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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  A Deliveroo rider cycles through central London on July 11, 2017 in London, England. A recent government review looking at the 'Gig Economy', the 'Taylor Review' has suggested that all work in U.K. should be fair. Deliveroo's co-founder and CEO, Will Shu has said that his company will pay additional benefits to its 15,000 UK riders if the laws change.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Deliveroo smashes all records before it to claim top tech title

Deliveroo smashes all records before it to claim top tech title

Deliveroo has topped an annual ranking of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies. The food delivery specialist heads Deloitte’s 2017 ‘UK Technology Fast 50 winners’ list with a four-year revenue growth of 107,117%, a new record for a company appearing in the chart. In comparison, the average four-year growth rate recorded for the Deloitte UK

Ask Italian Swindon

ANALYSIS: Menu innovation propels Zizzi and ASK Italian’s multimillion pound business

Azzurri Group, the owner of ASK Italian and Zizzi, has credited its creativity in the kitchen and willingness to embrace new delivery channels with driving a robust set of annual results that defy the market conditions cited by some market players. FEJ reports. As the owner of some of the most ubiquitous high street names

Just East website

BREAKING NEWS: CMA clears way for delivery firms to merge their businesses

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Just Eat’s acquisition of Hungryhouse, following an in-depth phase 2 investigation. A group of independent panel members found that the merger does not raise competition concerns. The web-based food ordering platforms give restaurants the opportunity to reach a wider pool of people, as well as offer consumers the convenience of

Sainsbury's takeaway pizza

Sainsbury’s trials takeaway pizza service in British supermarket ‘first’

Sainsbury’s is trialling a hot pizza pre-ordering service in three of its stores in what it claims is a ‘first’ for British supermarkets. During the trial, customers will be able to order a personalised takeaway pizza by telephone and pick it up in-store just 30 minutes later. Customers can order a 10- or 14-inch pizza

Subway Manchester

British foodservice industry to grow by 83 million visits in 2018

The British foodservice industry should grow by an additional 83 million visits in 2018 (up +0.7% on 2017), despite stagnant wage growth and high inflation.   New forecasts, released yesterday by the NPD Group, also suggest that in 2019 visits in the eat-out or out-of-home (OOH) market could grow by a further 93 million (up

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs onto the field to warm up before their game against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sodexo splashes big with £500m takeover of rival caterer

Sodexo has shaken up the contract catering market by splashing out $675m (£513m) to acquire sports and leisure catering specialist Centerplate from private equity firm Olympus Partners. The acquisition doubles the size of Sodexo’s sports catering business in one move. Centerplate is the fourth largest operator by revenues in the US sports and leisure market,

Restaurant service

Industry rocked by shock job drop

The ALMR has reacted to yesterday’s “shock” news that job creation in the sector has fallen, by calling on the government to take action to support eating and drinking out businesses. New figures reveal that employment in the sector dropped by almost 25,000, or 1.4%, in the latest quarter. ALMR chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said:

Electricity metre

Operators face new margin crisis from imminent changes to energy tariffs

Operators have been warned that imminent energy price rises driven by changes in UK regulations is set to slash margins by as much as 0.5%. Foodservice outlets are already under pressure from rates increases and higher operating costs, but the financial challenges could toughen further due to new environmental taxes and changes to the charging

LONDON - FEBRUARY 24:  Police officers stand guard outside of an entrance to Britain's Houses of Parliament with large concrete blocks providing extra protection in the foreground on February 24, 2005 in London, England. The Prevention of Terrorism Bill will be further scrutinized by the Commons on Monday before passing to the Lords. Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended his controversial anti-terror proposals which include detaining suspects under house arrest without trial. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kitchen cleaner wins pay-out after slipping on liquid oozing from problematic ovens

Commercial ovens that were leaking “brown fatty liquid” for the best part of five years have been blamed for a slip incident that saw a House of Commons cleaner awarded thousands of pounds in compensation this week.    Central London County Court heard that Kiplin Gayle injured his back and elbow when he slipped on