Deliveroo opening in 10 new towns
Deliveroo is accelerating its UK operation by opening in 10 new towns, as a study claimed expansion at the company could create 70,000 new jobs.
Analysis by Capital Economics said the food delivery app had created 25,000 jobs in the UK restaurant industry since its launch six years ago.
The study found that if Deliveroo was to continue adding restaurants to its platform at the current rate, the food delivery company’s operations would create almost 70,000 restaurant jobs in the UK in 2020.
Deliveroo has moved in to Burton upon Trent, Nuneaton, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Warrington, Wigan, Middlesbrough, Farnborough, Harlow and Dudley.
Deliveroo founder and chief executive Will Shu said: “Deliveroo is expanding rapidly across the UK, bringing more people amazing food and helping restaurants to grow their businesses by increasing sales.
“At a challenging time for the high street, Deliveroo offers restaurants access to new customers they wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach.
“We also help our restaurant partners cut costs and use unique data insights so they can make the most of the opportunity delivery offers.
“As a result, Deliveroo is helping to create thousands of jobs in high streets across the UK.
“As we grow, we will create more jobs on Britain’s high streets, bring more revenue to restaurants, create work for more riders and, of course, bring exciting foods to offices and homes across the UK.”
Minister for digital and the creative industries Margot James said: “It is great to see Deliveroo go from strength to strength and show why Britain is Europe’s leading tech hub.
“We’re working hard to make the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business and these findings further acknowledge our consistent track record of producing internationally successful tech firms.”
The expansion follows the announcement last week that Amazon is leading a $575 million (£450 million) investment round in Deliveroo, in a move that is set to have repercussions throughout the food delivery sector.
Deliveroo announced that the tech giant would join existing investors T Rowe Price, Fidelity and Greenoaks in the round, which takes the total raised by the company to date to $1.53 billion (£1.2 billion).
The fresh capital would allow Deliveroo to hire more engineers at its London headquarters, which the company said would build on the UK capital’s growing reputation as a tech hub.
The money would also be put towards experimenting with new concepts such as delivery-only kitchens, in a bid to expand the reach of the company’s restaurant partners.
New products were also in the works which Deliveroo had said would give customers a more personalised experience, increase support for restaurants and offer flexible well-paid work to delivery drivers.