7Jan

Double Kabbee miles in January!

Double Miles

This month we’re offering you double Kabbee miles with each booking you make*. Not only that, if you make just one booking in January you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday worth £1,000 with our Kabbee Treats partner LateRooms.com.

Get fantastic treats from Kabbee and our amazing partners. We’re also very pleased to welcome Bloom & Wild on board our loyalty programme. Now you can choose from an even wider range of treats – blooming brilliant!

*Loyalty programme is not available to view on Blackberry, Windows and Kindle at the moment. To view your status and treats please sign in to the app and website.

Happy Travels,

The Kabbee Team

4Jan

Bus strike to hit commuters on first day back to work

London bus drivers strike over pay

After such a relaxing Christmas and New Year break, getting to work on Monday (5th Jan) is going to be hard enough, without….wait for it…..bus strikes. “Noooooo” we hear you cry.

Due to dispute over pay, buses on a 23 routes in East, Central and West London will not be running, leaving commuters to find other ways to get to work.  The strike is planned between 00:01 and 23:59 and will also affect some services operating on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday 6 January, too.

So, will you be affected?  

Routes likely to be affected include:

  • 23 (24 hour route) – Liverpool Street to Westbourne Park
  • 25 (24 hour route) – Oxford Circus to Ilford
  • 26 – Waterloo to Hackney Wick
  • 28 – Kensal Rise to Wandsworth
  • 30 – Hackney Wick to Marble Arch
  • 31 – Camden Town to White City
  • 58 – East Ham to Walthamstow Central
  • 70 – Acton to South Kensington
  • 236 – Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick
  • 266 (24 hour route) – Brent Cross Shopping Centre to Hammersmith
  • 295 (24 hour route) – Ladbroke Grove to Clapham Junction
  • 308 – Wanstead to Clapton
  • 328 – Golders Green to Chelsea
  • 339 – Leytonstone to Shadwell
  • 425 – Clapton to Stratford
  • N26 – Trafalgar Square to Chingford
  • N28 – Camden Town to Wandsworth
  • N31 – Camden Town to Clapham Junction
  • N550 – Trafalgar Square to Canning Town
  • N551 – Piccadilly Circus to Galleons Reach
  • RV1 – Covent Garden to Tower Gateway
  • W14 – Leyton to Woodford Bright
  • W15 – Cogan Avenue Estate to Hackney Town Hall

To read more about the strike, please click here.

Kabbee to the rescue

We thought we’d let you know now, so you can be organised and pre-book a licensed minicab, or arrange another route to work.  You might want to alert your nearest and dearest colleagues too, to save them rocking up late on day one in the office of 2015.  If you share your dedicated in-app referral code with anyone who is going to struggle, you and them will benefit from £10 Kabbee credit too!  Sweet. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Happy New Year, London!

The Kabbee Team

 

4Jan

January 5th bus strikes

On 5th January there is a scheduled bus strike (pay dispute), which is going to affect lots of London routes.  This is a major issue as it will be the first day back to work for many, and as people won’t have been online, etc, they may be surprised to find out the news on Monday morning when they get to the bus stop

The strike is planned between 00:01 and 23:59 and will also affect some services operating on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday 6 January.

Twenty three bus routes operating in east and west London are affected, including some routes which travel into central London

To see more details about the strikes and the routes that will be affected, please click here.

15Dec

Kabbee is a finalist for the 2015 London Transport Awards!

LTA logo

We are very pleased to announce that Kabbee has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 London Transport Awards. Kabbee is a finalist in the ‘Taxi & Private Hire Innovator of the Year’ category and is up against some of its biggest competitors – so fingers crossed!

The awards ceremony will be held on March 15th 2015. To see more details about the awards, please click here.

5Dec

Kabbee celebrates with the best-performing fleets of 2014!

London’s best licensed minicab fleets and drivers are being rewarded every month by Kabbee as part of its Stars of the Month incentive. In addition Kabbee hosted its annual Fleet Awards on Tuesday evening to celebrate the success of fleets from across London.

