choosing access over ownership of assets in many situations is the cheaper, more time efficient and higher quality decision. We aren’t saying it’s right in every instance, but there are plenty of opportunities there: from meals, to homes, to skills, to yachts, and everything else in between.

The Sharing Economy gives the public and businesses the ability to explore how we can all lead more sustainable, connected and fulfilling lives.

Our Partners

AnyVan

Founders: Angus Elphinstone & Ben Goor

Bliive

Founder: Lorrana Scarpioni

Booking Sync

Founder: Sébastien Grosjean

Bright Delivery

Founder: Eoin Brady

Compare and Share

Founder: Benita Matofska

Echo

Founder: Matthew McStravick

E-Rated

Founder: Yoav Artzi

eRentz

Founder: Peter Voss

Freewheelers

Founder: Chris Arnold

GoCar Share

Founder: Drummond Gilbert

GrubClub

Founder: Olivia Zibony

HiyaCar

Founder: Graeme Risby

JustPark

Founder: Anthony Eskinazi

Localoids

Founder: Prash

Liftshare

Founder: Ali Clabburn

MangoPay

Founder: Céline Lazorthes

Nimber

Founder: Ari Kestin

OpenPlay

Founders: Sam Parton & Ian Pridham

Onfido

Founder: Eamon Jubbawy

The People Who Share

Founder: Danica Jovanovic

Rent My Items

Founder: Warren Heal

Rentez-Vous

Founder: Fiona Disegny

Spaceify

Founder: Matthew Baker

SplitCab

Founder: Davide Machado

StoreMates

Founders: Shaff Prabatani & Ben Rogers

StreetBank

Founder: Sam Stephens

TableCrowd

Founder: Kate Jackson

Traity

Founder: Juan Cartagena

Under The Doormat

Founder: Merilee Karr

Veridu

Founder: Rasmus Groth

YourParkingSpace

Founder: Charles Cridland

The Charter

1. To act with best interests of our community, and the wider P2P community/overall sharing economy at heart. After all, we want to make the UK the best possible place to share.
2. Our members are our lifeblood, we are committed to taking the best care of our members because without them we would not exist.
3. Work to help users trust each other. Having trust in the people we meet with, do business with, is proven to make people happier.
4. Outbound communications should reflect the core values of improving a member’s lifestyle, empowering individuals to utilise their assets for the good of the economy, local community and the environment.
5. Consistent and open data capture policy. Open in that we tell users exactly how we use their data, and that this data is only used to make our community, and the wider community better - not sold for external advertising.
6. When our users get in touch we aspire to reply to them within 24 hours.
7. To throw at least one knowledge sharing event for the wider community every year.
8. Continue to offer our services to the whole of the UK (where appropriate). Sharing is not just London-centric.
9. Each member organisation is to create and maintain an “abusive member watch list” to prevent repeated irresponsible actions being taken to ensure a quality experience for their community.
10. Participate in open conversations about how to make our own communities better by sharing knowledge with each other.

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