Food delivery firm Deliveroo has moved into a new global headquarters in London as it transitions from being a small startup into a more serious corporation.
The office — which is partly funded with $475 million (£364 million) from investors — comes complete with an on-site gym, 27 meeting rooms named after the company’s favourite foods, and a shared rooftop overlooking the River Thames.
The four-year-old company employs more than 1,000 full-time staff and works with over 20,000 restaurants in 130 cities around the world. “London is where I founded this company and it’s from our headquarters here that we export our British-born technology around the world,” said founder and chief executive Will Shu.
Dan Warne, Deliveroo’s UK and Ireland managing director, told Business Insider: “At our new office we’re creating one of London’s biggest tech hubs, which will continue to support and grow the British technology industry.”
There are 27 meeting rooms and a number of “quiet zones.”
Deliveroo has said it will increase its staff by a third when it opens a new London head office later this year. The UK-based food delivery company is the latest tech firm to expand in the capital, planning to hire more than 300 “high-skilled, high-tech” recruits. The firm reported an impressive 650% rise in takeaway orders last year.
But as it adds more office staff, the firm is coming under growing pressure to give its freelance delivery riders more workers’ rights. A group of Deliveroo couriers working for the company is seeking union recognition. It comes after two drivers for the Uber taxi-hailing company won a tribunal case in which they argued they were workers not contractors.
Employees can play pool and sit on swing-like chairs when they’re not working at their desks.
The London-headquartered company, which is now competing with Amazon Restaurants and UberEats, announced on Wednesday that “Frank”, a new delivery algorithm has enabled it to reduce its average delivery time to 29 minutes in the UK or 20%.
Deliveroo said Frank uses machine learning — a technology that allows software to become more accurate in predicting outcomes without being explicitly programmed — to evaluate the most efficient way of distributing orders based on the location of restaurants, riders, and customers.
Mike Hudack, CTO at Deliveroo said in a statement: “Deliveroo’s British-built technology is the most exciting thing being developed in Europe right now and we want our new London HQ to be where global innovations happen”
DealMakerz can see this it’s obviously exciting times for the UK delivery company that has rapidly expanded over the last few years. We love the new sleek design and clever interiors touches that have been installed by London design firm Stiff + Trevillion.
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