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UKTN Podcast: TrustedHousesitters CEO on growing a community of travel-loving pet owners

UKTN Podcast TrustedHouseSitters

The latest UKTN Podcast is out now. This week’s guest is Mathew Prior, CEO and co-founder of TrustedHousesitters, a pet-sitting network.

Launched in 2010, the Brighton-headquartered company has created a community platform that matches up pet owners going on holiday with pet sitters who want to look after a furry companion.

“Increasingly, the idea that people will just go and deposit their pet in a kennel or a cattery is becoming a bit obsolete,” Prior told UKTN Podcast host Mark McDonagh.

The concept is similar to the early community-led, sofa-surfing days of Airbnb. While Prior recognises the similarities, he believes that TrustedHousesitters has a “much better business” than the US homestay rental company.

Prior says that the company “prioritises community over commerce” and that he thinks TrustedHousesitters is more “sustainable” and “ethical” than Airbnb....