First of all a belated Happy New Year! We all start the year thinking what will it hold for us and what joys the first month of the year will bring. We were no different here at RentMyItems!
2013 ended very positively. Named by Management Today as one of the “5 Top Share Economy Startups” and with only a few days of the year left we welcomed a CTO to the team. We are now looking to redevelop our website over the next few months to enhance our user experience and add some exciting new features.
And so on to this year and what has been a very busy couple of weeks. Not only do we have an array of new items listed on the site from a static caravan in Norfolk to a ball gown in London and a variety of carpet cleaners in Harrow, we have had further press coverage and visited Downing Street.
We were featured in an Evening Standard article (that also appeared in The Independent i) entitled “Make money from your buying mistakes” and highlighted the growth of the online rental revolution. Then, on Friday 17th, we were invited by the Cabinet Office to No.10 Downing Street to take part in an event to celebrate the success of the Sharing Economy in the UK, publicise the scale of its ambition and look forward to a wider strategy that sees the UK at the forefront of a fundamental change in how we produce, consume and deliver. It formed part of a wider initiative of the Government’s new “Challenger Business” programme to identify and lower barriers for disruptive businesses. Many of our peers were in attendance including a number of our Savvy Earner partners. It was a great event of workshops and discussions with civil servants in attendance who will now put together a paper that will be presented to the Cabinet in order for them to action what was discussed by us all. George Osborne, Lord Young and Ed Vaizey were all in attendance and so we hope to see some positive steps made by Government in support of the Sharing Economy. All finished off with a spot of lunch in No.11. A good day had by all we think!
Rosie Bennett from Storenextdoor and Alex Stephany from Parkatmyhouse were interviewed for this insightful article from Marketing Week about the growth of the ‘sharing economy’ in the UK.
Here are some interesting statistics from the article sourced by market research firm GfK:
Percentage of the UK online population that has used a website to hire items or services from other people
The average annual spend of those who hire goods from other people
Percentage of people who are somewhat or very likely to rent out their goods online in the future
Percentage of people who hire out their goods who believe it is cost-effective
Percentage of people who hire out their goods who believe it is socially responsible
Read the full article at Marketing Week:
We are delighted to be one of the companies featured in this article by Tech City News. It makes us feel good inside to have been mentioned! We’re sure it does for onefinestay, Echo, Movebubble and FarmDrop too. Have a read:
5 Sharing Economy Startups That’ll Make You Feel Good Inside
With a grey sky outside and much gusting the trees are looking weary and troubled – and leaves are falling off in a steady torrent reminding all with gardens that now is the time to get lawns mown, leaves collected and composted, borders and shrubs cut bank, and branches trimmed – in fact the perfect time to rent garden equipment from your neighbour or someone in your community with an allotment and therefore equipment to hire to others.
To much woody greenery and, unless you have garden waste collection like some forward thinking Councils, little place to put it. So why not rent a shredder and compost instead? This one is available in Sudbury so if you are in the area and your garden is crying out for some TLC, visit the site and hire it from Rentor Jason – he’s also got a large capacity roof box though we can’t guarantee it will fit the shredder inside!
RentMyItems.com is all about making money, saving money, and being green. Certainly by becoming a Rentee and renting an item such as a shredder from the site you will be helping someone in your local comunity make a little bit of extra cash (and it is very likely they will spend that locally also), you will be saving money by not having to go out and buy the shredder yourself, and you will be being green, in this instance not only by using someone else’s shredder and therefore saving on the materials and energy used to make a new one, but you will also be making your own compost – what could be greener?
So whether it’s a lawnmover in Reading, a leaf blower/vac in Perth, or a hedge trimmer in Fordingbridge visit RentMyItems.com and have a trawl around the site. And if you have little used garden equipment of you own, or you have tidied your garden for the winter months and all is sitting in a shed, become a Rentor and make a little money instead of that little-used item just gathering dust.