Just Eat is offering a package of discounts to independent restaurants hit by the most severe coronavirus restrictions.

Operators in Northern Ireland, Wales and the central Scottish belt will get a 25% discount on commission for Just Eat’s courier service.

Those regions will also pay no commission on collection orders, with merchandising and supplies package, including PPE, provided to all independent restaurant partners.

The measures will initially last for 30 days, and started last Friday (23 October).

Further support will be applied offered across the UK, including the removal of sign up fees for independent restaurants, no commission fees for the first month for new independents joining the Just Eat, as well as free food safety, tax and legal support.

Andrew Kenny, MD of Just Eat UK, said: “There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for the hospitality sector. While many traditional takeaway businesses have seen significant growth across recent months, dine-in focused restaurants facing mandatory closures and opening time restrictions have been hit the hardest.

“We’re pleased to have launched a number of additional support initiatives including a commission discount for those restaurants that use Just Eat’s courier service, as well as helping restaurants that haven’t previously offered a delivery option or are new to the Just Eat platform to get online and remain trading while their dine-in trade remains severely impacted. Additionally, to meet increased demand from customers, we continue to invest in expanding our courier network and are offering commission-free collection on all orders.

“We hope that these measures will continue to provide a valuable lifeline during this challenging time.”