Deliveroo makes staff shareholders with £10m pot

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Deliveroo has said it will make its permanent staff shareholders, a gesture worth £10m that has not been extended to its delivery drivers. 

The food delivery app founder and chief executive, Will Shu, said the share options were “his way of thanking staff at the company and a way of making sure this is truly our company in every way”.

Deliveroo counts on 35,000 gig economy couriers to deliver takeaway meals ordered through the app, but will only be granting its 2,000 permanent workers in the 12 markets it operates in share options. 

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