Just Eat has partnered with legal services specialist Markel Law and food safety experts NSF to provide free online advice to its restaurant partners.

As part of the initiative, all 35,700 of the the delivery giant’s partners will be able to access free online advice on employment, human resources, health and safety and tax and commercial issues.

The service will also include a special section on issues arising due to the coronavirus pandemic, and one-to-one phone consultations will be offered to the first 4000 partners to sign up.

As well as this legal support, through the NSF helpline restaurants will be able to access specialist 24-hour advice relating to food safety and hygiene matters.

The business has also implemented measures to help restaurants manage cashflow issues. These include moving to a twice weekly payment schedule, and a fast track account registration for Booker and Makro.

“Running a successful restaurant comes with a myriad of challenges, and that has reached new levels for our restaurant partners as they grapple with the impact of COVID-19,” said Andrew Kenny, Just Eat UK managing director. “Accessing expert advice can be tricky for independent restaurants, when they often have more immediate day-to-day tasks to deal with.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been striving to help the restaurants we work with adjust to the ‘new normal’ in every way we can, and we hope that our new partnerships will provide support and reassurance as they adapt.”

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