To recognise the best performing fleets in 2014, Kabbee gave out seven trophies to the winners at their Fleet Awards in Central London. Let’s catch-up with a few of the winners to hear what they have to say…

Driver of the Year 2014

 

Winning driver joins fleet owner to claim his trophy

Winning driver joins fleet owner to claim his trophy

Name: Hassan M Abudlle

Drives for: Airport Express

One in a million: Hassan is shocked to be crowned Driver of the Year of 2014, “Wow…what a big surprise – I am shocked. Well, not completely shocked because I have put in a big effort all year round and looked after my passengers, but it’s just such a big deal to win this award out of thousands of minicab drivers. I am very grateful to Kabbee for recognising my hard work and hopefully you’ll see me again next year!

“My main job as a minicab driver is airport transfers – nearly every day I drive to and from London’s airports, meeting new people on the way. I’ve learnt to really understand my passengers’ needs and know when they need extra support from me with luggage, directions etc. I must say, I’m always on time and enjoy providing a reliable service to everyone.”

Fleet of the Year 2014 / Best ASAP Fleet

 

Fleet owner, Sean McGrath scoops two awards

Fleet owner, Sean McGrath scoops two awards

Fleet name: Airport Direct

Fleet owner: Sean McGrath

Sean’s fleet has been with Kabbee right from the start, and scooped two awards this year. He comments, “I would say it all comes down to my amazing staff…they do their jobs properly and I can’t ever fault them. We have taken the time to learn about software systems and the most effective ways to use them, and training the staff plays a vital role in that. Our team swap shifts from morning to evening, so to maintain the continuity we rely on Kabbee to support us.

“We have a very collaborative approach with Kabbee, so that we can make the best out of the system and deal with supply and demand efficiently. Although we’ve made mistakes in the past, Kabbee has always taught us how to improve and their lovely customer service team are always at the end of the phone for us. By working closely together, we are able to increase the number of drivers coming onboard and will continue to fight against other fast-growing apps in the market to build the platform.”

Best Coverage Fleet

 

Swiss Cottage fleet owner Raj with Kabbee's CEO

Swiss Cottage fleet owner Raj with Kabbee’s CEO

Fleet name: Raj Swiss

Fleet owner: Swiss Cottage Cars

Since 1983, Swiss Cottage Cars has grown from just one car to 400 loyal drivers. Raj tells us how he won Best Coverage Fleet: “It’s great to win an award like this – very encouraging for our fleet, and proves how brilliant technology is. Our fleet has implemented the Live Plot technology to improve the despatch software and cut dead mileage for drivers. Every fleet should have Live Plot on 24/7.

“We are a big fleet and cover most Kabbee jobs, which are always good. The software has really improved over the years, and I am seeing the results now. There has been lots of competition recently but we welcome it, in fact it’s healthy for us – it means we have to step up our game and continue to improve. We do everything we can to support our drivers because we want them to enjoy working with us, and be a part of the team long-term.”

27Nov

Kabbee launches #TubeFreeFriday Campaign to Help Londoners

Press release for immediate release – Thursday 27th November 2014

Tube busy

Kabbee, London’s leading licensed minicab comparison and booking app, has launched a free cabs campaign named #TubeFreeFriday, giving journeys away for free, in a bid to help Londoners avoid the tube cram caused by MasterCard’s #FareFreeFriday.

After hearing that last Friday’s #FareFreeFriday attracted record numbers of tube travelers, Kabbee is launching #TubeFreeFriday, to give away 100 free journeys using the code TGIF20, and double miles via its loyalty programme ‘Kabbee Treats’ for journeys booked on Friday 28th November 2014.*

Kabbee is London’s leading minicab app, helping over 500,000 users get around the city via a mighty minicab.  Its users generate 1,000 quotes per minute for over 70 of London’s best minicab fleets.  During peak commute times, Kabbee sees a 29% uplift in bookings, on average.**

Justin Peters, London-born Founder and CEO of Kabbee, comments on launching the campaign: “We’re big believers in giving Londoners as much choice as possible, and by launching #TubeFreeFriday, we’re giving commuters another cost-effective option to avoid the big tube squeeze this Friday.”

