Liftshare was the first car-sharing system provider in the UK and after 20 years in business remains the largest
Liftshare is a Norwich based Social Enterprise that is mission driven rather than profit-driven. We are passionate about changing travel behaviours and driven to achieve our mission – to solve the world’s mobility problems through sharing
The liftshare story…
Ali Clabburn – a student at Bristol University – realised he didn’t have enough money for the train fare back to Norfolk. Convinced there must be others driving in a similar direction, he pinned a message on a student notice board, asking if anyone could give him a lift. The next day, he returned to find three offers of a ride home – and so the idea of Liftshare was born!
Determined to start a transport revolution in the UK, and help people overcome the increasingly prohibitive cost of travel. With the support of a handful of friends, Ali set up his first office in the spare room of his parent’s home.
We launch Liftshare for Business. We start building branded websites for organisations to help fund the consumer side of the business. South Gloucester Council is the first organisation to sign up.
Liftshare wins a Business in the Community Big Tick Award for Excellence in Environmental Performance.
We welcome our 100,000th member, our car-sharing family continues to grow.
Liftshare’s client list grows from annual events like Isle of Wight Festival and corporate clients to include Tesco, Rolls Royce and the BBC. Our CEO, Ali Clabburn, is awarded the Daily Mail Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Liftshare wins the BUPA Commitment to the Community Award.
Liftshare wins the Transport Planner of the Year Award, awarded by the Travel Planning Society (TSP).
Liftshare celebrates its 10th birthday.
2007 is another award winning year, with Liftsharing winning at the BCE environmental leadership awards, receiving the Kycera Greenlight environment award and also winning the Business Commitment to the Environment Award.
Liftshare is awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation.
Alongside this, Liftshare wins the UK Catalyst Award for best Social Enterprise at the Chancellor awards, the Frost & Sullivan 'UK Mobility Service Green Excellence Award for Service Achievement', the Green Travel - 'Eco Tourism' category Award and the RTPI / TPS Transport Planning Network Award – what a year!
myPTP was built and launched. The myPTP tool is the only journey planner in the UK that gives you public transport, walking and cycling results AS WELL AS car sharing matches in one place to be able to make an informed, yet independent decision on how you can best travel to your place of work.
It’s a busy year for awards ceremonies with Liftshare winning: Marketing Campaign of the Year from ACT Travelwise, The IHT environmental award, Nectar Contribution to the Community Award at the Nectar Awards and Outstanding Achievement Award at the Low CVP Awards.
Liftshare wins the Catalyst Award at the Low Carbon Champion Awards.
Liftshare is nominated for the Sustainable Energy Europe Award - Best Travel Project at the European Commission Awards and wins!
Liftshare wins the Ashden Award for sustainable travel and the award for Outstanding IT at the EDP Awards.
The team expands, we outgrow our office and move to the heart of Norwich
myPTP is the first ever planning tool to integrate data for all modes of transport (walking, bus, park and ride, train and car-sharing) at the click of a button. Not only that, Liftshare wins the Environment and Sustainability Award and the Outstanding IT initiative Award at the EDP Business Awards. In 2013, Liftshare is also featured in the Future 50 companies.
Liftshare launches the Liftshare Companion App, and app which enables members to communicate easily.
Liftshare wins the Environment and Sustainability Award at the EDP Business Awards and are the 'Fit for work tournament winners'.
Car-sharing has financial savings for all – Jaguar Land Rover is our first business to save in excess of £1 million through its corporate car-sharing scheme.
The Liftshare Companion App is recognised as best in class for corporate digital communications and wins the 'Best Use of Mobile and Portable Devices' and 'Best use of Digital' in the Travel & leisure sector at the Digital Impact Awards. The App also wins Liftshare the Award for Mobile and Applications at the Lovie Awards this same year! This year, Liftshare sets up a partnership with Stagecoach to improve the overall approach to travel planning and deliver a full travel solution to corporate clients.
