BUSINESSES in Somerset looking to grab a pizza the action could have the chance to do just that, with Pizza Hut Delivery looking to expand its delivery and takeaway offering across the UK.

Following significant increased demand for Pizza Hut Delivery, specialist business property adviser Christie & Co will assist Pizza Hut in acquiring new sites, by converting existing operators to franchisees of one of Britain’s favourite household brands.

Through its existing franchise network, Pizza Hut Delivery already has over 600 sites in the UK, 380 of which are delivery and takeaway only locations in the UK.

The company is initially seeking 125 new sites to expand its delivery and takeaway offerings, seeking franchisees in the North East and South West of England in particular.

It is looking for either new partners who will share its love for the brand, the product and its customers, or to work with experienced and proven operators who are committed to company growth and who are willing to invest over the short, medium, and long term.

Opportunity for growth in the current climate is significant, as demand for delivery has grown during lockdown.

More than half a million more orders were made, compared to the same period in 2019.

Neil Manhas, general manager UK at Pizza Hut Delivery, said: “Pizza Hut Delivery has been a beloved brand in communities across the UK for decades and we’re excited to build on this strength and continue expanding our reach in the UK.

"Pizza Hut Delivery was designated an essential service during lockdown and continued to operate, successfully feeding the nation during these difficult times and donating over 250,000 free meals to the NHS.

"We have always played a part in our local communities and we’re delighted to build on this as the demand for delivery services only increases.”