Sunday 21 August 2016 5:23 pm

Uber is gearing up to launch UberEats in 12 more cities across Europe

Uber is planning an ambitious expansion of its food delivery service UberEats across Europe just two months after it first arrived in London.

The billion-dollar startup is already eyeing its second city in the UK and plans to expand beyond its existing patch of central London.

Meanwhile it's planning to launch in a further 12 cities in 10 countries across the rest of Europe. 

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The tech firm is hiring for restaurant and courier operations managers based in Birmingham and several other positions based in London with a "UK expansion" remit, according to job ads on its website first spotted by the Telegraph.

Further ads identify more locations across Europe where it's hiring for the service, but has yet to officially launch.

They include Vienna in Austria, Brussels in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, Berlin and Munich in Germany, Milan and Rome in Italy, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, Stockholm in Sweden and Zurich in Switzerland. 

“We’re very encouraged by the growth we’ve seen in both London and Paris, and are investing heavily to bring UberEats to new cities across Europe,” said head of European operations Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty.

The service first launched in Paris in 2014 and Uber is also looking to expand further in France.

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UberEats is an extension to the hugely successful taxi model which has made the Silicon Valley company a household name. It delivers food from restaurants which users can order via a standalone app to its car-hailing service. Restaurants in the capital signed up to UberEats include burger place Patty & Bun, Burrito chain Chilango and healthy takeaway Leon.

The service takes on homegrown startup Deliveroo, which recently landed millions of pounds of further investment making it a so-called unicorn startup valued at more than $1bn.

Uber last week announced a serious milestone in its efforts to bring driverless cars to the world's roads. However, it also became embroiled in a new legal row with London's regulator, Transport for London, and new mayor Sadiq Khan over the regulation of its ride-hailing service in the capital.