One factor that has been constant throughout our series of ‘In focus’ topics this year has been that of the sharing economy, with the new model of business seemingly set to infiltrate every aspect of our lives.

With June witnessing millions of sharers across the world coming together in order to celebrate Global Sharing Day, we’ll be using this month to tackle many of the unanswered questions surrounding the collaborative consumption revolution.

As part of our mission to shine a light on the sharing economy we’ll be conducting original research and inviting expert opinions, along with industry leaders, to give us their thoughts on the future of the sharing economy, how it will shape the way we do business, the role that both start-ups and established businesses have to play and the impact of these new practices on the individuals who work inside them.

If you’d like to check out our previous In focus topics you can do by clicking onto either In focus: The rise of flexible working or In focus: Women in business. Alternatively, if there’s a burning issue in the world of entrepreneurship that you’d like put under the microscope, then just let us know below.

But for now, let the debate begin…

Global sharing economy revenues could hit $335 billion by 2025

Airbnb, Spotify and Uber lead the charge as the sharing economy continues to disrupt markets and sectors across the world...

Explained: What is the sharing economy?

The word 'economy' can be seen as a bit of a dirty word these days, but add the word 'sharing' and suddenly things seem a little brighter...

Is the sharing economy making us happier?

There is a sense of satisfaction that comes from the idea of sharing an underutilized asset and putting it to better use. The sharing economy took off after the financial crisis as a mostly financially motivated behavior, but has now become a socially accepted and socially sought after way of life. Technology has enabled companies to build online platforms that facilitate these transactions...

Infographic: Is there a lack of understanding around the sharing economy?

New research, commissioned by Virgin and conducted by YouGov, has revealed that there is a great deal of misunderstanding in the UK around what the sharing economy actually is...

How the sharing economy became the height of fashion

Collaborative consumption companies are creating new communities and impacting the way we consume resources every day. These economies speak to a shift in our behaviour, where sharing and recycling resources is becoming standard practice...

How the world's biggest brands came to love the sharing economy

It’s clear the sharing economy is not a trend. Experts estimate the value of the sharing economy at upwards of $110 billion, and it’s growing...

10 innovations that are transforming the sharing economy

The sharing economy transformation is a grassroots movement that is turning our business-as-usual practices of centralized, opaque decision-making and resource concentration on its head, in favour of decentralization, collaboration, transparency and resource distribution...

Sharing economy dilemmas - would you share your car with a total stranger?

Like bikes, beds, and power tools, cars have become a valuable commodity in the sharing economy. The principle is simple; someone who doesn’t need to use their car can share it, or part of it, with a complete stranger, in return for financial gain...

New research reveals UK clueless about sharing economy

New research commissioned by Virgin and conducted by YouGov reveals that the public are almost oblivious to rise of the sharing economy, with only five percent fully grasping the concept...

Does the sharing economy have staying power? Or is it just a fad?

The sharing economy has been Identified by TIME Magazine as ‘one of the 10 Ideas that will change the world’; hailed by the Economist as a big trend with ‘immense potential’ and cited by Forbes as a new ‘disruptive economic force’. Week on week it’s making headlines all over the world, on screens and in publications on every continent...

Why the sharing economy is like a soap factory

From a very early age I found the concept of the sharing economy enticing, a place to meet new people, explore curiosities and test ideas - it was an inclusive world full of possibilities without any barriers...

Is a digital divide stunting the growth of the sharing economy?

The sharing economy is heavily impacting on the way consumers make purchasing decisions, particularly in the accommodations and transportation spaces, but it is also now starting to spread across many other sectors...

The sharing economy: Using business as a force for good

The rise of the sharing economy is shaking up how business has traditionally been done, resulting in a growing army of new enterprises that do well by doing good...

How we fell in love with the 'pay-as-you-live' lifestyle

Much like the sign of a maturing child is demonstrated, in part, in his or her ability to share toys with others, over the last five years we have started to see clearer signs that society as a whole is very much on that precipice...

In brands we trust? Why blind confidence in big business is suddenly being questioned

Almost anything can be shared now. Our homes, cars, even pets. It’s called the sharing economy. And, for the most part, there are thousands of daily transactions that pass without a glitch. But for many it raises questions around who you should trust and why...

Three reasons why the sharing economy is here to stay

Long gone are the days of the sharing economy being a space exclusively occupied by a handful of tech start-ups, today’s guest blog explores how it continues to grow and make a meaningful impact on how we do business...

How the sharing economy gave us the power of access

Living in the society we do today, with most of our assets squeezed to their limit each month, the financial strains of life are more prevalent than ever before. I think the creation of collaborative platforms that share underutilized resources is a wonderful thing for people to benefit from...

How the sharing economy transformed my life

The first time I made the decision to open my home to a stranger via Airbnb back in 2010, I was barely aware of what the sharing economy was, and had no idea how much it was going to change my life...

Is the sharing economy costing us more than we think?

As the sharing economy gains steam, debate grows as to whether it is a great unforeseen benefit of the digital age...

Richard Branson: Whether Hailo, Uber or cabs, great service always wins

An interesting battle is taking place on the streets of London at the moment, as the drivers of the capital’s iconic black cabs take on taxi apps Hailo and Uber...

The qualities which every company in the sharing economy must embrace

Now more than ever, the sharing economy is a way of life. Airbnb has effectively prompted the world to open its doors to others, literally...

Would the sharing economy exist in an age of financial prosperity?

One of the few good things to emerge from the global financial crisis has been the rise of the sharing economy... but will it last?

The sharing economy: Where does it add value and where does it destroy?

The sharing economy sounds like such a good idea, however it can get you into trouble quicker than you might think. Fon take a look at when sharing can make you as many enemies and friends...

Is the sharing economy killing the neighbourhood?

People who write on the subject of the sharing economy talk of it being a socio-economic system built around the sharing of ‘human and capital assets’. Doesn’t that just sum it up? Here's why the fact that doing things for or with a neighbour should be referred to as a human or capital asset fills me with dread...

The rise of extreme upcycling

The latest facet of the sharing economy to hit our homes and high streets is that of ‘upcycling’, a phrase that was  first coined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Find out how extreme upcycling is converting waste materials and useless products into something more desirable and more valuable.

Five things to consider when building a brand in the sharing economy

Only five years ago, the thought of borrowing a stranger's ladder or renting out a room in their house seemed not only odd, but pretty much insane. Read five pieces of advice on how to build a successful sharing economy brand.

What is the sharing economy?

The sharing economy may have been an active force in a number of strong markets for some time, but for many 2014 has been the year that it went mainstream. But what is the sharing economy? We investigate...

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