LONDON — Quiqup is an on-demand delivery startup for delivering, well, just about anything.
Over the past few years, a flock of delivery startups have rapidly grown up across the UK, each promising users something slightly different. Deliveroo will bring you food from restaurants, while Jinn delivers even from shops that don’t offer delivery.
Quiqup’s couriers will deliver anything, whether that’s a laptop you left at a meeting across town, or a sandwich you fancy from a deli but can’t be bothered to walk half a mile to buy yourself.
It launched in 2014, and on Wednesday, it announced that it has raised £20 million in new funding. CEO Bassel El Koussa told Business Insider the cash injection will go towards growing the startup’s technical team, and towards expanding throughout the country beyond London.
It began life as a “deliver anything” service, but has since expanded. In addition to its consumer-facing service, Quiqup now also provides an option for businesses to start offering deliveries — turning their stores into de facto warehouses.
The £20 million Series B funding round was led by JOBI Capital, and Transmed also invested.
The firm has a fleet of more than 2,000 (self-employed) couriers, it says, and 110 employees. It has completed 550,000 orders.
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