Bridlington man swaps bins for business with new takeaway app

Garbage collector Tom Cone ditched trash cans for businesses and launched his own app.

Tom said his final goodbyes to his fellow street scene crew at East Riding Carnaby Depot on Monday as he bid farewell to the duties of collecting rubbish, loading bins and picking up rubbish.

It’s now on track to do battle with some of the food industry’s biggest brands with its own takeaway app, aptly named Bridlington Eats. The company already has 27 independent local outlets that customers can choose from.

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Entrepreneur Tom said: “Suffering from depression during lockdown, I needed to get out. The early start with the guys and girls on the bins was great for me: the really nice company and the physical challenge left me cheered up!”

Tom moved to Bridlington just as the third lockdown was announced, but sadly a shoulder injury prevented him from continuing in that role. Luckily for Tom, a new opportunity soon presented itself.

Bored while his shoulder healed, undergoing physiotherapy and waiting for doctors to allow him to return to work, Tom spotted an opportunity to launch an app similar to JustEat, UberEats, Deliveroo and many others. However, his unique perspective would be to focus his efforts on Bridlington and the surrounding area.

Tom went from binman to businessman

Tom said, “Most people don’t realize that big brands charge up to 30% commission on takeout! And that’s not Just Eat…it’s just outrageous!”

Tom’s app offers all the bells and whistles of other apps, and he’s worked hard to sign up for many outlets so people have a good choice. With a charge of just 7.5%, Tom offers over 20% savings for the cafes, burger bars, restaurants and takeaways he recruits.

He continued: ‘When people switch to BridlingtonEats they know the outlets have a much better deal and that will help keep prices down.’

A particularly big issue in this time of runaway inflation, Tom is also helping to cross-promote Bridlington businesses through his creative and imaginative use of social media, competitions and Facebook posts. These include alerts on dodgy £20 notes seen by over 20,000 people!

Tom is also working to raise Bridlington’s profile on TikTok. You can see his latest promotion by by clicking here.

BridlingtonEats will launch in June.

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