Kabbee users who take a minicab during Friday 28th November will receive double miles, via the Kabbee Treats programme, which launched earlier this month.  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 can earn more miles by referring a friend, by upgrading to a premium car for their journey, or booking a minicab this Friday.

The loyalty programme rewards passengers with ‘miles’ for every journey, which convert into treats from Kabbee and some great brands such as LateRooms.com, Naked Wines, Pact Coffee, Hubbub, Housekeep, LOVESPACE and La Gourmandina.

Kabbee Treats also includes a full refund for late cabs as part of its ‘5 Minute Punctuality Promise’***, an upgrade to a premium car and free credit to say thank you to loyal users.

Kabbee has recently launched its GPS live plotting technology that reduces waiting time for London’s everyday heroes up to 14 minutes on average, and cuts dead mileage for cabbies in half.

*Please see T&Cs here: http://blog.kabbee.com/?p=2390

** Based on journeys booked via Kabbee from Monday to Friday 7-9am and 5-7pm Jan-Nov 2014

***Please see full T&Cs here: http://blog.kabbee.com/news/kabbee-treats-get-miles-ahead/

 

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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 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 has recently launched its ‘Kabbee Treats’ loyalty programme, which rewards its users with goodies from Kabbee and some great brands such as LateRooms.com, Naked Wines, Pact Coffee, Hubbub, Housekeep, LOVESPACE and La Gourmandina. 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 can earn more miles by referring a friend, or by upgrading to a premium car for their journey.
  • 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.

 

 

24Nov

Kabbee’s CEO wins Bronze for Great British Entrepreneur!

We are delighted to announce that Kabbee’s Founder & CEO, Justin Peters was awarded Bronze for Urban Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards were a celebration of entrepreneurial spirit, proving that Britain means business and entrepreneurialism is thriving.

To see the full list of winners, please click here.

 

24Nov

Kabbee won Bronze for The Appys Awards!

 

appys winner bronze 2014

We are delighted to announce that Kabbee was awarded Bronze for Best Travel & Tourism App for The Appys Awards 2014.

The app industry is without doubt the fastest-growing publishing sector in the history of human kind. It is phenomenal and The Appys has awarded Kabbee for its friendly user experience and range of travel options.

To see the full list of winners, please click here: http://www.theappys.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/The-Appys-2014-WINNERS-LIST-FOR-UPLOAD.pdf

 

17Nov

Name our hero!

#NamreOurHero image

Competition Outline

The Name Our Hero competition will run from 17th November to Sunday 30th of December, 2014, and will be run in two parts.

The prize for suggesting the winning name will be £25 Kabbee credit and tickets for two to Broadgate Ice rink. The prizes are non-transferrable.

Part One – Promoted Facebook Post – Submit Names

Kabbee will run a promoted post from 9am on 17th November to midnight on 23rd of November, 2014.

The post will ask the audience to suggest names for London’s hero in the comment section.  Users will then be able to vote for their favourite name by liking other people’s name suggestion comments. There is no limit on the number of likes a single person can make.

The post will close at midnight on the 23rd of November. The five names with the most likes and engagement on a comment at this time will be chosen to take part in Part Two of the competition.

Part Two – Promoted Facebook Post – Vote for names

Part Two of the campaign will run from 9am on the 24th November to midnight on the 30th of November.

Kabbee will create a post announcing the top 5 names and users will be asked to vote for their favourite one.

Voting will be done by users writing their favourite name in the comments section under the post, limited to one vote per person.

The name with the most votes when the competition closes at midnight on the 30th November will be deemed the winner.

Kabbee will announce the winning name on the 1st of December by posting a photo of the hero and his official name, and tagging the winner in the post.

Kabbee will then DM the winner, congratulating him/her on their win, and asking for contact details to arrange the prize.

If there is a tie or the name is not in the spirit of Kabbee, a name from those suggested will be chosen at the discretion of Kabbee management.

T&C’s

1. The Promoter/Business: Kabbee

2. Employees of Kabbee (past or present), their family members or anyone else connected in any way to the creation of the competition shall not be permitted to enter.

