Uber is no threat to corporate market, says expanding Cabfind.com
Cabfind.com commercial director Debbie Thompson believes Uber poses “no concern” to the corporate travel sector, as it is mainly impacting the taxi sector.
Speaking as Cabfind.com moves to new standalone premises, Thompson said: “Uber is a disruptor in the private hire and taxi sector but is not having as much an effect on the B2B market.”
Instead, companies such as Cabfind.com are more competitive nationally. “Cabfind.com is a truly nationwide business and we reach parts of the UK Uber isn’t yet in. We still hold a competitive edge in terms of our supplier network, which is unrivalled within the UK. Demand for our managed ground transportation service is at its highest recorded levels, hence our need to move to bigger premises.”
Cabfind.com is moving to a new two-floor, 10,700sq ft office in Birkenhead under a ten year lease. Managing director Chris Jordan said: “We had originally planned to bring our team together to occupy one complete section of our current home within Egerton House in Birkenhead. However, since our acquisition by Transdev PLC we have quickly determined that a much bigger space will be needed as we recruit more staff to meet the needs of the business. We hope to create 20 new jobs in this year alone.”
Thompson, added: “Since becoming part of Transdev PLC, Cabfind.com has seen a 20% increase of staff thanks to four recruitment drives to meet the level of demand for our logistics services. It was important to bring our teams together in one new, inspiring space as we enter an exciting period of further growth and innovation. With cabfind.com working under Transdev, our new headquarters needed to reflect the truly international nature of our business as it looks to expand into new markets.”
Cabfind.com was acquired by Transdev in February 2015. Its 2,300-partner network represents a transport-on-demand fleet of 140,000 cars and coaches. Transdev’s investment has enabled Cabfind.com to increase the supplier network of its fleet of private hire vehicles across the UK, in turn providing more journeys for its increasing portfolio of corporate clients including major rail networks, retailers, travel management companies and local councils.
Cabfind.com has enjoyed a year of notable success since its acquisition including a win this February at the 2016 UK Rail Industry Awards. Crowned Subcontractor of the Year, Cabfind.com was the only transport-on-demand company to be shortlisted in the awards that recognise innovation and excellence demonstrated within the rail industry.
Large organisations such as train operators, government departments and retailers need cars to transports thousands of staff around the country. Using one travel provider saves time and money. Cabfind.com enables its corporate clients to find between 10-40% cost efficiencies.