Devan nominated for EY entrepreneur of the year

By Maurice Garvey

DEVAN Hughes, CEO and co-founder of grocery delivery provider Buymie has been nominated as a finalist of the 2020 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Hughes is nominated in the Emerging Category of the awards, which are in it’s 23rd year.

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Devan Hughes, CEO of Buymie

The nomination for Hughes follows a “whirlwind” time for the Tallaght based online delivery business.

Recently, the company announced their expansion into the UK after establishing a partnership with Co-op.

Buymie plan to offer same-day home grocery deliveries and full personal shopping services to over 200,000 households across Bristol and its surrounding areas.

 In Ireland, Buymie expects to create 200 personal shopping jobs over the next six months, including 30 drivers recently hired due to increased demand on the service during Covid-19 restrictions.

Buymie’s mobile app allows customers to book same-day, tailored grocery deliveries straight to their front door.

Delivery is a standard €4.99 charge for all baskets but a Buymie subscription programme allows free delivery for baskets above €40.

Customers have no limitation on basket size and a personal shopper is appointed when they make an order.

First launching in the Dublin market in 2016, Buymie have retail partnerships with Lidl and Tesco.

One overall winner will be selected as The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 in November.

 Roger Wallace, Partner Lead for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme said: “2020 has been a challenging year so far for many businesses but we know that if there is one group that will rise to that challenge, it’s our island’s entrepreneurs.

“The judges have selected an exceptional group of businesspeople from a very impressive pool of nominees.”

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