Aussie car rental startup Splend relocates HQ to London

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by Mark Johnson

Splend, the Australian-founded company which provides eco-friendly cars to ride-share drivers, has relocated its HQ to London.

The company said it has also opened a comprehensive support centre for the 90,000 drivers working in the capital.

Senior UK hires 

Backed by Investec, Splend 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.

Splend provides eco-friendly and affordable cars to on-demand drivers, who work for companies like Uber. Most importantly, drivers also benefit from the unique training, analytics and community provided by Splend, that empowers them to become more profitable, safer, and fulfilled in their work. 

The firm also handles all of the necessary financing, insurance and maintenance, so that drivers can focus on earning an income.

$10m raised to support growth

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.

As part of its UK launch, Splend has made a series of senior hires. 

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.    

Driver hub

Splend’s new driver hub, a 2,300 square metre facility in Cricklewood, enables members to collect their cars, catch up with their personal account manager, get advanced driver training and join community events. 

“Ride-sharing can be a tough gig”, said Chris King, CEO and Founder at Splend. “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.”

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