Monday 23 October 2017

Collins-backed Deliveroo poised to pounce on Dublin's food scene

Dylan Collins.
Dylan Collins.
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Deliveroo, the high-profile UK-based food delivery firm that's backed by Irish entrepreneur Dylan Collins, is accelerating its hiring in advance of a Dublin launch for the service.

The firm eventually expects to have more than 50 delivery drivers in the capital, and has been actively looking to fill those roles as well as management positions.

Deliveroo inks deals with restaurants that don't traditionally offer takeaway, to allow customers to order food online and have it delivered to their home or office.

Deliveroo calls itself a "premium restaurant takeaway" service.

Unlike other online takeaway offerings such as Just Eat, where premises have to deliver the food to customers themselves, Deliveroo also has its own drivers in an effort to ensure consistent service levels. In the UK, it charges customers a flat £2.50 delivery fee.

Deliveroo's restaurant clients in Britain include chains such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Carluccios, Yo! Sushi, Nando's and hundreds of independent restaurants.

It now has 300 drivers in the UK and over 50,000 customers. It aims to deliver food within about half an hour after an order is placed.

The firm was launched in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski.

Mr Shu is a former hedge fund analyst and investment banker, while Mr Orlowski is a software developer.

Last month, the company secured $25m (€22m) in funding to fuel expansion both inside and outside the UK.

Last year, Dylan Collins - who founded and sold gaming firms Demonware and Jolt Online - invested up to €3.5m in Deliveroo via his Hoxton Ventures vehicle.

Hoxton also invested in last month's fundraising, as did Accel Partners and Index Ventures.

Deliveroo now operates in London, Brighton and Manchester.

Its Dublin service is likely to be its first outside the UK. The company is also planning to launch in Berlin.

The company has been hiring drivers in Dublin, as well as looking to fill management roles including an operations and logistics manager, and an account manager.

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