Press Releases

4Feb

Revealed: Lost Property in London’s Minicabs

 


 

 

 

London’s Lost Property – Top 9 Minicab Miscellany Revealed

Kabbee, the multi-award-winning minicab price comparison and booking app, has today revealed the top nine strangest items left behind by London passengers in the backseat of its fleet’s minicabs.

The quick poll of Kabbee’s 60 London minicab fleets identified that along with mobile phones, keys, wallets, umbrellas, shoes, there are some unusual items getting left behind. The top nine are:

1)     Taxidermy fox

2)   Whip with latex underwear

3)   Diamond ring

4)   £5,000 cash

5)   Parrot

6)   Mini cheese grater

7)   Adult’s gold tooth

8)   Inflatable Zimmer frame

9)   Helium tank

Kabbee is prompting Londoners to check their belongings before leaving a cab, after a woman recently lost one of her trainers underneath the backseat, after it fell out of her rucksack.

Every month thousands of minicabs across London are booked via the Kabbee app, so it’s vital that its 600K users feel assured they will enjoy the ride, each, and every, time, and leave with all their belongings.

Justin Peters, Kabbee CEO & Founder comments on the top nine items found by minicab fleets: “The moment a passenger gets into a minicab, they put a great amount of trust in that driver. At Kabbee, we are encouraging our minicab fleets to reduce the amount of lost property found by drivers, by reminding passengers to check the back seat before they leave the vehicle, in the hope that no items are left behind.

“We put all licensed minicab firms through a tough 30-point check before they can provide quotes via the Kabbee app – and one of them is to ensure they have a full and accurate lost property folder, so that in the event that an item is left behind, it can be quickly returned to its owner.”

Duncan Blackett, CEO of iRide – a fleet on the Kabbee platform, comments: “It’s actually quite surprising to hear about some of the items left in the back of cars – a big one is scarves and gloves in the colder months, but we’ve seen boxes of chocolates, and lingerie on a few occasions, particularly around Valentine’s Day.”

 

13Nov

Kabbee is one of Britain’s fastest-growing start-ups

FT badges 19 April 2012

Kabbee, the multi-award-winning minicab price comparison and booking app, was announced yesterday as one of Britain’s fastest growing start-ups, as part of The Sunday Times’ Start-up Track 15 list.

The new league table for 2015, published by The Sunday Times yesterday, ranks the start-ups according to growth in sales over the last two years. Companies qualified if they grew annual sales during this time from more than £50,000 to over £1m – provided sales were less.

Kabbee secured a place on the list after seeing an increase of 257% in annual sales over the last two years, resulting in £1.3m in sales. The Start-up Track 15 list features other emerging brands such as fresh coffee delivery service Pact, which has offers available on Kabbee’s loyalty programme, Kabbee Treats

Last week, Kabbee launched a crowdfunding campaign targeting at least £1m of investment via Crowdcube, and has already received over 30% of its funding target in less than a week. The funding will be used to help Kabbee expand in major cities outside of London, whilst updating its established dispatch and GPS technology, supporting the best UK minicab firms.

Kabbee is on track to hit the £1m investment target before the end of November and by the end of 2015 the Kabbee app will have been downloaded 600,000 times, transporting 250,000 passengers on 1.75 million journeys.

Investors in this crowd round will be entitled to a stake of the business, as well as up to one year’s Kabbee Loyalty membership*, giving them free cab credit, executive journey upgrades, access to their 5 Minute Punctuality Promise**, and a wide range of treats from Kabbee’s partners.

Since its launch in 2011, Kabbee has received investment from two of the UK’s most successful ecommerce entrepreneurs, Ed Wray, co-founder of Betfair and Simon Nixon, founder of Moneysupermarket. Kabbee is also supported by Octopus Ventures, which backed Zoopla.

To invest in Kabbee today, please click here for more information.

Justin Peters, Kabbee’s CEO & Founder comments on the Sunday Times Sage Start-up Track 15 announcement: “Despite playing in the same space as the fastest growing company of all time, Kabbee has been growing successfully in London for four years, and revenues are on track to increase from £790K in 2013 to over £1.8m in 2015.

“We are delighted to be listed as one of Britain’s fastest growing start-ups, and we’re looking forward to Kabbee’s future and our plans for 2016.” 

10Sep

Airport passengers are being cheated out of £2.5billion by retailers

After last week’s duty free revelation, a study undertaken by Kabbee, the award-winning licensed minicab price comparison and booking app, has today revealed that airport retailers fail to pass on an average of £2.5billion of VAT savings* to passengers travelling outside of the EU, each year.

