Splend launches to boost London’s ride-share economy

Splend, the company helping on-demand drivers succeed on their own terms, has relocated its HQ to London and opened a comprehensive support centre for the 90,000 drivers working in the capital.

Splend provides eco-friendly and affordable cars to on-demand drivers who work for companies like Uber. Most importantly, drivers also benefit from unique training, analytics and community provided by Splend, that empowers them to become more profitable, safer, and fulfilled in their work. Splend also handles all of the necessary financing, insurance and maintenance, so that drivers can focus on earning an income.

Founded in Sydney in 2015, Splend has raised $10 million equity to date and expanded to nine cities in Europe, the Americas and Australia, whilst building a global team of over 150 employees.

The company, backed by Investec, is also making a significant investment in its leadership team here in the UK with new executive hires from Deliveroo, Addison Lee and Argos joining the team. David Moggs has been appointed CTO, joining from Argos, whilst Gizem Akyil moves from Deliveroo to become Splend’s Head of Expansion, and UK Country Manager Justin Patterson joins from Addison Lee.

Chris King, CEO and Founder at Splend commented, “Ride-sharing can be a tough gig. Splend exists to help drivers succeed by making sure on-demand driving works for them – not the other way around.

“Splend has grown quickly and established a reputation as innovators in the industry – and this is reflected in the high calibre of the staff that we’re attracting. The UK, which is home to over 250,000 ride-share drivers, is the ideal base for us to continue our global expansion. The investment we’ve made in the new HQ and driver hub marks a significant milestone in our journey to support ride-share drivers all around the world.”