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. Route to entry for the competition and details on how to enter can be found via https://www.facebook.com/KabbeeUK

5. Closing date for entry will be midnight on the 30th of November 2014. After this date/time no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

6. Kabbee is not responsible for any entries that are not received for whatever reason.

7. Kabbee reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of Kabbee’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by Kabbee.

8. Kabbee is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

10. The winner will be notified by email and/or via Facebook within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, Kabbee reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

11. Kabbee’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

13. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material relating to this competition. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Kabbee and not to any other party.

17Nov

London’s First Ever Official Hero is Unveiled, as Designed by Real Londoners

London Hero (Lower res)

 

Kabbee, London’s leading licensed minicab comparison and booking app, is celebrating the busy lives of its users and other Londoners, by embodying the super human powers they wish they had, to create London’s first ever official hero.

Unlike other major cities, London has never had its own superhero.  For this reason, Kabbee has taken it upon itself to bring one to life, by asking Londoners what super human powers would make living in London easier.

The survey of 1500 Londoners revealed that the top five super human powers that city dwellers wish they had were:

  1. On-body thermostat – for those sticky tube journeys
  2. Water repellent – no more umbrellas
  3. 360 degree vision – never miss a thing
  4. Ability to reshape – squeeze into tight spaces
    1. Capability to part crowds – say goodbye to hold ups

When asked if London’s official hero should be male, female or unisex, 51 percent of the city said male, compared to 30 percent who said female, and 18 percent weren’t bothered either way.

Despite the fact that 7 in 10 people now own a Smartphone*, on-body 4G wasn’t one of the super human powers that was chosen, nor was renewable energy, so London’s official hero will still need his phone charger.

Justin Peters, London-born Founder and CEO of Kabbee, comments on creating London’s first hero, based on real Londoners: “London’s hero has been created to celebrate the lives of busy Londoners – the real heroes, who, against all odds, succeed in one of the most over-populated and expensive cities in the world.

”I’m sure, like me, many Londoners dreamed of being a superhero when they were younger, and now they have played a part in creating one for their city.”

When asked which superheroes Londoners like most, the top five were:

1) Superman (23%) from Kansas, USA

2) Batman (19%) based in Gotham City, NYC, USA

3) Cat Woman (14%) based in Gotham City, NYC, USA

4) Wonder Woman (13%) originally from Paradise Island, a secluded island

5) Spiderman (12%) was born in New York

Kabbee’s users generate an average of 1000 minicab journey quotes via the app every minute, helping them to get from A to B quickly, easily, and for the best possible price.  Kabbee puts over 70 of London’s best licensed minicab fleets at the fingertips of more than 500,000 Londoners.

Kabbee has recently launched its GPS live plotting technology that reduces waiting time for London’s everyday heroes up to 14 minutes on average, and cuts dead mileage for cabbies in half – making minicabs mighty, and giving every Londoner their own superhero getaway car.

London’s first official hero has everything he needs to live, work, and have fun in the city, but he’s not yet got a name.  Want to name him? Get involved on Kabbee’s Facebook page or on Twitter using #NameOurHero.

*72% of adults in the UK have a Smartphone, according to Deloitte Consumer Report, published in March 2014. 

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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 the survey:

  • Kabbee asked 1500 adults in London what super human powers they wish they had to make their lives easier, via an omnibus survey between 01.10-08.10

 

About Kabbee:

  • Kabbee lets users instantly compare quotes from more than 70 leading London fleets – based on 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 has recently launched its ‘Kabbee Treats’ loyalty programme, which rewards its users with goodies from some of London’s best-loved brands such as LateRooms.com, Naked Wines, Pact Coffee, Hubbub, Housekeep, LOVESPACE and La Gourmandina. 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 can earn more miles by referring a friend, or by upgrading to a premium car for their journey.
  • 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 has recently launched its ‘Kabbee Treats’ loyalty programme, which rewards its users with goodies from some of London’s best-loved brands such as LateRooms.com, Naked Wines, Pact Coffee, Hubbub, Housekeep, LOVESPACE and La Gourmandina. 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 can earn more miles by referring a friend, or by upgrading to a premium car for their journey.
  • 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.
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