Helping hundreds of thousands of air travel passengers get the best minicab fares to and from London’s airports all year round, Kabbee asked 1,000 of its frequent flyers what they thought of the tax pocketing behaviour of airport-based retailers.

Each year, approximately 116.5million people fly to countries outside the EU from London airports** and only 37 percent of Londoners knew why they had to show their boarding pass when buying from Duty Free, leaving 63 percent in the dark.

Joining hundreds of Brits who have already said they will refuse to show their boarding passes, including MP Chris Bryant and Dragon’s Den Duncan Bannatyne, well over half of those asked (59 percent) now refuse to conform.

The study has also revealed what consumers want to see happen – a massive 72 percent of respondents are calling for airport retailers to introduce a two-tiered price structure for EU and non-EU travellers. A surprisingly large 28 percent of consumers said they were less bothered about the tax arrangements.

Kabbee is encouraging consumers to urge retailers to ‘pass on’ the 20 percent saving, making travel that little bit more cost-effective, just as Kabbee does via its competitive airport journey fares. Each year, around 30 percent of all bookings via the app are to and from London’s airports.

The licensed minicab firm has launched a petition to help consumers call for change. See the petition here.

MP David Gauke, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury showed his concern for consumers at airports last week, saying he wants retailers to pass on the savings to shoppers. He said “The VAT relief at airports is intended to reduce prices for travellers, not as a windfall gain for shops.

“While many retailers do pass this saving on to customers, it is disappointing that some are choosing not to. We urge all airside retailers to use this relief for the benefit of their customers.”

Justin Peters, Kabbee Founder and CEO comments on the findings: “We know consumers are looking for more options to help make additional savings when taking a holiday, and the 20 percent discount they are losing out on, points us to one obvious way they can do this.

“We see hundreds of thousands of passengers booking journeys to and from the airport via Kabbee, so we offer competitive fixed fares that include parking spaces, in addition to a meet and greet programme, whereby the driver will personally assist the passenger and meet them at a designated location within the arrivals area. We hope our petition will help to make a real difference.”

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Methodology

  • The study was conducted by Kabbee between 17/08/15 to 21/08/15 to 1,000 Kabbee users who have used the service to travel to / from a London airport in the last 12 months.
  • *Annual number of passengers flying to countries outside the EU from London airports (116.5 million) multiplied by average VAT paid in an airport (£21.31) equals £2.5billion of VAT held back.
  • The average VAT paid in an airport (£21.31) is calculated from the average spend per passenger in an airport (£127.84) by Londoners surveyed.
  • **116.5 million people fly to countries outside the EU from London airports each year, calculated by multiplying annual number of passengers flying from London airports (143 million) by percentage of Londoners surveyed that said they had flown outside the EU (81.4%).
  • The annual number of passengers who fly from London airports per year (143 million) is based on figures from each of the five airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton and London City).
26Jun

Airbnbs teams up with Kabbee for loyalty programme holiday

Beach

 

London’s award-winning minicab booking and comparison app Kabbee, today announced a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. Together, they will make it easier for Londoners to take a break this summer via the Kabbee Treats Loyalty Programme.

Kabbee polled 1,900 Londoners asking them if they were planning to go abroad this year and 86 percent said they will be, with more than a quarter (27 percent) taking a city break to urban destinations. Nearly 40 percent will be heading to the airport over the next few months to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday, whilst 18 percent will be visiting beloved family and friends.

Only one in ten Londoners (13 percent) will be residing in the UK for the rest of this year, mapping out their favorite ‘staycations’ this summer. With more affordable and convenient hospitality available through services such as Airbnb, more city dwellers are choosing to go away this year.

Shockingly, only 30 percent of respondents said that they prefer a full amenities hotel, with other popular choices being a resort hotel or villa. This suggests that modern day consumers are considering alternative options to the traditional hotel accommodation.

To encourage hard-working Londoners to take a break this summer, Airbnb is giving away 100 exclusive vouchers with £20 off for first-time users via Kabbee’s Loyalty Programme. In order to redeem a voucher, users must earn 400 miles on the app* to become a GoldBee whereby they will be rewarded with a range of other treats including LateRooms.com, Housekeep, Naked Wines and Pact Coffee.

Kabbee’s CEO & Founder, Justin Peters comments on the partnership: “We believe that every business model should be designed to make life easier for consumers and providing a service at the tip of their fingers, is doing exactly that.

“The Kabbee Treats Loyalty Programme is an industry-first we designed to offer a range of life-enhancing gifts for Londoners. Airbnb is a perfect match for us.”

