Sharing Economy UK announces new members

London, 9th September 2015, London: Sharing Economy UK (‘SEUK’), the trade body representing and championing the UK’s sharing economy industry, today welcomes a fresh cohort of 11 new members. Launched by 19 of the industry’s leading sharing economy businesses in March 2015, SEUK acts as a single voice for members from across the spectrum of sharing economy sectors, working closely with Government, calling for changes to better protect both consumers and sharing economy businesses.

The newest full members being unveiled today are:

  • AOGsmart.com: the platform bringing collaborative consumption to the aviation parts industry for the first time
  • Beds on Board: the platform connecting boat owners with accommodation seekers
  • car2go UK Ltd: the pioneer of “free-floating” car sharing
  • MBA & Company: a leading global marketplace for companies to access top tier business consulting talent
  • Timebanking UK: a national charity with a mission to offer support and resources to community time banks
  • Homestay: an online platform connecting guests with live-in hosts who open their homes to travellers.

Today also sees the announcement of five new Associate Members: Admiral Group, the UK based insurance company; Atkins, design, engineering and project management consultancy; Resort Development Organisation Ltd, the trade association for vacation ownership across Europe; Safe Share!a Specialist Insurance Business for the Sharing EconomyStripe, a suite of tools and APIs built to help businesses accept payments online and manage an online business; and Yoti, a digital identity system that provides a simple and secure way of proving and checking the identity of people; both online and face-to-face.

Today’s announcement follows a number of recent sharing economy developments, including Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement in the Summer Budget that the Rent-a-Room tax relief is to be increased from £4,250 to £7,500. July also saw the announcement from SEUK that the trade body is partnering with Oxford University’s Said Business School to develop the world’s first sharing economy trustmark, setting out responsible sharing best practice guidelines.

Debbie Wosskow, Chair of SEUK and founder and CEO of Love Home Swap, commented: “Since the launch of SEUK, our remit has been to be a vehicle of positive change for the sharing economy and the businesses within it. The progress we have made in such a short period of time is a source of pride for all involved and punctuated by a further influx of new members.”

“Furthermore, the inclusion of further changes to UK legislation in the Summer Budget, on the back of the work SEUK and its members are doing, is both validation and encouragement. We are very much looking forward to working with all 11 new members as we focus on the challenges ahead, particularly around developing and establishing the world’s first sharing trustmark.”

Further Details on Associate Members:

  • Admiral Group: Admiral is a UK based insurance company that first launched Multi Car Insurance cover
  • Atkins: Atkins’ Intelligent Mobility services offers a new way of thinking about how to connect people, places and goods across all transport modes
  • Resort Development Organisation Ltd: RDO is the Trade Association for vacation ownership across Europe
  • Safe Share!a Specialist Insurance Business for the Sharing Economy
  • Stripe: Stripe processes billions of pounds a year for some of the most successful sharing economy services and marketplaces on the Internet, including Love Home Swap, TaskRabbit, Hassle, Shopify and Kickstarter.
  • Yoti: a digital identity system that provides a simple and secure way of proving and checking the identity of people; both online and face-to-face

About SEUK:

Sharing Economy UK (‘SEUK’) is the trade body representing and championing the UK’s sharing economy industry – from some of the world’s most influential sharing economy businesses to innovative and industry-defining start-ups, across a spectrum of sectors.