Food and drink delivery service sets sights on creating 10,000 jobs

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan will attend the opening of a food and drink delivery service in Wolverhampton today (January 24), to  mark jobs being created due to overseas investment in the UK.

Turkish e-commerce company Getir, has already created 4,000 jobs and has its sights on reaching 10,000 across the UK by the end of the year.

All deliveries will be made using electric bikes and electric mopeds which are estimated to have saved two million miles of petrol trips on UK roads.

The site in Wolverhampton will create 35-40 jobs, adding to the 400 from its Birmingham base since the start of last year.

The Department for International Trade says foreign investment in the UK’s food and drink sector reached £84bn in 2019 prior to the pandemic, an increase of 44% since 2010.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP said: “We’re making the UK the most attractive investment destination in the world across our economy – from our thriving food and drink sector to innovative digital commerce brands like Getir.

“Foreign investment means more high-value jobs providing a major boost to local economies. Today’s opening in Wolverhampton shows how trade and investment is turbocharging the green industries of the future and helping to level up every part of our country.”

Getir says it chose the UK as its first international market due to its reputation as one of the most open economies in the world.

As a gig-economy company, the firm as offering training, annual leave, sick pay, opportunity to pay into a pension whilst giving flexible working hours.

Turancan Salur, general manager for Getir said: “A year ago today we started operating from five stores in central London.

“We now operate in almost 20 cities and towns across the UK and deliver groceries in around 10 minutes after we’ve received an order. We only use electric bikes and electric mopeds to deliver our groceries and play a key role in making city roads safer, quieter and less polluted.”