Gigable, an Irish gig-economy app, has launched its UK expansion following a partnership with online UK takeaway firm Foodhub.
The partnership with Foodhub is set to boost Gigable's roll-out across the UK from Manchester. The Irish company will have access to 11,000 takeaway restaurants featured on Foodhub's online portal.
Gigable is an online gig-economy platform that connects businesses with freelancers. It has proven popular with restaurants looking for delivery drivers.
Since its launch two years ago, over 20,000 businesses and freelancers have signed up to use the platform. Its main sectors are in food delivery, as well as hospitality and entertainment.
Speaking with the Sunday Independent, John Ryan, a former Defence Forces officer and founder of Gigable, said the partnership was a massive step forward for the business.
"This is an opportunity for us to bring something new to thousands more businesses and freelancers across the UK," he said. "Gigable and Foodhub are an ideal partnership, especially when it comes to costs for restaurants."
Thirty-five-year-old Ryan, who also previously worked as an analyst with Goodbody Stockbrokers, said the deal with Foodhub came about following a bit of a "false start" in the UK around February.
"I basically sent an email to the info address [at Foodhub] and got the PA, which eventually ended up with the CEO of Foodhub," he said. "We just said: 'We are a new company in Manchester with a proven model in Ireland and I think we could work well together'."
"It is an exciting moment for us," he added. "I didn't expect a response, but it landed on the right desk."
The opportunity with Foodhub has come at the start of other growth opportunities for the company, said Ryan. Gigable, which works with the Press Up Group and Eddie Rocket's in Ireland, is also looking at opportunities for expansion into Edinburgh, Belfast and Wales.
Sunday Indo Business