minicabit partners with Heathrow and Barclays to boost growth
Latest in line of blue chip partnerships for Startups 100 2015 taxi comparison company.
Minicab price comparison and booking service minicabit, a Startups 100 2015 winner, has announced contracts with Heathrow and Barclays as part of a series of recent partnerships to reinforce its nationwide expansion.
Launched in 2012 by Amer Hasan, the website and app allows users to compare and book instant quotes from taxi providers for long distance and local trips in 40 UK cities. minicabit has enjoyed rapid growth in the last few years, and claims to have seen bookings rise 150% in the past six months.
After a successful trial period at Heathrow, the deal will allow travellers to compare and book fixed minicab quotes from nationwide network of 650 private hire operators.
With an estimated 73 million domestic and overseas passengers looking for travel to and from the airport every year, the move represents a hugely lucrative opportunity for the Startups 100 company.
The partnership with Barclays will see the launch of a new mobile payments service using Barclays Pingit, allowing minicabit customers to pay through the platform, enjoying fare discounts and tailored promotional offers.
The deals are the latest in a series of blue chip partnerships, including The O2, Blenheim Palace, London City Airport and Wembley Arena. The app also recently featured on Dragons’ Den where it received offers from three Dragons.
Hasan commented: “We are delighted to be extending our successful trial with Heathrow into a partnership. The demand we have already received highlights the need for minicab services both to and from Heathrow and we have witnessed a great response from travellers across the UK, from locations as far as Newcastle , Plymouth and Lancaster.
“It is great to see companies like Heathrow embrace new digital services and collaborate with fast growth businesses like minicabit and for the several hundred mini-cab firms in our UK wide network there are strong opportunities to benefit from the partnership and enhance revenues.”
Commenting on the Barclays partnership he said: “We are delighted to announce that we will partner with Barclays innovative mobile payments service, Pingit.
“Given one in four of our bookings still entail the customers paying cash to the driver, offering Pingit will further enhance our app’s user experience by making it even easier to pay via your mobile rather than rummage around for cash.”