Where will the Sharing Economy Take you This Summer? Stay somewhere gorgeous from just £15 a night!

Where will the Sharing Economy Take you This Summer? Stay somewhere gorgeous from just £15 a night!

Fancy travelling somewhere exotic this summer? well thanks to the Sharing Economy you can! With Compare and Share you are renting directly from the owner giving you a better deal and making friends along the way.

Tags: Sharing economy, travel

By Harry Kelf

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Summertime and Things are Hotting Up in the Sharing Economy

Summertime and Things are Hotting Up  in the Sharing Economy

The Sharing Economy has been in the headlines yet again, causing quite a stir. Compare and Share have been busy making sure that people know that there are over £3.5 trillion worth of spare goods in the world so that you can make and save money by trading shared goods.

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Shared accommodation for the World Cup in Brazil - our top 3

Shared accommodation for the World Cup in Brazil - our top 3

May 29, 2014

With the World Cup opening ceremony on the 12th June fast approaching, we’ve chosen our top three places to stay in three of Brazil’s most popular destinations.

Tags: accommodation, accommodation rentals, events

By Josh Alidina

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Six things all (true) Londoners share

Six things all (true) Londoners share

London may not be revered as a place of great sharing, but we think Londoners are the greatest sharers in the world. To prove it, we have identified six ways that London wears its sharing heart right on its sleeve.

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Number of people sharing homes and cars in Sheffield soars as the city embraces the Sharing Economy.

Number of people sharing homes and cars in Sheffield soars as the city embraces the Sharing Economy.

Sheffield has become the latest city to embrace the burgeoning Sharing Economy with an 80% increase in local users of Compare and Share in the past month. Since the surge in Sheffield users, Compare and Share have now signed up to become an official travel partner of the Sheffield DocFest to ensure the city is ready to welcome the 20,000 attendess from all over the world.  

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Sheffield Doc Fest - Calling all documentary fans!

Sheffield Doc Fest - Calling all documentary fans!

May 2, 2014

Every summer people flock from far and wide to the Sheffield Documentary Festival (UK). Described by Indiewire as the “Cannes for documentary people”, this eclectic six day spectacle has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for die hard documentary fans. Each year, over 20,000 people transform Sheffield into a showcase for some of the industries most groundbreaking directors and their work, making it an unmissable date in the film festival calendar. 

Tags: sharing economy, sheffield, sheffield doc fest, sheffield documentary festival, accommodation, find accommodation in sheffield, sheffield doc fest accommodation, getting to sheffield doc fest, sheffield doc fest transport

By Josh Alidina

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Social Entrepreneurs play Bingo with the Sharing Economy at OxfordJam

Social Entrepreneurs play Bingo with the Sharing Economy at OxfordJam

Read a full account of Compare and Share's BingoShare! game at OxfordJam! 

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OxfordJam has landed!

OxfordJam has landed!

OxfordJam has landed! Read all about our first day and our favourite sessions so far!

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Compare & Share Does OxfordJam

Compare & Share Does OxfordJam

Compare and Share are leaping into action to be ready for the upcoming OxfordJam event from 9th - 11th April! There is so much going on we in fact need your assisstance to help us choose where to go on the big day (apart from our own BIngoShare! of course!). Let us know your thoughts on Twitter: @compareandshare

 

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It's time for BingoShare!

It's time for BingoShare!

On Thursday 10th April at 11:30a.m, Compare and Share will be running its “BingoShare!” session at OxfordJam; a team game about the Social Economy!

There will be prizes available for all the lucky winners so Compare and Share cant wait to get cracking!   

 

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Compare and Share invites sharing community to share the power for Earth Hour!

Compare and Share invites sharing community to share the power for Earth Hour!

With Earth Hour fast approaching, everyone at Compare and Share has been busy gathering the Sharing Economy together to show support for this fantastic movement! Our specially designed Twitter skin is almost ready, so if you want to be included send us your logo before March 28th in time for Earth Hour at 8:30pm on March 29th!   

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The Car Club Revolution

The Car Club Revolution

March 24, 2014

You may be well aware how car clubs provide a low cost and convenient alternative to car ownership in cities, but did you know they’re doing their bit to tackle the increasing issue of congestion and pollution in urban environments, too? Here’s a few other interesting facts about car clubs from our friends over at Zipcar.

