Takeaway firm delivers pub lunches

As British appetite for fast food increases

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A business delivering KFC, McDonalds and even pub lunches is looking for new franchisees - just the latest company to cater for an ever-increasing appetite for takeaway meals.

One Delivery offers a range of takeaways from local restaurants and fast food outlets that don't deliver themselves, with franchisees taking a cut of 20% on each item. Delivery itself costs from £3.95.

Stockton woman Alex Howsam recently took over a franchise and runs the service part-time at evenings and weekends, to fit round her job as a dispensing assistant.

"I was looking for something to do for extra cash, and I saw the franchise advertised on a jobs website," she told the Evening Gazette.

"It's been going great, and we have lots of extra customers."

Most popular, she says, are McDonalds - and one customer only orders McFlurries. But the 31-year-old also offers meals from KFC, Pizza Express and Burger King, as well as the local pub, the Penny Black, in Hartburn, Stockton.

"I don't actually get that many hungover people - which I thought itr would be when I first started," she says.

"We get people who are just toitally desperate for their fast food fix in their PJs!"

Overall, the company says it gets thousands of visitors daily, with franchises in cities including Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Essex, Preston and Aberdeen.

The service should be popular with Domino's customer 'Dave', who last year achieved fame on Twitter for his unusual delivery instructions.

"Let yourself in turn right go past the kitchen through the lounge room. Turn left and double doors r my bedroom," he wrote. "I'm in my undies watching James Bond. Don't be alarmed."

Britain is turning into a nation of fast food eaters - we now spend £30 billion on convenience meals overall, a whacking £109 per month on average, according to VoucherCodes.co.uk's Annual Food Spend Study.

One in four Brits cites laziness as the main reason for their takeaway habit, with a further 13% claiming they simply don't have time to cook from scratch.

"With all of us living such busy lives, it's not surprising many are relying on takeaways as quick alternatives to home-cooking. But this study really highlights how expensive this routine can be, with some Brits spending almost as much on their fast food habit as their grocery shopping," says
Anita Naik, consumer editor of VoucherCodes.co.uk.

"I find it's actually pretty quick to create most of our favourite takeaways at home, and making them yourself comes in at a fraction of the cost of ordering from a restaurant. My favourite option is to buy some pizza bases and tomato sauce, throw on your choice of toppings and cook for 20 minutes. This is something kids will love to help with too and will be ready in the same amount of time it would take to have a pizza delivered!"

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