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Devan Hughes, chief executive of online grocery delivery firm Buymie. Photo: Frank McGrath

Devan Hughes, chief executive of online grocery delivery firm Buymie. Photo: Frank McGrath

Devan Hughes, chief executive of online grocery delivery firm Buymie. Photo: Frank McGrath

Online grocery delivery firm Buymie has submitted a partnership proposal to the Government to greatly increase its service to cocooning shoppers.

The firm's chief executive, Devan Hughes, told the Sunday Independent it had experienced a week's demand in one day when the Government announced the school closures. This has continued to accelerate ever since.

Buymie, in which Enterprise Ireland is an investor, is waiting to hear back from the Department of Business about the formal proposal.

"Our proposal to Minister [Heather] Humphreys' office was for the Government to help us ramp up a scalable food distribution model that would allow us to put thousands of people back to work and get food distributed to the most vulnerable in society," said Hughes.

Currently, Buymie uses hundreds of shoppers to complete orders that customers make for groceries via its app, but the plan would see it grow to 2,000 shoppers across seven urban and suburban zones in a matter of weeks. "We're keen to develop this," he said.

Last week Buymie announced that it had raised €2.2m from investors to scale up and help it increase revenues by 500pc year-on-year by the end of the year. Further fundraising was likely to help Buymie cope with accelerating growth, he said.

The proposal was submitted by Buymie after Enterprise Ireland included it on a list of tech companies that could provide useful services to help the country deal with the pandemic. "This would be with Government support. We're a small business and as we ramp up we have to make sure we don't starve the business of cash," he said.

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