Gumtree was started in March 2000 as a local London classified ads and community site, designed to connect people who were either planning to move, or had just arrived in the city, and needed help getting started with accommodation, employment and meeting new people.

They are the local noticeboard that now spans 76 cities across 11 countries that connects not just new people arriving to a city but primarily the locals of those cities in – the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong – and are the biggest websites for local community classifieds including flat share, flat rentals, stuff for sale and jobs for majority of the countries