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26Jun

Hasta la vista London, We’re off on our jollies! 9 in 10 Londoners are due to jet off abroad this summer

Aeroplane

 

City-dwellers are handing London over to the tourists to enjoy this summer, as 86 percent of locals say they intend to jet off in search of sunnier climes in the next few months. London’s travel plans have been revealed by Kabbee, London’s minicab comparison and booking app, to celebrate its new partnership with the world-leading community hospitality app Airbnb.

Kabbee, the minicab app used by 500,000 London-based passengers, polled 1,900 locals asking them if they were planning to go abroad this year and a whopping 86 percent said they will be, with 38 percent heading for the beach and 27 percent opting for a city break. Opting for a potentially ‘brisk break’, 13 percent of Londoners are planning a ‘staycation’ this summer.*

The poll was conducted to launch Kabbee’s latest loyalty programme partnership, with Airbnb, who will treat hard-working Londoners to £20 off their first booking.**

The poll also revealed that Londoners are not scrimping on their choice of accommodation either, with the majority opting for a hotel (31%), followed by any type of resort (23%), or a villa or cottage (16%).  Campsites were the least popular choice of holiday accommodation, with a tiny 0.8 percent keen to peg down during their time away.

To understand when the ‘holiday buzz’ begins, Kabbee recently found that around one in five British holidaymakers felt that their holiday started when the cab arrived to take them to the airport (17%), but almost a quarter of holidaymakers said it was arriving at the airport with plenty of time to spare, that gave them that bye-bye Britain buzz (23%).

Kabbee’s CEO & Founder, Justin Peters comments on London’s holiday plans: “Every year we see around 25 percent of all of our bookings going to and from London’s five airports. Admittedly, many of these are for business travel, but we know from speaking to our drivers that many airport passengers are taking a well-deserved break.

“Life in London is tough, making down time even more important, so it’s reassuring to see that people are swapping their laptops for sun loungers.”

*The poll of Londoners was conducted in May 2015

** In order to redeem a voucher, Kabbee users must earn 400 miles on the app to become a GoldBee. Kabbee’s users earn one mile for every £1 they spend, and earn more miles for referring friends via the app, booking an executive cab or travelling to/from the airport.

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26Jun

Apple Pay coming for Kabbee’s users next month

Apple pay

 

London’s award-wining minicab booking and comparison app Kabbee, will offer its users the ability to pay with Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay, when the system launches in the UK next month.

The integration of Apple Pay makes it even easier for users to book journeys using the Kabbee app, allowing them to book a cab in just a few taps. It will improve the experience for Kabbee’s existing users, but also make it quick and convenient for new users to book and pay for a cab on-demand.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of your card.

Kabbee is offering Apple Pay within its app, available on the App Store. Users must simply use their fingerprint and with the power of TouchID, it will authenticate purchases in the Apple Store and certain apps. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Alex Kershaw, Product Director of Kabbee said: We’re excited to be one of the first travel apps to support Apple Pay in the UK. We are always looking for new ways to speed up the booking and payment process on the app, to continue to meet the demands of busy Londoners. By integrating Apple Pay, we will provide our users with a quick and more secure payment process, enhancing the overall experience on the app. Kabbee is committed to being an industry leader in technology and innovation, with its recent product launches including its loyalty programme, Kabbee Treats.”

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit: www.apple.com/uk/apple-pay/

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3Apr

Are we nearly there yet? Brits aren’t off on their holidays until they get to the airport, a study reveals

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Filling in a holiday request form at work, or packing our suitcase no longer gives us Brits that ‘holiday feeling’. We keep it all bottled up until we arrive at the airport, according to a consumer study undertake by minicab comparison and booking app, Kabbee.

Helping hundreds of thousands of travellers get the best minicab fares to and from London’s five airports each year, Kabbee was keen to understand when that all-important holiday feeling really kicked in. Around one in five British holidaymakers said it was when the cab arrived to take them to the airport (17%), but almost a quarter of holidaymakers said it was arriving at the airport with plenty of time to spare that gave them that bye-bye Britain buzz (23%).

The younger the holidaymakers, the earlier the buzz begins, with 23 percent of all 25-34 year olds saying their holiday begins when they turn off their emails and leave work, compared to just 16 percent of those aged 35-44 saying it’s not until they get to the airport that they can let their hair down (23%).

Justin Peters, Kabbee Founder and CEO comments on the findings: “Generally, holidaymakers book ahead – we see around 90 percent of the hundreds of thousands of airport journeys booked via the Kabbee app coming in well in advance of the departure date. 

“We prompt anyone travelling to the airport to enter their flight number to the app, which means a driver can be waiting for them in arrivals, after actively tracking the live arrival time of their return flight. 

