Sharing Economy

Should the Sharing Economy Ever Be for Profit?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

There is lot of contention surrounding the term 'sharing economy', with Uber and Airbnb at the centre. Many argue that the term has been strapped onto...

Why You Should Swap Your Lie-In for a Dose of Chutzpah

Annabel Denham | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Denham

Her knowledge and advice extends beyond budding entrepreneurs. She believes a crowdfunding website "by women for women" will plug the aforementioned gender funding gap.

Technological Smorgasbord in Silicon Valley

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Tech
Zaid Al-Zaidy

Last week, I was lucky enough to be chaperoned by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), around a variety of emerging tech companies in Silicon Valley. The IPA/UKTI interactive mission has been a real smorgasbord of tech inspirations and here are my views on the trends that will be coming to European shores shortly.

Neoliberalism and the Death of Community

Julian Vigo | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and c...

Exploring Urban Mobility: Why This Car Company Wants You to Sell Your Car

Joseph Seal-Driver | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Tech
Joseph Seal-Driver

Owning a car in the city is, in practice, a pretty big drain. Not just on finances, but on space. According to TfL, there are 2.6m cars in London. That's over seven thousand miles of cars clogging up and polluting London's streets.

We Are Living in the Greatest Generation for Entrepreneurship

Varun Bhanot | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Varun Bhanot

It is no secret that this very moment is perhaps the most fortunate time to start a business in recent times, in Britain.

Subletting in London: Who Wins and Who Loses?

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

When the subletting legislature makes its way to parliament, the Chancellor must take care to ensure that tenants remain safe, landlords hold less liability for subtenants, and the housing supply isn't diminished by mass rent-to-rent schemes.

Mobility and Marketing: A Compelling Cross Sector Comparison

Jack R. Miles | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jack R. Miles

Both marketing and mobility are in a period of mass transition and evolution. As such, the myriad of consumer choices stretches from the very traditional and conservative to the dynamic and future facing.

Sharing Our Future

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Karim Goudiaby

Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.

Is the Sharing Economy a Caring Economy?

Nick Liddell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Nick Liddell

As a child, I was brought up to believe that sharing was a good thing to do. It makes sense to share things we don't need to use all the time. It's a way of making and keeping friends. It often comes with an emotional reward. And it's a sign of a civilised society at work: not every exchange of valuable goods requires a transaction.

How to Survive the Early Days of Restaurant Opening

Liv Sibony | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Liv Sibony

It's notoriously challenging to open a new restaurant. Tough competition, high cost of real estate, managing staff and fit-out of the premises. Thankfully movements such as the Sharing Economy have enabled food entrepreneurs to creatively survive where they may have failed in other times.

Uber Opens Pandora's Box

Helen Goulden | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Tech
Helen Goulden

It's all over the news; today London's Black Cabs are staging a protest against the introduction of Uber; a smart phone app that allows you to book private vehicles on-demand to get from A to B across the city. New York, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, it's a battle that's being played out in cities across the globe. And it's not pretty.

Nanny Labour Targets the Sharing Economy

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

No surprise that Creagh has backed the - heavily unionised - taxi drivers who loath the app. Creagh's argument is that apps like Uber must fit into the UK's regulatory framework. It's the left's favourite theme when it comes to the sharing economy: regulation first, reality last...

Sharing in a Changing Climate

Helen Goulden | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Helen Goulden

It would appear that most people don't care about a changing climate. Yet, that's simply not true. Many people care deeply, but fleetingly - in the same way they may consider their own mortality before getting back to thinking about what to have for tea.

The Sharing Economy: Communism or Hyper Capitalism?

Markus Barnikel | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Markus Barnikel

Until now we have been approaching our cars and our apartments without thinking economically. If we want to change that, it is neither communism nor turbo capitalism. It is not to reach a higher moral goal either and certainly not an evil act. It is simply reasonable and in addition also human and beautiful.

The Knowledge Economy and the Internet of Things

Niamh Corbett | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Tech
Niamh Corbett

There are two movements fundamentally changing the way we do things, use things and communicate with things. Both movements are new, disruptive and not yet widely adopted, but their opportunity and growth potential is huge.

Compare and Share: Co-operation or Competition in the Sharing Economy?

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

The biggest issue in the sharing economy is that posed by legal questions to do with whether an activity counts as a "business" or not.

In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time For a Clean Slate?

Michael Townsend | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

Since the collapse of communism, more than twenty years ago, capitalism has been, more or less, the only show in town. As a system for running our ec...

Why Sharing Is Caring

Emma L. Jones | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK
Emma L. Jones

It's not all about saving money, but it's clear that businesses are thinking about buying less, moving forward quickly without the baggage of ownership. Collaboration evens out risk and ensures people get proper use out of their assets, with less waste.

Applying the Sharing Economy By Renting Professionals' Time - Who Needs Fast Cars and Music?

Simon Harper | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Simon Harper

As more of us start to assess what we really value in our working lives we may find that the sharing economy opens up more options for our own working lives too, as portfolio working and 'renting time' become increasingly mainstream.

The Slow Manifesto: Rediscover Your Bank Holiday

Nicolas Brusson | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nicolas Brusson

This bank holiday weekend is your opportunity to join the international Slow Travel movement; the extra day will afford you the luxury of taking your time getting to your favourite holiday spot but there's more to Slow Travel than that. The term does not, in fact, necessarily indicate that you'll be longer arriving.

Sharing: What Happens When Consumers Rethink The Economy

Nicolas Brusson | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nicolas Brusson

Today is National Sharing Day. Major players in this emerging sector and forward-thinking citizens across the UK are getting together to spread the word about the economic transformation we are part of. It's the official launch day of a new non-profit organisation called The People Who Share, supporting the growth of the sharing economy in Britain.