Robert Matthams pitched his company Shiply back in 2009 to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and won the support of €100,000 to help expand. Now operating across ten countries, with over 1.7 million customers, 3.2 million delivery listings posted and 100,000 transport companies using the platform, Shiply has thrived off the back of the support.

Robert Matthams pitched his company Shiply back in 2009 to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and won the support of €100,000 to help expand. Now operating across ten countries, with over 1.7 million customers, 3.2 million delivery listings posted and 100,000 transport companies using the platform, Shiply has thrived off the back of the support.

Shiply is an online transport marketplace, a bit like Airbnb for moving stuff. Users list goods they need to move around the world and then receive competitive quotes from thousands of feedback-rated transport companies who are already making similar journeys. Shiply estimates that by making use of this spare capacity, it has helped save an unnecessary 26 million kg of CO2. This equates to some 90 million road miles saved, about 3,613 times around the world. Or the carbon footprint of you flying from London to New York 42,993 times. The financial support of €100,000 helped Shiply launch and grow into several new markets including; Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, Australia and Canada. A nice to know fact: someone requests a quote for delivery on the website of Shiply every 20 seconds. 

Robert Matthams, Shiply’s founder & CEO told us: "The support of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is something very special to us here at Shiply. Not only was the money incredibly helpful in our early days, assisting our expansion plans, but it also opened many doors and enabled our team to meet very interesting and helpful people."
Matthams concluded: "We are so grateful to have the support of the Postcode Lottery, some seven years later, they continue to support us in so many ways."

 


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