“This study reveals how passionate we are about those well-deserved holidays, making it even more paramount that the airport journey is seamless, and to make sure there is a hassle-free service waiting for holidaymakers as they return home.”

18Mar

Kabbee Urges TfL to Increase 20mph Zones to 30mph After 8pm

Founder and CEO of Kabbee, London’s leading licensed minicab app, has today submitted an open-letter to Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport regarding the 20mph restriction. The letter is urging him to consider removing the 20mph restriction after 8pm, to keep traffic moving at times when many pedestrians become passengers.

To support the interests of the app’s 500K users, and its 6,000 cars across 60 plus fleets that serve them, Justin Peters, Founder and CEO of Kabbee wrote in an open letter to Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, in reponse to news of eight more 20mph zones being introduced in London:

‘At Kabbee, we liaise closely with more than 60 of London’s best licensed minicab fleets on a regular basis, and therefore understand their requirements to move around the city and provide an effective service to London’s passengers.

‘The reasons behind the new safety measures is clear, and passenger and pedestrian safety is paramount to all professional drivers in London – we work closely with all fleets on our platform to ensure that safety measures are prioritised at all times. However, to impose the new 20mph speed restrictions 24 hours a day, will negatively impact the flow of traffic, unnecessarily.’

‘During high pedestrian footfall periods (from 7am until 8pm) the 20mph speed restriction is sensible, however after 8pm at night, when more pedestrians become passengers, our recommendation is that the speed limit should return to 30mph to promote a better flow of traffic and keep the city moving.’

Justin Peters comments on the introduction of eight new 20mph zones in the city:

“Kabbee is designed to ‘Make Minicabs Mighty’, in order to help Londoners move around the city – this request is part of our mission.  A safe environment for all road users is number one on our list of priorities, and second to that is a good flow of traffic to keep London moving.

“We think our request to return to the 30mph zone between 8pm and 7am is sensible, and helps to promote a safer environment during the busier daytime period, and improved traffic flow in the evening when a large percentage of pedestrians choose to become passengers.”

The full open letter has been featured on Kabbee’s blog here.

18Mar

No time to waste – Brits say their time is worth £388 an hour on average

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Research from the licensed minicab booking and comparison app, Kabbee has revealed that Brits consider their time is worth £338 per hour, on average, leaving no time to waste waiting around for buses, or cleaning their own homes.

The study, commissioned by Kabbee asked 1,000 employed adults in the UK how much an hour of their life is worth in monetary value, revealing the power of apps and why consumers use their Smartphone as an invaluable timesaving device.

Despite having broken through the glass ceiling in recent years, UK women still value their time at 15 percent lower than men value theirs (females said £315, compared to men who said £362 per hour).

The group that think their time is worth the most are those aged 18-24, who put the figure of £464 on an hour of their time, compared to those aged 45 to 54 who said £208 an hour.

The study also revealed the ‘average monetary value of one person’s time’ by city:

City

Average value per hour

Leeds £596.92
Oxford £480.08
Cambridge £409.61
London £390.00
Newcastle £320.93
Glasgow £314.58
Bristol £284.21
Birmingham £269.01
Leicester £226.54
Cardiff £217.54
Manchester £192.06
Belfast £46.94

 

The study was commissioned to celebrate the partnership with Housekeep, the award-winning online booking platform for regular home cleaners, joining Kabbee Treats Loyalty Programme, which gives passengers access to life-enhancing services and offers, which are rewarded based on the amount spent on minicab journeys.

Previous research from Housekeep showed that 70 percent of homeowners spend more than three hours a week doing household cleaning, tidying and chores, which amounts to a potential £1,164 worth of their time, based on the average being £388 per hour.

Justin Peters, CEO and Founder of Kabbee comments on the value Brits put on their time:

“We know from previous research that one of the main reasons people use Kabbee is because we aggregate 70+ fleets, saving passengers from calling around for the best price, or to find an available cab. It’s all about time-saving solutions today, and that’s why we partner with a similar service like Housekeep.

“Last year we asked our users what they like most about Kabbee, and 82 percent said they love the life-enhancing treats that we provide through our Loyalty Programme so we’re always looking for new partners to join us to expand the treats we can offer.”

Avin Rabheru, Founder & CEO of Housekeep comments on the findings:

“Everyone’s lives have become so busy, and multi-tasking has become the norm, meaning it’s become even more difficult to find time for cleaning your home and those ‘I’ll do it later’ type chores - whilst at the same time coming to a lovely, sparkling home is an even better feeling. 

“At Housekeep, we pride ourselves on finding trustworthy, experienced home cleaners who go that extra mile to make life easier for householders. This study has confirmed our understanding of how busy people are, and how precious time is, making services like ours and Kabbee’s extremely valuable.”