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Going to OxfordJam? Yay! Let’s go together!

Going to OxfordJam? Yay! Let’s go together!

March 18, 2014

OxfordJam has a special place in our hearts here at Compare and Share, and every year we look forward to this inspiring, useful and  fun-filled event.

This year, while we were thinking about what session we could propose - we finally settled on BingoShare! - Benita and I discovered that besides the good times and having met at the event, we shared another common experience: the somewhat frustrating process of getting there and finding a place to stay!

Tags: OxfordJam. Oxford accommodation, Oxford transport, travelling to Oxford, OxfordJam sessions, London to Oxford, Compare and Share, Oxford Jam, Oxford accommodation, Oxford transport, travelling to Oxford, OxfordJam sessions, London to Oxford, Compare Oxford Jam, Compare

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The Sharing Economy Needs YOU!

The Sharing Economy Needs YOU!

March 18, 2014

It’s exciting times here at Compare and Share: we’ve recently launched our Accommodation section, soon to include over 1 million short-terms accommodation rentals. In December 2013 we made Crowdcube history as the first company to triple its crowdfunding target, but we’re far from done! One of the things we’re constantly doing is looking for ways to improve compareandshare.com in ways large and small, and this is where you come in!

Tags: sharing economy, global sharing day, accommodation, peer to peer, save money

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Compare and Share make Crowdfunding history on Crowdcube!

Compare and Share make Crowdfunding history on Crowdcube!

December 23, 2013

Compare and Share is the first company listed on Crowdcube to triple its initial target investment of £50k raising a total of £152,030. Investors included high profile names such as Oliver Rothschild and the largest contribution to the pot was £25k. This was all accomplished in less than three months, which is testament to the growing popularity and potential of the Sharing Economy, but also the drive and dedication of the founders Benita Matofska and Nick Tong who are on track to take Compare and Share to a mainstream audience within the next year. 

Tags: crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, crowdcube, investment, compare and share make history, make history, first comparison marketplace, asset sharing, access economy, sharing economy, compare and share, target investment, corporate share, investing in the sharing economy, peer-to-peer services, peer-to-peer, P2P, accommodation rentals

By Josh Alidina

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Sharing Economy: A year in review 2013

Sharing Economy: A year in review 2013

December 21, 2013

It’s been another sensational year for the Sharing Economy, the peer-to-peer (P2P) rental market alone is now worth an estimated $26bn (£15bn) with consumers earning £4.6bn from sharing services in the UK, and according to Zipcar's 'Pay As You Live' report, Brits could earn £12.4bn by sharing. More than 1 in 3 UK adults have now participated in car sharing (36%) and 39% say they would try it [source]. Google are now the largest investor in the Sharing Economy contributing around $366m [Jeremiah Owyang - Interview with SETV], Avis purchased Zipcar for $500m, Airbnb received over $120m in funding and TaskRabbit prepares to launch in the UK. 

Tags: sharing economy, a year in review, sharing economy in 2013, ride sharing, car sharing, rental, renting, rent accommodation, peer to peer, peer-to-peer services, the people who share, compare and share, global sharing day, zipcar, airbnb, flightcar, cheapest ways to travel

By Josh Alidina

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The world has never been more accommodating!

The world has never been more accommodating!

December 1, 2013

When Airbnb launched back in 2008, it was an instant hit. The platform enabled homeowners and renters to sublet their accommodation, allowing travellers from all over the world to stay in their apartments, lofts, bedrooms, airstreams, penthouses, treehouses, igloos and even private islands in Fiji! It gave people a means of monetising their underused assets without having to sell them. This empowering idea created a brand new market which combined  unique places to stay at prices that hotels couldn’t match. Moreover, the platform helped to bridge a social gap by connecting people who would otherwise never have connected before, creating an entirely new social sphere both online and offline.  

Tags: accommodation, aribnb, onefinestay, lovehomeswap, car sharing, sharing economy, home swapping, home renting, room renting, peer to peer, travel, stay in someones home, room share, sharing

By Josh Alidina

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Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for sharing!

