On Saturday 18 August 2018, Liftshare celebrated its second decade as a business as we turned 20 years old!
How did it all begin?
As a student, Liftshare CEO Ali Clabburn needed a low-cost way to get home to Norfolk from University of Bristol for Christmas. He posted a request for a lift back to Norfolk on the student notice board, and the next day he had three lift offers! In 1998, Liftshare was born!
In 20 years, Liftshare has expanded to a 23-strong team and growing. We’ve moved from a small office in Attleborough to our swanky office in the centre of Norwich – including a slide and themed office spaces.
In 2003, we celebrated welcoming our 100,000th Liftshare member, today, in 2018 we have over 622,000 members across the UK all looking to share journeys with each other.
But we’re not just about car sharing! In 20 years we have built up a suite of award-winning products including: myPTP, Scoping Smart Mobility, and Trip Authentication.
We've also acquired a wonderful trophy cabinet full of awards, including: the Queen's Award for Innovation (2008); Ashden Award for Sustainable travel (2012) and the Norfolk and Norwich Eco Hero Award (2016), to name just a few!
You can see a list of the awards we have won so far, here.
Ali Clabburn, CEO, says of the last 20 years:
"I feel so lucky to have spent the last 20 years working on such an amazing project, blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people and delighted that I still love going to work every day. There is still so much to be done to help everyone to ‘travel happy’ but I look forward to doing everything I can to help that to happen."
Our fantastic team are on a mission! We want to solve the world’s mobility problems through car sharing. We have some huge goals to meet by 2020, including saving 1 billion car miles. We would love you to be part of our mission.
Getting involved is easy! To help us on our mission and to become a Super Commuter, simply add your regular journey (whether it’s as a driver or a passenger) and find someone going your way.
Once you've made arrangements with your match, if you’re the passenger send a request to share the journey. Once the driver has accepted, we know you’re sharing and it means that we can calculate the fantastic savings our members are making.
Alternatively, if you think your business could benefit from one or more of our fantastic products, you can find out more here.
In the last year alone, our members have saved:
- 180,870,548 miles
- 35,541 tonnes of CO2
What a year!