10Feb

London’s ladies leading the way to love this Valentine’s Day

Under embargo until 00:01 on Wednesday 11th February 2015

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Kabbee, London’s leading licensed minicab booking and comparison app has partnered with the UK’s top-rated online florist, Bloom & Wild to reveal the behavior of London’s lovebirds leading up to Valentine’s Day.

The city’s fiercest females are steering their partner’s wheels for Valentine’s Day, with them making 50 percent of all minicab pre-bookings. Transport isn’t the only thing ladies are sorting for their partner – half of all romantic bouquets ordered from Bloom & Wild last year, including red roses, frosted eucalyptus and red lilies, were placed by ladies for their loved ones.

That said, males booked minicab journeys that took them much further afield, amounting to a £1K spend over the amount of fares paid by women last Valentine’s Day. In 2014, Kabbee recorded a significant increase in bookings made on Valentine’s Day compared to the rest of the year, meaning that couples want a private, comfortable journey to their destination.

And who said that Londoners are too busy for love? Despite many Londoners complaining of being time-poor, the majority still have time to please their nearest and dearest. Figures from Bloom & Wild reveal that 45 percent of orders were made five days or more in advance. Similarly, 65 percent of Kabbee’s users booked their journeys in advance.

Justin Peters, CEO and Founder of Kabbee comments on the trends: “Londoners are known for their busy lifestyles and always being on the move, but based on these findings, we’re more romantic that we let ourselves believe.

“Kabbee helps to keep London moving by providing a 24/7 service and we enable our users to book up to three months in advance or immediately via cash, card or account.”

Aron Gelbard, Co-founder & CEO of Bloom & Wild comments on the findings: “Valentine’s Day is one of our busiest days of the year, so pre-orders are always welcome, but last minute orders are expected.  This year is really big for us as Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, meaning more people will be at home rather than work.  Our fresh flower deliveries fit through the letterbox, making it a perfect treat to wake up to.”

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For more information please contact the Kabbee press office at Sense Communications at Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

 

Notes to Editor

About Kabbee:

  • Kabbee lets users instantly compare quotes from more than 70 leading London fleets – based on price, time, location and type of car – and then book and pay by cash, card or pre-paid account. This saves passengers time and money and increases fleet efficiency.
  • Kabbee was launched in June 2011 and has had more than 500,000 app downloads to date.
  • Kabbee launched its ‘Kabbee Treats’ loyalty programme in 2014, which rewards its users with goodies from Kabbee and popular London-based brands. The app’s top users will be entitled to a selection of rewards, based on how many miles they have earned via Kabbee over a three month period. Kabbee’s users earn one mile for every £1 they spend, and earn more miles for referring friends to Kabbee, and booking an executive car for their journey. Users can earn double miles by booking airport journeys from 20th February 2015.
  • Kabbee incentivises its users to earn credit with its Free Cabs programme. By simply sharing their referral code the user gets £10 free credit for any friend who makes their first new account booking and their friend will automatically get £10 free credit too! Please refer to full T&Cs.
  • Kabbee won the UK Mobile App & Design Awards for ‘Best Startup App’ in June 2014.
  • Kabbee was recently named as a ‘Future 50 Brand’ by Real Business, for being one of Britain’s most exciting and disruptive new businesses.
  • Kabbee’s CEO was awarded Bronze for Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
  • Kabbee won Bronze for ‘Best Travel & Tourism App’, as voted for by The Appys Awards 2014.

 

About Bloom & Wild:

  • Bloom & Wild is an online florist with a fresh approach to sending flowers. Their aim is to make sending flowers as simple as sending a text, and receiving them as easy as receiving a letter.
  • Bloom & Wild launched in September 2013 and now send thousands of flower bouquets a week.
  • Co-founders Aron Gelbard and Ben Stanway developed their award-winning Letterbox packaging to enable a bouquet of fresh flowers to be delivered through any standard letterbox in the UK via Royal Mail First Class. This means there is no need for the recipient to wait in for the delivery, and as the flowers are shipped soon after they are cut they are longer lasting.
  • Bloom & Wild’s signature attention to detail ensures a simply beautiful gift experience for the recipient. Flower heads are individually netted to protect each petal in transit, and every box is packaged by hand with care and perfected with thoughtful finishing touches.
  • Bloom & Wild launched their own iPhone app in November 2014, so you can select and send fresh flowers in 30 seconds. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or at bloomandwild.com/app
  • Bloom & Wild is already the UK’s top rated flower company with an average score of 4.82 out of 5 on independent reviews website reviews.co.uk.

 

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