Robert Matthams – Shiply
Founder: Robert Matthams
Robert Matthams, founder of innovative online delivery service Shiply.com, was identified as the outstanding entrepreneur of the year in this year’s Essence scheme. Having discovered that 25% of lorries run empty on Britain’s roads, and 50% only part-full, Matthams developed technology which helps consumers find cheap courier services by matching them up with under-booked delivery companies already making similar trips across the UK & Europe. Shiply.com has signed up 15,000 users, 3,500 transport firms and achieved a turnover of £500,000 last year, with revenues doubling month-on-month. The 24-year-old Matthams will receive a £10,000 grant from BT Business to help him further fuel the growth of Shiply.com.