Deliveroo has commissioned research which claims the business added £460m to the eating out sector in the year to June 2017.

The figure is calculated by looking the increase in sales at restaurants which signed up to Deliveroo, as well as the resultant rise in goods bought from suppliers.

The report, by Capital Economics, estimates Deliveroo could be worth as much as £1.5bn to the UK economy by 2019, according to the Daily Telegraph.

It claims that if the rate at which Deliveroo has signed up new restaurants continues, its economic contribution would lead to roughly £200m in tax being paid to the Treasury.

The £1.5bn figure predicted for the 12 months to June 2019 compares to the £372m in value the company contributed to the economy in the same period this year.

Since launching four years ago in the UK, the company said it had helped create 7,200 jobs across the restaurant sector, which includes the supply chain of food producers. The bulk of jobs created in restaurants which are on Deliveroo’s website have been in London and the South East, with 2,780 and 580 respectively. This was followed by the North West at 390 and Scotland and the South West both on 330.