A leading chain of pizza delivery stores has announced multi-million pound expansion plans to open new outlets and create up to 2,000 jobs.
Pizza Hut Delivery said it aims to open at least 100 new stores by 2014 through investment of about £20 million.
A key part of the investment is the launch of a new franchise incentive scheme developed to support the opening of new stores.
The programme offers up to £65,000 to existing and new franchisees for opening a new store by November 30 2013 subject to terms and conditions.
The company said the "aggressive expansion plan" will create significant opportunities for existing and prospective franchisees across England, Wales and Scotland to invest in the pizza delivery brand.
Spokesman Mark Fox said: "We are committed to delivering a major investment in growing our UK system, creating significant new opportunities for existing and would-be franchisees.
"Our investment will increase our marketing spend, drive the outlet numbers and visibility of Pizza Hut Delivery, and create opportunities for franchisees to grow their businesses quickly.
"The long-term goal is to establish a solid base of over 700 delivery stores across the UK, with an immediate business focus of delivering an additional 100 stores."
Pizza Hut Delivery currently has around 300 stores in England, Wales and Scotland, both company-owned and franchise.