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12Jun

Stay out and support the boys, it’s our job to get you home

Support the boys in Brazil this Summer

Support the boys in Brazil this Summer

So you’re out on Saturday night with your mates, watching England’s first match of the 2014 World Cup campaign, against Italy after a long four year wait. You’re not sure how you’re getting home as the tubes will be stopping shortly after midnight – but you can’t risk missing the boys finish their first match.

Why not take the hassle out of your night and book a Kabbee in advance? It only takes 5 simple taps and you can track your Kabbee as it makes its way to you.

Kabbee is available to download for free on web, iOS, Android and Blackberry.

Oh by the way, Kabbee has also just launched on Windows 8 phones – we’ve got it all covered!

Not going to watch the football but know someone who is? You can refer-a-friend via our app and score them some credit.

And on that note… C’MON ENGLAND!!!

 

8Jun

Protest-proof your Wednesday, with Kabbee

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Ahead of London coming to a standstill on Wednesday, we thought we’d explain to our lovely users what it’s all about, and what you can do to ‘protest-proof’ your day.

What’s happening?

On Wednesday 11th June, 15,000 black cabs will protest by parking up in London’s Trafalgar Square from 2pm, with the aim to cause gridlock in London and its surrounding areas.  They’re protesting about a decision TFL has recently made regarding a particular minicab app that they feel isn’t playing by the rules.

Kabbee’s top tips to ‘protest-proof’ your day  

  • Have a chat with your boss casually drop in the suggestion of working from home….if that’s not going to happen, read on…..
  • Multiply normal commute time by 3 – that’s how long it’s going to take to get in and out of London
  • Don’t rely on your normal mode of transport – we’ve all seen what happens when a leaf is dropped into a line of ants….just as ants do, us Londoners panic.  Every carriage, bus stop, tube train will be packed out (even more than normal)
  • Book ahead – by booking in advance via Kabbee, you’ll have a better chance of getting a minicab to your destination.  It may take a bit longer, but it’ll get you there!
  • With more demand, and less supply (due to busier roads), the cost of minicabs may increase, so be sure to book via Kabbee and get the best fixed price available (that way you don’t pay for sitting in traffic)

Check in to our social media channels throughout the day – we’ll be sharing live updates on how London is affected!

6Jun

Kabbee CEO requests TFL to allow minicabs to use bus lanes

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 Justin Peters

CEO and Founder of Kabbee

1 The Broadway

Crouch End

London

N8 8DU

Friday 6th June, 2014

Leon Daniels

Transport for London

11th Floor, Zone R4

Palestra

197 Blackfriars Road

London

SE1 8NJ

Dear Leon,

I am writing to request temporary access to London’s bus lanes for licensed minicabs from 2pm on Wednesday 11th June 2014, during the time that black cab drivers plan to demonstrate.

The fact that black cabs won’t be using the bus lanes, we hope that you will consider granting minicabs access, to attempt to keep London moving.

Since our launch in June 2011, the Kabbee app has been downloaded by more than 400,000 Londoners, who use the app to access 70 fleets and over 10,000 licensed minicabs.  Kabbee is designed to Make Minicabs Mighty, to help Londoners move around the city – this request is part of our mission.

You may remember that during London’s recent tube strikes, I personally asked for Transport for London to grant London’s licensed minicabs temporary access to bus lanes, to which you replied:

‘During the recent RMT strike the largest number of buses ever were deployed on London’s streets, carrying around an extra million passengers and playing a crucial role in keeping London moving.

‘To allow additional traffic to use our bus lanes, including private hire vehicles, would only cause disruption to these services which would make no sense at all.’

During the hours when 15,000 black cabs are going to be absent from the bus lanes, surely it makes sense to allow minicabs to keep London moving.

I, along with millions of Londoners, would appreciate your consideration of this request, and if you are unable grant permission, please quantify your reason for this.

Yours sincerely,

Justin Peters

CEO & Founder, Kabbee

21May

‘Bee Kind’ to Nature and Win!

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All pots, no Peonies? How ‘Bee Kind’ is your garden? Win tickets and be inspired!

To remind  Londoners to do their best to make their gardens ‘Bee Kind‘, Kabbee has launched a campaign, whereby it will donate £1 for every journey booked via Kabbee to and from the fabulous (and fully booked) Chelsea Flower Show.*

As an official supporter of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Kabbee is keen to support the charity’s efforts to put a halt on the reducing bee population in the UK.

Lucy Rothstein, CEO of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, is delighted to receive the donations. She comments: ”What a brilliant way to generate support for our endangered bumblebees. We wish more companies like this would get involved raising funds for our important work.”

How Bee Kind is your Garden? Take the quiz here.

Win tickets**

We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win 2 x tickets to the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on 8-13th July. All you have to do is retweet or share the competition posts by Saturday 24th May at 3pm to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 28th May 2014 via social media.

*From 11am on Wednesday 21st May, through to 10pm on Saturday 24th May 2014.

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Terms and conditions 

The competition includes a prize of two adult tickets to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 8-13th July.  Entrants must have ‘shared’ the relevant post on Facebook, or retweeted the relevant tweet on twitter, as directed to be entered into the competition, before 3pm on Saturday 24th June 2014.

One winner will be selected at random by a Kabbee representative on Wednesday 28th May 2014, who will be notified via their social media channels.  Tickets will be sent direct to the winner’s chosen postal address.

8Apr

Love is in the Fare

Take the fast lane to meet  Mr or Mrs Right - courtesy of Kabbee

Take the fast lane to meet Mr or Mrs Right – courtesy of Kabbee

As any Bridget Jones fans will know, London is home to millions of singletons, but the shocking fact is that despite the explosion of online dating over the last decade, there’s now three million more single people than there was 10 years ago – shock horror! This spring, Kabbee is playing cupid by creating direct routes to where London’s singletons are hiding out – based on publicly available ONS census data.*

To make life easier, Kabbee has created three virtual Love Lanes for single men and women right across London to explore, giving them the best odds of meeting Mr or Mrs Right. So where are London’s singletons hiding?

Single females

  • Camden (54%)
  • Hackney (54%)
  • Islington (60%)

 Single males

  • Whitechapel (60%)
  • West End (57%)
  • St James’s (56%)

We asked our minicab cupid (aka Kabbee CEO) Justin Peters what he thinks about Love Lanes – he said:  “Kabbee is designed to make life easier for everyone, which includes those looking for love. We use location-based technology to help licensed minicab drivers get more jobs, help passengers get the best fare whenever and wherever they are, and now we’re uniting London’s singletons at the touch of a button.”

How can you get involved? The £10 free Love Lane credit is available for new users registering with Kabbee and can be redeemed between 09/04/2014 and 25/05/2014 to or from any of the 6 locations. To get your free credit simply create a new Kabbee account using the promo code HONEYLOVE and book your first journey using the prepaid account option.

Existing user, but want to benefit? All you need to do is to get your single mate to join and then go halves on the fare!  You’ll receive an extra £10 credit as part of our ‘Free Cabs’ programme. You’ve scored already!

*http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/interactive/census-map-analysis—singles/index.html 

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