A huge year for Liftshare! After amazing growth, in its 18th year, Liftshare celebrate having 700 corporate clients using the Liftshare platform. CEO, Ali, wins the Eco Hero Award at the Norfolk and Norwich Eco Awards, whilst Liftshare wins a further 3 awards: The Eco small business at the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards; The DRUM MOMA AWARD for the Best mobile/tablet customer facing app; and the Best Intellectual Property Development at the MAA awards.
For the first time myPTP becomes a consumer facing travel planning tool. Essex County Council is the first organisation to test this approach, to change the travel behaviours of residents of new housing developments.
Another milestone, Liftshare launches its new platform, and starts moving its clients over from the classic system to the new Dashboard.
In 2016, a new product is launched a for its clients: Parking Permits. This new product enables Liftshare’s clients running dedicated carshare bays an automated process. Members can download a permit for their Liftshare team which they can print and display in their vehicle.
In August, Liftshare celebrates its 18th birthday, with CEO, Ali, hosting a fantastic circus themed party at his home!
In 2017, Liftshare becomes a member of MAAS Scotland AND we hit the 500 million miles marker in that we have taken off 500 million miles off the roads since launching in 1998.
Another new product is released for Liftshare’s clients: Trip Authentication. This product allows Liftshare’s clients to see who is validating their journey daily using the Liftshare Companion App.
Scoping Smart Mobility is also added to Liftshare’s suite of products. The Scoping Smart Mobility tool generates a list of multiple travel options each employee of a business could use to get to their place of work, and therefore helps businesses solve their mobility problems at scale.
Before the year is up, Liftshare starts working with other local businesses and enterprises to launch #NorwichSharingCity.
Just before Christmas, the team jet of to Amsterdam, Europe’s first sharing city, to see how the Dutch do it!
With the help of implementing a successful Liftshare scheme, Prologis Green Travel reaches milestone saving stats of 543 tonnes of CO2 saved, 2.7 million miles taken off UK roads and collectively saving their employees over £300,000!
Where we are today
Liftshare is on a mission! By 2020, we want to have saved 1 billion car miles through our members car sharing! It’s a huge task, but with our fantastic team, amazing members and superb clients, we believe it’s achievable!
We owe a huge thanks to our community for joining us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.
To see what what we can do for your organisation book a short demo
What we've acheived with our member's help…
The amount of CO2 saved by members of corporate and regional Liftshare schemes in 2015
The number of people who signed up to Liftshare in 2015
The total costs saved by members of corporate and regional Liftshare schemes in 2015
Our awards and honors
The Best Intellectual Property Development for Liftshare App
MAA Awards March 2016
The Liftshare App won The Best Intellectual Property Development at the Marketing Agency Association Awards. #Dodifferent The Best Awards showcase the most innovative work produced by the UK's top creative agency talent. The Liftshare team worked with DigitasLBi on the Apps.
Lovie Awards October 2015
The Lovie Awards celebrate the best in originality and creativity online in Europe, honours for the best: Websites, Online Advertising, Internet Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social.
Best use of mobile and portable devices
Digital Impact Award October 2015
Additional Honors & Awards
2013 IT Innovation Award
2012 EU Sustainable Energy Europe Award
2012 Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel
2010 UK Low Carbon Champion
2009 Growing Business Young Guns Award
2009 Frost & Sullivan 'Award for Service Achievement'
2009 IHT Environmental Award
2009 RTPI / TPS Transport Planning Network Award
2008 BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Winner
2008 Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation)
2008 Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year
2008 BCS IT Industry Awards Finalist
2008 Prime Minister's UK Catalyst Award
2008 European Environment Award (UK entry)
2007 Business Commitment to the Environment Award
2006 Transport Planner of the Year
2005 Enterprising Young Brit
2005 Business Commitment to the Community
2004 Transport for London's Innovation Award
2004 BITC National Example of Excellence (Environmental Award)
2003 EDP Environment Award
2002 The UK e-WellBeing Award (Transport)
2002 Business in the Community Big Tick Award (Excellence in Environmental Performance)