Did you know that the Sharing Economy is growing rapidly and offers new ways of working and entrepreneurship? No? Well, that’s exactly why we decided to dedicate an episode to this exciting and increasingly important sector. It’s exciting because the possibilities are endless – from unlocking the value of assets (and earning £ from them), to trading of skills, space and materials, to sustainability and connecting with communities. This all sounds fantastic for entrepreneurs and gig workers alike, so we chatted to Juliet Eccleston, chair of Sharing Economy UK to find out more.
Juliet tells us what exactly the Sharing Economy is and why it is so exciting – the technology, income generation opportunities and ethical sustainability all make this a growth sector. It has fared well in the pandemic with many sharing economy businesses adapting to specifically support key workers and support their local community, so ensuring essential services continued.
You have probably heard of Airbnb and TaskRabbit, both of which are larger well-established businesses in the sharing economy, but there are many, many more!
The Sharing Economy is growing quickly, and is set to be worth an estimated £140 billion in 2025. This is probably the tip of the iceberg as there is still so much potential to be unlocked that will bring immense value to the UK’s economy as it recovers post-pandemic.
Join us to find out more!
About Juliet Eccleston
Juliet is Chair of Sharing Economy UK, the trade body for sharing economy businesses throughout the UK, and also founded a very successful business, AnyGood?, which is a sharing platform for professionals to recommend each other to fill vacant roles. Prior to this, Juliet was a seasoned contractor undertaking roles in many different industries, including financial services, retail and government. She noticed the recurring theme amongst them is that finding good people at a reasonable price is harder than it needs to be. Juliet began to see the immense possibilities of collaborative communities and focus on reputation, enabling a new concept to emerge; AnyGood? was borne.
Sharing Economy UK report report
Sharing Economy UK website
Sharing Economy UK twitter