November 21, 2013

Wow, well what a week it’s been so far. On Monday Compare and Share hosted a NESTA event pitching to a number of different corporates, investors and entrepreneurs. The impact was huge and within hours of the event finishing our investment had reached 99% on Crowdcube. All the hard work was literally paying off! With 1% still to go everyone in the Compare and Share team was a little on edge and then...Later that evening…

Tags: sharing economy, crowdfunding, investing, investing in the sharing economy, invest in sharing, crowdsourcing, crowdcube, level39, canary wharf, peer to peer, p2p, botsman, collaborative consumption, corporates, corporates share, save money, help the environment, the people who share, compare and share

By Josh Alidina

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Car Sharing: The Smarter way to drive

Car Sharing: The Smarter way to drive

November 14, 2013

If you haven’t heard about the car/ride sharing revolution that’s been happening around the world then let me give you the lowdown. Car and ride sharing has exploded in the last few years as more people are looking for smarter ways to save money and minimise their carbon footprint. Here are some of the reasons why people are moving away from a world of ownership to one of access.

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By Josh Alidina

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The average car sits idle for 23 hours a day. Time to revise your investment?

The average car sits idle for 23 hours a day. Time to revise your investment?

October 30, 2013

Right now if you own a car and you're reading this, there is a high probability that your vehicle is parked somewhere and not being used. According to Rachel Botsman one of the figureheads in the Sharing Economy movement, the average car remains idle for 23 hours each day. All that money you've been spending on maintenance, fuel, tax and insurance seems an awful lot for just one measly hour in the day, and that still doesn't include the money that you forked out to buy the car in the first place. Or maybe your car is on finance in which case you're going to have high additional monthly costs. Then of course you have to figure in the vehicle's depreciation and re-sale value. According to a recent study by the RAC, the average annual cost of motoring is over £6,000. Unless you own an Aston Martin the prospect of reaping back your investment is dwindling for every hour that passes. 

Tags: car sharing, collaborative consumption, travel, sharing economy, rachel botsman, save money, saving money, save money with your car, saving, sharing

By Josh Alidina

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Huffington Post

I've covered the sharing economy before in blog posts and podcasts. It absolutely fascinates me because it's such an emotive subject. The cost savings of using your neighbour's ladder rather than your own are pretty obvious but that's not why people take part in the sharing economy. They do it to reduce landfill, for "neighbourliness", to counter consumerism or just because it's right. It's like ordering tap water for environmental reasons.

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Compare and Share Go Live on CrowdCube

Compare and Share Go Live on CrowdCube

Having recently re-developed our asset-sharing technology we enter a new phase for Compare and Share, which kicks off with the launch of our crowdfunding campaign on CrowdCube on Friday 11th October.

 

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Share your car-bon footprint

Share your car-bon footprint

I was reading an article in the Guardian recently which summarises and discusses a whole host initiatives and ideas to help reduce car emissions. As I neared the end of the article I was dumbfounded to discover that car sharing hadn't once been mentioned.

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Is car sharing the future?

Is car sharing the future?

I've been reading some bad press lately aimed towards the global car sharing movement, with critics claiming that the last couple of years are simply the result of a 'fad'.

Tags: car sharing, sharing economy, whipcar, zipcar

By Josh Alidina

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Holiday for less by car sharing

Holiday for less by car sharing

May 28, 2013

Summer is making its way over to the U.K. and that means rain. So if you haven't booked your holiday yet, it's probably time that you did. Of course with a recession still looming, many of you have probably being putting your holidays on hold recently. With this in mind, you'll no doubt be looking for new ways to save money.

Tags: Travel, holiday, car sharing, P2P, saving

By Josh Alidina

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How to save £1,763.81 by Car Sharing

How to save £1,763.81 by Car Sharing

May 22, 2013

The site of an exorbitant water bill will without a doubt ruin your entire day, but it can also hamper your plans for the month or even the year. That festival you were planning on going to…Well you're not going anymore. Or what about that weekend away in Barcelona? Nope.

Thankfully there is a way of soothing this rather painful reality…Car sharing.

Tags: sharing, car sharing, business, guest blogs, saving

By Josh Alidina

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