In the loop: Deliveroo’s new virtual restaurant bid, Addison Lee to roll out driverless car services and BBC gender pay problems persevere

Before going trick or treating, catch up on the biggest startup stories this week. Read about why dating apps aren’t good for your business, how Oxbotica aims to make self-driving cars a reality and BBC continuous gender pay gap woes

In the loop: Deliveroo’s new virtual restaurant bid

Deliveroo unveils Jamie’s Pizzeria as its 1,000th virtual restaurant partner

Deliveroo has made a name for itself by shaking up the restaurant sector by delivering its customers’ grub. Now it’s upping its additional services by announcing its 1,000th virtual restaurant  partner – Jamie’s Pizzeria in Taipei.

As a virtual restaurant, existing eateries essentially add an additional menu to their offering under the new brand. This enables them to use the same kitchen staff but without opening a new physical restaurant, thus saving on overheads and cutting wastage. Additionally, they’re also able to create bespoke menus and attract more customers.

While the concept predates Deliveroo, the company’s vision kicked off in 2017 and now more than 400 businesses are operating under its model. Deliveroo also expects to work with 2,000 virtual restaurants by mid-2019. 

We can’t wait to hear what else the company’s cooking up.

Addison Lee racing ahead to introduce British self-driving car services

From tech titans like Uber and Waymo to startups like and FiveAI, the race is certainly on to make self-driving cars a reality. Now UK-based private car service Addison Lee has thrown its hat into the ring by teaming up with Oxbotica, the British autonomous vehicle software startup.

The two will pool their expertise and resources together to introduce self-driving and environmentally friendly ride-sharing services in Blighty by 2021. They’re also exploring similar corporate shuttles, airport and campus-based services. Moreover, they want to create detailed, digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around London.

As the autonomous car market is rife with competition, it’s safe to say the transportation space is set to change forever.

Brits waste time swiping on dating apps during work hours

Ensuring high team productivity is a herculean task for every entrepreneur. While bosses shouldn’t interfere with their employees’ personal lives, it seems as if it can sometimes become a distraction. For instance, a new report suggests dating apps are keeping employees from doing their work.

Having surveyed 2,090 UK professionals, Once, the dating app, revealed 16% of workers were interrupting their working hours to swipe on dating apps and 10% admitted to being hooked on them even during meetings.

Clearly, head honchos must think twice about how they can ensure employees’ romantic inclinations don’t come in the way of their overall performance.

Government committee slaps BBC for failing to effectively meet gender pay gap

The gender pay gap has been on the headlines a lot this year. Not only have several businesses failed to report their gender pay gap, British remuneration differences between men and women are far below some other European countries. And now the BBC is facing even more criticism for paying people differently depending on their gender.

The story began back in 2017 when BBC China editor Carrie Gracie’s resigned over the issue. Now the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee has completed an inquiry into the matter. It concluded that the “BBC has failed to live up to [its] duty” and that “women within the BBC are working in comparable jobs to men but earning far less.”

The broadcaster has said that it has already began to fix the problem but clearly more work needs to be done.

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Anne Struijcken
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