WeBringg wins Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards

WeBringg wins Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards

WeBringg was named winner of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards on May 4th 2018. The Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation teamed up with the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the Local Enterprise Office in Fingal to award three talented business owners the opportunity to expand their reach internationally. The initiative targeted startups based in Fingal who had been trading for over 18 months but for no more than three years.

 

WeBringg offers retailers, small businesses and restaurant partners same-day delivery with a large team of crowdsourced drivers, turning traditional 2-3 day delivery into 90 minutes. “Aer Lingus wanted to support startups in Fingal,” said Alan Hickey, co-founder of WeBringg, “It was a really interesting category to be in, we had essentially been shortlisted with companies we had been toe to toe with for the last number of months in the IBYE competition.”

 

The prize package received by each winning start-up consists of a number of European and long-haul international flights with Aer Lingus and a business mentoring with key staff members across a large range of Aer Lingus business departments, along with exposure in the airline’s magazine, Cara. “When you are a globally focused company like WeBringg, you can very quickly underestimate costs and challenges,” said Alan Hickey, “When we heard about the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards, we were excited at the thought of plugging into key executives in Aer Lingus to help expand WeBringg and the flights will really help us with that process.”

 

“Aer Lingus is an Irish brand but it’s market is global,” Alan Hickey said, “I think they saw a start-up based in Fingal who has similar global focus but a far earlier stage and I imagine that was one of the winning factors.” WeBringg currently operates in Ireland, The UK, Australia and New Zealand with plans to expand into further countries rapidly. “WeBringg is a total volume game and land grab, we’re not at the races if we are not thinking ‘new city, new city, new city’ all the time which correlates with Aer Lingus.”

 

Alan Hickey, co-founder and Sean Murray, co-founder of WeBringg will be attending the Mentoring day on June 22nd and the lasting effects of winning in the Start-Up Awards with the TakeOff Foundation for AerLingus have not worn off, “It was truly a great opportunity to win a prize like this and to be associated with Aer Lingus, arguably the largest international company Ireland has ever produced.”

 

WeBringg have recently been named winner of ‘Best Start-Up Business’ in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, you can check out our blog post about it here.  WeBringg have also entered the National Enterprise Awards which will take place on May 25th.

WeBringg Takes Crown for ‘Best Startup’ in IBYE Competition

WeBringg Takes Crown for ‘Best Startup’ in IBYE Competition

WeBringg has been named ‘Best Startup Business’ in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018 (IBYE) in a competition held by Ireland’s Local Enterprise Office in Google Headquarters  on Sunday the 22nd of April. WeBringg provides businesses with delivery in under 90 minutes and is the first company in Ireland to offer a last-mile solution to small businesses, retailers and large chains by using a team of crowdsourced drivers.

 

Childhood friends, Alan Hickey and Sean Murray  developed the idea for WeBringg in late 2016 at a party when they were discussing their forgotten wives’ birthday presents. With a resounding yes from peers when asked if they would like if they were offered same-day delivery, Alan and Sean began to build the initial stages for WeBringg.  Today, WeBringg operates in Ireland, The UK, Australia and New Zealand and employs a total of 27 staff members with plans to increase this to 35 by the end of 2018.

 

“IBYE was the first national award WeBringg have won. We now have national recognition.” Alan Hickey, co-founder of WeBringg said, “To be named ‘Best Start-Up’ in the country, with the calibre of competition we were up against is phenomenal.” WeBringg are assured further opportunities will begin to flood in, since their win on April 22nd. “We found within a couple of days, people were calling us to say ‘wow, well done’.” Alan said, “We always knew we were at the top of our game but now third parties have looked in under the bonnet and have independently said that they also agree.”

 

The Local Enterprise Office holds the IBYE competition each year with three categories with one overall winner within these categories. The three categories consist of ‘Best New Idea’, ‘Best Start-Up Business’ and ‘Best Established Business’ with WeBringg taking the title for ‘Best Start-Up Business’ of 2018. Conor O’Loughlin was named the overall IBYE winner under the category for ‘Best Established Business’ with his company Glofox, a gym and studio management software. Brendan Boland was named winner of ‘The Best New Idea’ category with his company Loci Orthopaedics, an innovative orthopaedic thumb implant.

 

Last year, WeBringg had taken place in the 2017 IBYE competition and did not make it past the first regional part of the competition, “We were up against people like Everest Granola and Strong Roots. It showed us what we needed to be.” Alan said. “You have to be robust, the judging panel as a whole is looking for a startup that’s sustainable. We learnt that.”

 

Why did WeBringg win the 2018 IBYE awards? “I think judges saw that we had come across an opportunity that we were able to exploit and take advantage of here in Ireland as well as overseas.” Alan said, “I know it’s called Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, but it was never a singular award for us. WeBringg are a team, it didn’t matter what member of staff was up there pitching for the IBYE competition, it was the simple concept of our business.”

 

What does winning ‘Best Start-Up Business’ in the IBYE competition mean for the future of WeBringg? “We now have something as credible and recognisable as IBYE behind us when we go into meetings or pitches or any opportunity. For us, as a young and innovative company, it was a really good category for us to have been in and won.”

