News in brief: Food+City Challenge; taxis; freelancers

News in brief
News in brief

UK start-up EatBy App named as a finalist in Food+City Challenge

A UK-based start-up, EatBy App, has been named as one of the 24 finalists in the second annual Food+City Challenge Prize, being held in Texas in the US. The finalists have been chosen from 115 of the best entrepreneur submissions from around the world.

Available on Apple and Android devices, the EatBy App is a free mobile application that helps its users manage the food in their kitchen. Every feature of the app is designed to reduce food waste. It includes a shopping list that integrates with an “Eat By” list showing what's in your fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards. It also reminds the user to eat food while it is still fresh.

“We are thrilled to be taking part in the finals in Austin” said co-founder, Steffan Lewis, “being chosen as a finalist from so many worthy projects means a great deal to us.”

New measures to introduce mandatory right to work checks on taxi drivers

Taxi and private hire drivers will have to prove they are in the UK legally before being granted licences, under new powers in the Immigration Bill. The proposals mean licensing authorities must conduct checks on applicants to ensure they are in the UK lawfully, and that they have permission to work before granting a licence.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: “We have already made it harder for people to live and work in the UK illegally through the Immigration Act 2014 — and this Immigration Bill goes even further.

“Taxi and private hire drivers are usually self-employed and therefore not subject to existing right to work checks conducted by employers. This leaves scope for exploitation by illegal workers. Through the Immigration Bill we want to ensure drivers and operators are in the UK legally – and have the right to work.”

Majority of freelancers report high job satisfaction levels

Almost nine in ten freelancers (86%) agree that they are very satisfied with the way they work, according to a new national survey from IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

The research found that almost two thirds (65%) of freelancers intend to continue working in this way for the foreseeable future. Comparatively, only a very small number (2%) want to make the switch and work as an employee. This suggests that the increase in the number of freelancers over the past few years is not because it was a short-term solution during the recession, but because working this way is a long-term and satisfying career choice.

The survey also discovered that the majority turn to freelance work because they like to be their own boss (79%) and because it provides a better work/life balance (69%). This demonstrates many take the leap into freelancing because of the freedom over how they can organise their time, as they are only answerable to themselves.