Deliveroo has announced the expansion of its Edinburgh-based tech hub, with 70 high-skilled jobs and a major flagship HQ in 2020.

This announcement follows the acquisition of the software design and development firm Cultivate in 2019. In August 2019 Deliveroo said it hoped to create 50 high-skilled tech jobs within three years.

Indicating Deliveroo’s ambition for its Edinburgh-based tech hub and reflecting the rapid growth of Edinburgh’s digital technology sector, the company’s updated growth plan is to create 70 high-skilled jobs in 2020 alone.

This is a clear recognition of the strength of the digital technology sector and high-skilled talent in Scotland, and a positive milestone for Edinburgh as it continues to define itself as a globally recognised tech hub. This move positions Deliveroo as a key player in the Edinburgh technology scene, which has a number of notable success stories, including Skyscanner and FanDuel.

The existing team will move from the city’s technology incubator CodeBase to a new HQ in Edinburgh in April 2020.

The Edinburgh hub will eventually house other areas of the company’s technical organisation, which includes teams focused on consumers, riders and restaurants.

Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes said: “Scotland has a proud tradition as a digital leader and the Scottish Government is putting digital technology at the heart of everything we do. I am pleased that Deliveroo has chosen Edinburgh as the base for its new flagship HQ, its first UK tech office outside of London. This brings exciting employment and digital skills opportunities, helping us achieve our ambition for Scotland to be a world-class digital nation.”

Dan Winn, Deliveroo VP of engineering added: “Deliveroo is proud to set out our expansion plans for our Edinburgh tech hub in 2020.

“Edinburgh is one of the UK’s fastest growing tech hubs, with access to an excellent talent pool of high skilled people and university graduates. We are excited to build on Cultivate’s expertise to develop cutting-edge products and services from our new office.”