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Surviving the G20 protests!

London, April 1st 2009 - If the images of today's riots got you worried about getting to work or circulating around London tomorrow, Worry no more! The Zilok community is here to help you.

A website where people can rent anything to and from anyone can help you bypass the G20 protests and make sure you keep your job while you still have it!

To make sure you can safely get from A to B within London during the G20, Zilok.co.uk offers a wide selection of helmets across town, for just £5 a day.
Ladies who want to protect their heads in Style can even choose from more fashionable models such as this Hello Kitty design in West London:

If you are a bit too claustrophobic for helmets, or just curious to see the protests, you may also hire Stilts for only £10, right in the centre of town:

However, if you happen to be a recently famous banker, Zilok highly recommends renting a Batman Mask if you really must travel within London this week...

And if you decide to stay home after all, how about making a few quid renting your helmet, stilts, masks or anything else online?
Here is your opportunity to make money renting things you own that can help people walk safely in London during this week's protest! Don't miss out!

About Zilok
Zilok is an online rental marketplace where you can rent anything and everything to and from anyone, both individuals and businesses. Zilok’s mission is to support and develop peer-to-peer renting as a new, sustainable and community-driven way of consumption. Zilok.com went live in the UK in Spring 2008, and is the World's largest online rental marketplace, with operations in the USA, UK, France, Netherlands and Belgium. Zilok.com was elected the best European Startup by the Plugg Startup Rally 2008 audience, won the Startup 2.0 Challenge, and was awarded Site of the Week and selected in the Top 100 2008 Websites by PC Magazine. Zilok is a member of the European Rental Association and Hire Association Europe.

Press Contact - Joana Picq - 02032866101

Rental Marketplace grows as UK residents look for new sources of income

London, March 10th 2009 - A new online marketplace, where people can rent out their useful property, is prospering in the UK as more people look to new ways to generate income in the tough economic climate.

Zilok allows people to rent anything to and from anyone, from video game consoles and digital cameras to DIY tools and handbags.

With unemployment almost tipping 2 million and a number of major employers putting staff on reduced hours and wages, www.zilok.co.uk is providing the opportunity to transform consumer goods into cash.

1,000 people are joining Zilok every month with a number of members on the site already making over £100 a month renting drills and game consoles alone.

Pioneered in France, the site aims to do for rentals what eBay did for direct person-to-person selling, only with the additional benefit of repeatedly cashing in on the same item, while still being able to use it.

Across its entire operation, Zilok has over 60,000 active members with over 250,000 items for hire and hosts almost 300,000 visitors every month across France, Netherlands, the US and the UK.

The most searched rental items today are:
* Game consoles
* Wedding/Gala dresses
* Baby Equipment
* Party/events items (lights, bouncy castles, etc)
* DIY tools
* Cameras

Gary Cige, co-founder and CEO of Zilok, said: "Because of the financial crisis, renting is becoming a popular way to make money using items that people already have sitting around the house. We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the site and renting is on the way to becoming the latest consumer-trend.

"Zilok allows people to easily set up a new business from the comfort of their own home and quickly start making money out of what they already own."

Joana Picq, Zilok’s UK Managing Director, said: “Items like Nintendo Wiis are becoming popular rental items, maybe because people are going out less but cannot afford the outlay for a brand new console. It’s a good opportunity for people who own one to start cashing in on it!”

Get what you really wanted for Valentine's day this year!

London, February 13th, 2009 – Did you really need another drill? Was there nothing more romantic than a smoothie maker? And does anyone really want to watch Sleepless in Seattle for the 14th time?

Couples across the UK exchange Millions of presents on February 14th each year, but not all of them have quite the desired effect...

Whether your girlfriend tried too hard, or your husband didn’t try hard enough, there is a new solution to your Valentine’s frustration: Rent your present online, make money out of it, and get what you REALLY wanted!

Turn that set of heart-shaped cushions into football tickets, and let your new Dyson buy you a day at the Spa on Zilok.co.uk, the new eBay for renting. Because nothing says “I love you” more than keeping your rubbish valentine’s present and making money out of it!

About Zilok
Zilok is an online rental marketplace where you can rent anything and everything to and from anyone, both individuals and businesses. Zilok’s mission is to support and develop peer-to-peer renting as a new, sustainable and community-driven way of consumption. Zilok.com went live in the UK in Spring 2008, and is the World\'s largest online rental marketplace, with operations in the USA, UK, France, Netherlands and Belgium. Zilok.com was elected the best European Startup by the Plugg Startup Rally 2008 audience, won the Startup 2.0 Challenge, and was awarded Site of the Week and selected in the Top 100 2008 Websites by PC Magazine. Zilok is a member of the European Rental Association.

Press Contact

Joana Picq
Mobile: 07530057536

Fighting Recession on the web: Rent anything online

London, January 27th, 2009 – 1.92 Million unemployed, one home repossessed every 10 minutes... Recession is here, and we can’t deny it. What we can do is find ways to get through it. Time to make use of everything you own: time to rent!

On Zilok.co.uk, you can rent anything and everything to or from anyone around you.

Zilok.co.uk is an online community platform that allows you to make money renting things you own to people near you. DIY tools, sewing machines, cameras, electronic devices, sports equipment, lawn mowers, game consoles, DVDs, furniture, handbags, clothes, costumes, projectors, strollers, books, vacation rentals… you can rent it all online. By the same token, you can save money renting anything from people near you; DIY tools to work on the house, a bicycle for your son who’s outgrown his, a fancy handbag for a special evening...

For those who aren’t very creative, or are anxious to find out how much money they could earn on Zilok to fight recession in the household, there is an online simulation tool. The rental income simulator takes you on a virtual tour of your house, you tick the objects you own, and it calculates your expected earnings per month if you were to rent them on zilok.co.uk.

A fast growing marketplace

Members are bringing new people to Zilok every day, widening the community and increasing both the demand for your rental items and the supply of things to rent for your needs. Beth from Reading agrees: “ I made £30 renting my lawn mower and my fancy handbag on Zilok last month. I'm definitely going to start posting more stuff on my profile!”. And so does Adam from Leeds: “ I wanted to take photos at my sister’s wedding, so I went looking on Zilok and I found the perfect small camera a couple of miles from my house for just £10! I can’t afford to buy much these days, so I’m glad I can rent things on Zilok when I need them.

About Zilok.com

Zilok is your online rental marketplace where you can rent anything and everything to and from anyone, both individuals and businesses. Zilok’s mission is to support and develop peer-to-peer renting as a new, sustainable and community-driven way of consumption.

Zilok.com went live in the UK in Spring 2008, and is the World's largest online rental marketplace, with operations in the USA, UK, France, Netherlands and Belgium. Zilok.com was elected the best European Startup by the Plugg Startup Rally 2008 audience, won the Startup 2.0 Challenge, and was awarded Site of the Week and selected in the Top 100 2008 Websites by PC Magazine. Zilok is a member of the European Rental Association.

PR Contact: Joana Picq - 07530057536