Deliveroo planning to expand across Northern Ireland, claims MP
Food delivery service Deliveroo is planning to expand across Northern Ireland, East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said.
Mr Wilson met with representatives of the company in London on Tuesday to hear about their expansion plans.
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The company already operates in Belfast with 100 restaurants delivering food to homes and businesses.
Customers can order food from through the Deliveroo app and it is then delivered to their door by Deliveroo cyclists.
DUP MP Mr Wilson said the company is now planning to expand into Bangor, Lisburn and Londonderry.
"This will be a huge boost to businesses and present opportunities for those who wish to enter self-employment using the technology which Deliveroo makes avaliable," he said.
"Deliveroo creates flexible self-employment openings for a wide range of people. 50% of its riders are students and 40% have caring responsibilities. The method of working opens the door to those who previously felt shut out of the jobs market.
"It allows people to work when it suits them and the method of payment by each delivery means riders can choose when to log in and accept a delivery.
The East Antrim MP said any expansion would also be a boost for restaurants.
"The service is also helping to revolutionise the UK restaurant sector by exposing restaurants to a new customer base and helping them raise revenue," Mr Wilson said.
"Reports show that restaurants working with Deliveroo have seen revenues go up by 30% and across the UK this has accounted for 7200 new jobs.
"I am pleased that Northern Ireland has been targeted for expansion and hope that the new jobs, oppourtuntiies for restaurants and service to customers will be a boost to our economy."
A Deliveroo spokesperson said that the company were currently assessing various towns across Northern Ireland but that nothing has been fully confirmed yet.
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