Tom Cone has bid his last farewell to his fellow street performers at East Riding Carnaby Depot, quitting his duties collecting rubbish, loading bins and picking up litter.
He is now taking on some of the biggest brands in the food industry with a takeaway app called Bridlington Eats.
The new app is set to launch on Tuesday June 7 and Mr Cone hopes the city’s cafes, restaurants and takeaways will sign up for its service to give customers a ‘better deal’.
Tom, who lives in Bridlington with his wife Deborah, said: “I will focus my efforts on Bridlington and only charge 7.5% commission.
“Some of the other delivery companies charge up to 30% commission on top of the cost of the meals. People don’t realize that and the money goes out of town forever.
“I hope businesses will register with Bridlington Eats so locals can save some money on their food.
“The app offers all the functionality of other competitors and I have worked hard with local outlets to provide the right service.
“I have found a business model that will give customers in Bridlington a much better deal and the money will stay in our town.
“Talking to local food vendors, the more people who sign up for the app, the more likely they are to lower their prices. It must be good for everyone.
“I want to bring businesses together and make sure there is business for them throughout the winter months as well as the summer period.”
Mr Cone was a businessman before the Covid lockdowns but after suffering from depression during the restrictions he decided to get a job to get him back into the community.
Mr Cone, who moved to Bridlington shortly before the third lockdown following his wife’s cancer diagnosis, said: ‘The early working days with the lads and gals on the bins were great for me – c It was a really pleasant and physically difficult company. It lifted my spirits! I really enjoyed their company, the variation each day and the physical work.
However, a shoulder injury interrupted his work with the Street Scene team and during his recovery he spotted an opportunity to launch an app similar to JustEat, UberEats, Deliveroo and many more.
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