 

You can check out out previous blog post about the regional competition here: http://webringg.com/webringg-wins-best-start-2017-fingal-ibye-local-awards/

 

Photo Credit: Mark Stedman

 

Working with WeBringg

Working with WeBringg

Since the beginning of 2018, WeBringg have seen a splurge in business, recruitment and opportunities internationally. Darragh Hickey, Market Development Manager for WeBringg has been working with the company since the early throes and has grown alongside it. As WeBringg have recently turned two, Darragh Hickey spoke briefly about his time with WeBringg and the growth the company has seen in the past two years.

 

Darragh started his journey with WeBringg as a part time employee in order to earn extra income in the Winter of 2016, “I had previously worked in a wide variety of businesses that ranged from 250 staff members to about 5 staff members.” Darragh said, “After a couple of months of working part-time with WeBringg, I was offered a full-time position as a Dashboarder. I was again promoted to my role as a Market Development Manager within the first year of my recruitment with the company.”

 

In the beginning stages of WeBringg launching its services in Dublin, the company housed very few employees. WeBringg has seen a recruitment growth of 575% since it’s launch in 2016, WeBringg now employs 27 people, with plans to increase this to 35 employees by the end of 2018. Darragh started with WeBringg long before the growth in staffing and has watched as the company expanded into the UK, Australia and New Zealand. “The growth pattern that WeBringg has seen over the last two years is simply meteoric,” Darragh said, “I really found with WeBringg that they want their employees to do well and they assist their employees in order for them to grow with the business.”

 

The role of Market Development Manager, Darragh explained, is that of a “Jack of all trades”. His role includes marketplace development, administration, sales, dashboard duties and customer relationship management. “I find the startup environment extremely challenging and mentally stimulating,” Darragh expressed, “The get-up-and-go attitude you need to work with WeBringg drives for a great workplace environment, it feels really good.”.

 

WeBringg has now begun planning for expansions internationally into a fifth and sixth country. As the recruitment process continues and you are interested in working with WeBringg keep an eye on the Facebook page here and the company blogpost here.

WeBringg Featured in The Biz Plus | April 3rd 2018

WeBringg Featured in The Biz Plus | April 3rd 2018

WeBringg was featured in The Biz Plus on the 3rd of April in the article ‘WeBringg Speeds Up Delivery Of Online Orders.’

 

The startup uses a team of crowdsourced drivers and cyclists to deliver products from shops and restaurants to online buyers. “We only do same-day and last-mile deliveries,” Hickey explains. “We aren’t inventing an industry — we’re are disrupting one of the oldest.”

 

WeBringg’s app platform can connect with point-of-sale systems and provides customers with real-time tracking. Revenue is derived from retailer charges. “What the retailer chooses to do by way of charge to the customer is up to them. Our price is based on flat fee and a per kilometre charge after 10km.”

 

You can read the rest of the article here.

 

Thank you to the Biz Plus for featuring us.

WeBringg featured in The Irish Examiner | Monday, March 18th

WeBringg featured in The Irish Examiner | Monday, March 18th

WeBringg, same-day delivery company, was featured in the Irish Examiner on Monday 19th of March in an article written by Ruth Dorris, “Irish startup makes same-day delivery a retail reality”.

 

While consumers have embraced the convenience of e-commerce, a huge drawback is the two to five days’ wait to have the purchased item delivered, according to Alan Hickey, co-founder of same-day delivery service, WeBringg.” writes Ruth.

 

““It was that old cliché of ‘isn’t that brilliant idea so simple?’. It was a case of stepping back and looking at something differently and having that ‘ah ha’ moment,” Mr Hickey said.”

“Amazon already offers a same-day delivery for members of its Prime service in the US and UK. It’s only a matter of time before the service is introduced in Ireland, Mr Hickey said. However, he doesn’t see the service as a direct competitor as Amazon is a marketplace and WeBringg is offering a service to retailers. “

You can check out the rest of the article on The Irish Examiner Website here: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/business/irish-startup-makes-same-day-delivery-a-retail-reality-833182.html

 

WeBringg completed RunAMuck Challenge in aid of ALONE Ireland

WeBringg completed RunAMuck Challenge in aid of ALONE Ireland

With our recent partnering with ALONE Ireland, a number of WeBringg’s employees decided to run (or rather scramble through) the 5.5km RunAMuck challenge on March 10th, 2018 in Coolcarrigan Estate, Co Kildare. Our aim is to raise €1,500 in aid of ALONE Ireland who truly are a wonderful organisation. ALONE provides Housing with Support, Support Coordination, Befriending and Campaigns for Change to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis.

 

Nine employees in total ran from WeBringg with the first person getting to the finish line in 1 hour and 16 minutes coming in at place 852.  We consider that to be pretty good as there was a total of over 3,000 people who completed the RunAMuck challenge for charities throughout Ireland. Two of our clients from Snap Printing also took part in the challenge with us, in order to help us raise funds ALONE Ireland.

 

The RunAMuck challenge had many different obstacle courses in which we had to run, jump and climb through muck, water, ice, haystacks. Many of our team got stuck in the different terrains, with many losing shoes and falling face first into the bogs. It was a mucky yet rewarding experience for all our staff who left smiling.  Marty Moore, our sales and marketing executive said, “It was dirty and smelly, but I loved it!”

 

We would very much appreciate your kind donations which you can submit online here. These donations (no matter how small) will help to allow ALONE to continue to do the fantastic work they are currently doing. Thank you to all our fantastic employees who took part in the RunAMuck challenge and continue to raise funds to date.

 

You can read more about the RunAMuck challenge here, and be sure to check out their pictures on Facebook.

Photo credit to http://actionphotography.ie/