Pizza Hut Delivery has signed a new franchise agreement to see it improve and expand its presence in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West of England.

The new partnership will see Starboard Dining become the franchisee for 27 existing delivery and takeaway sites across the regions, supporting 540 jobs and providing investment to both renovate and grow the estate this year.

The deal will form part of Pizza Hut’s upcoming expansion plans as announced in November last year, which should see it enter 125 new locations over a three-year period – creating around 2,000 additional jobs.

“We’re excited to see what new growth 2021 has in store for us, including increasing our footprint through strategic franchising deals such as this,” said Neil Manhas, general manager UK at Pizza Hut Delivery. “Starboard and our other franchisees play a key role in helping us to deliver customer favourites safely, provide essential jobs and support our communities throughout the pandemic, including our delivery of over 250,000 free meals for the NHS.”

Starboard is one of the UKs leading independent hotel owners, operating 21 hotels across the country with brands including Hilton, IHG, Accor, Wyndham and Best Western.