Global take­away food app could cre­ate hun­dreds of new jobs in NI

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

A POP­U­LAR global food de­liv­ery app has en­tered the Belfast mar­ket po­ten­tially cre­at­ing “hun­dreds” of jobs.

Uber Eats, which has a pres­ence in North Amer­ica, Aus­trala­sia, Europe, Asia and Africa, has part­nered with 20 restau­rants here, in­clud­ing Mcdon­ald’s.

The on-de­mand food de­liv­ery app, which can or­der mil­lions of meals around the world from a range of restau­rants and take­aways, has also listed Frankie & Benny’s and Bom­bay Brasserie among its Belfast part­ner list.

Tous­saint Wat­tinne, gen­eral man­ager of Uber Eats in the UK, said: “We’re hugely ex­cited to be launch­ing in Belfast... peo­ple in the city can now use Uber Eats to get the food they want, when they want it, in just 30 min­utes or less.

“With hun­dreds of dishes to choose from, Uber Eats has some­thing for ev­ery­one, what­ever the oc­ca­sion or lo­ca­tion — whether that’s din­ner at home, break­fast at work or a snack when out with friends.

“The Uber Eats app is re­ally sim­ple to use and or­ders are charged straight to your card so there’s no need for cash.”

An­other spokesman for the firm told the Belfast Tele­graph that hun­dreds of new jobs could be cre­ated. He said: “We ex­pect hun­dreds of peo­ple to sign up to de­liver great lo­cal food with Uber Eats over the com­ing months.”

The news comes as De­liv­eroo, NI’S only other take­away de­liv­ery firm, re­vealed it was ex­pand­ing its bike de­liv­ery op­er­a­tions be­yond Belfast.

East Antrim MP Sammy Wil­son said he met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pany in London last month to hear about its ex­pan­sion plans into Ban­gor, Lis­burn and Lon­don­derry. The com­pany has al­ready part­nered with 100 Belfast-based restau­rants.

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