Deliveroo expands in Scotland
Delivery service brings restaurant food to the customer
Deliveroo, launched in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski, allows customers to order meals from a variety of leading local, independent restaurants. The company promises to deliver to homes or offices in an average of 32 minutes.
Restaurants providing meals off-site have welcomed the service as it removes the need to run their own fleet of drivers. It has opened an office in Edinburgh and there are plans to expand the business to other Scottish cities in the next 12 months.
Caroline Hazlehurst, regional manager for Scotland & North East England said: “We’re really excited about our new Scottish hub and bringing the Deliveroo concept to diners in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“The food scene in Scotland is enviable and the restaurant scene thriving: the time is right for Deliveroo. Technology has made our business model achievable at a time when consumers are more interested in food than ever before. Customers get access to good food they couldn’t get delivered before, restaurants increase their revenues and hundreds of drivers generate new income. It’s a model that works all round.”
Deliveroo, a London-based company, has grown its customer base to more than 100,000, delivered by a team of more than 800 drivers who deliver from in excess of 1,500 restaurants.
In January the service raised $25m in funding from Accel Partners, Index Ventures and Hoxton Ventures aimed at driving expansion across the UK and internationally. Since then it has launched in 11 UK cities across, with Dublin, Berlin and Paris serving as its first international markets.
Rollout is planned in many more towns and cities in the UK before the end of the year, as is expansion within Ireland, France and Germany. New markets within Europe and the Middle East are also on the horizon.