A FAST-FOOD delivery service has launched in Carlisle - bringing a boost to the city's economy and creating a total of 50 new jobs.

Online giant Deliveroo has arrived in the city as the company continues a rapid expansion across the county.

The app and website, which allows food-lovers to order a variety of dishes from nearby restaurants and takeaways, has proved popular in other cities such as Newcastle and Manchester for several years.

A number of independent businesses in Carlisle - such as Fontanas Fish and Chips, Romano Pizzeria, plus Bruce and Luke’s Coffee and Donuts - have all signed up for the scheme, along with a selection of high-street eateries including KFC and Pizza Express.

Deliveroo bosses have said the business will be partnered with 30 local food outlets in the city by the end of the year.

The launch is set to bring about a major boost to small restaurant businesses across Carlisle, by reaching new customers and growing their businesses through offering delivery.

More than 50 jobs will be created for in Carlisle over the course of the first year, with the majority of these being Deliveroo riders, who aim to deliver food, which will be cooked, fresh to order and delivered from the restaurant kitchen to the customers’ door, desk or even the park in under half an hour.

In the coming weeks and months, the company will extend its delivery capability to other towns and villages outside the city.

Harrison Foster, regional director for Deliveroo in the UK, said: “Launching in Carlisle is a key milestone for Deliveroo.

"Carlisle has a thriving foodie community and a wide range of restaurants, so we’re excited to connect them.

"We look forward to working with our new restaurant partners to reach a new customer base and expand their businesses.

"Deliveroo will also create work for 50 local riders and are thrilled to offer a flexible role to the community.”

Customers also have the option to schedule orders via the app up to one day in advance, or receive food as soon as possible between 5pm and 11pm on weekdays and 11.30am and 11pm on weekends.