Andy Peck of TrustedHousesitters

Andy Peck, entrepreneur and global traveller, founded TrustedHousesitters in 2010 after he cared for three dogs and two cats in a villa with a vineyard and pool in Galicia, Spain. Despite being wowed by the location, he was more taken aback by the extent of the difficulties pet owners face in finding ideal home and pet care when going away.

Today, TrustedHousesitters helps pet owners in more than 150 countries find a solution to this universal problem. The site connects pet owners with trustworthy, reliable pet lovers who want to housesit for free, creating a win-win solution as home owners can go away with complete peace of mind that their home and pets are being cared for.

The company is self-funded and growing fast, in the last two years the team has grown from four to 30 dedicated members. Its been an exciting five years and during that time the site has notched up some impressive milestones which include, connecting people and facilitating more than 1 million nights of pet sitting, enabling thousands of members to travel with peace of mind, while saving more than £150 million in accommodation and pet care costs.

Andy has also written two feature films, created a printing business, handled marketing management for several major global organizations and has enjoyed traveling round the world four times. When not working Andy can usually be found paddle boarding or enjoying a game of beach volleyball.

GWG WEBSITE OF THE YEAR 2015

On Monday 16th November, Nick Hungerford, founder of Nutmeg, presented TrustedHousesitters' CMO, Laurence Bresh, with the much coveted award, The GWG Website of the Year Award. On hearing about the site's win, Andy commented, "We are very proud to win the Good Web Guide's Website of the Year. We have a devoted and highly engaged community who continually tell us that TrustedHousesitters is an invaluable, life enriching service - this award will spur us on to continue to deliver a first class service."

ANDY'S FAVOURITE SITES

Skyscanner - Totally flexible airline search - ideal when house sitting as sometimes I like to stay a few days around the area, Skyscanner allows me to check on the best flight deal to plan this.

Shazam - I don't have the bandwidth to discover new music these days - but know what I like when I hear it (and don't mind subtly holding a phone by a speaker in a cafe or bar). Shazam helps me enjoy lots of new music without having to trawl through what I don't like.

City Car Club - I love City Car Club. We live in Brighton and don't own a car as it's so easy to hire one in seconds for exactly as long as you need it. There's a car every 500 metres and it's quicker and more flexible than going through a more lengthy pre-planned hire arrangement.

HomeAway - The smart way to travel these days is to mix up your options - tailoring accommodation choices to suit where we are. Obviously I'm a big advocate of house sitting, but I enjoy a vacation rental too. HomeAway are the original guys in the market (although I regularly use Airbnb too). I particularly like the filters, you can easily delve down to find a waterside pad with BBQ and wifi, which are always top of the wishlist for me.

TripAdvisor - Love it or hate it, TripAdvisor is a great guide for finding accommodation - especially when you've got limited time in a location. The ‘near me now / best nearby' feature is very handy to fill the gaps between house sits. It's helped me discover many great places ‘just around the corner'.

Favourite App... Uber - It's not only quick and easy, it's efficient. Drivers are friendly. It's cashless, you can see exactly when your car is arriving, and means I can keep working and be on calls when I'm travelling between meetings.

18 November 2015
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