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Business briefing: Deliveroo to give couriers skills for their own start-ups

DELIVEROO has set up an ‘academy’ offering riders free training courses and the chance to create their own start-ups.

The food delivery company said workers will be given access to more than 300 free online training courses, from how to write a CV to learning a language and web design.

It comes after a study commissioned by Deliveroo last year showed that almost 40 per cent of riders wanted to start their own business.

The business support and skills measures, which form the Deliveroo Academy, were announced as tech leaders gathered in Paris for a technology summit hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron.

Deliveroo founder and CEO Will Shu said: ‘Riders work with Deliveroo because of the flexibility it gives them to fit work around their lives. We know that lots of riders want to create their own start-up and it’s exciting to be able to help them along their journey.

‘Many riders are also looking for the opportunity to study or learn new skills, so we’re delighted to be able to offer a package of support from learning soft skills to setting up a business.’

Mr Shu will be attending the VivaTech summit, which opens on Saturday.

Virgin offering a rum gig for one lucky bartender

Judges: Mr Forbes with Jodie Kidd

AN AMBITIOUS bartender is being offered the chance to make waves by manning a floating bar in Jamaica.

Joined by supermodel turned publican Jodie Kidd, Virgin Holidays is searching for someone wanting to swap the beer gardens of Britain for Floyd’s Pelican Bar, a short boat ride off the Caribbean island’s coast.

Floyd Forbes built the bar in 2001 — but he has been prevented from taking a break for eight years after the hangout became a mecca for locals and tourists alike.

Rum’s up: Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a boat ride off the coast of Jamaica PICTURES: JOE PEPLAR/ PINPEP

The winner will take their position this summer. Virgin Holidays’ Joe Thompson said: ‘We have sent millions of British holidaymakers to explore this idyllic part of the world over the last few decades but never like this. It’s an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the Jamaican culture.’

Tesco boss: Online tax could save high street

TESCO’S boss has called for a two per cent online sales tax to ‘level the playing field’ for ailing high street retailers.

Chief executive Dave Lewis said thousands of companies are struggling under a system that is ‘outdated, not fit for purpose and doesn’t reflect the way people shop today’ as he also called for business rates to be cut by a fifth.

The proposed levy would be applied to revenue from online sales of physical goods, rather than individual transactions, so it would be up to retailers to pass the cost on to their consumers, he added.

BUSINESS BITES

■ METRO Bank, which has no connection to Metro newspaper, has been forced to quash ‘false rumours’ over its finances. The group’s stock fell after it revealed it was in discussions over plans to raise £350million.

■ THE energy price cap has dragged down E.On’s earnings. The energy supplier also blamed ‘keen competition’ as earnings fell by £77million. UK sales fell £173million in the three months to March.

■ FUNERAL director Dignity said a 22,000 drop in UK deaths so far in 2019 has led to a 42 per cent fall in profit to £21.7million in the first quarter. The company’s share price fell seven per cent at the news.

■ BRITISH GAS owner Centrica has warned unusually warm weather will affect its first-half results. The company has also taken a £70million hit from the energy price cap and has lost 234,000 customers.

■ AMAZON is giving its workers the chance to set up their own business delivering goods. It will cover the start-up costs for UK employees who could earn up to £150,000 a year running a fleet of 20-40 vehicles. Amazon said it wanted to ‘make the dreams of employees who have always wanted to run their own business come true’.

■ NEARLY a third of us spent more than we earned in March. Some 35 per cent of renters overspent, compared with 24 per cent of home owners, a poll of 2,000 people by insolvency trade body R3 found.