AN innovative man-with-a-van app created in Swindon is looking to recruit its first drivers.

Tote is an on-demand delivery app to connect people who need a delivery service with van drivers.

Its aim is to follow the path of apps such as Uber and Deliveroo to potentially revolutionise the delivery sector by giving customers a quote for a removals job within minutes.

It will offer specific services such as waste disposal, or a smaller move of one of two bigger items such as sofas or mattresses.

And it was one of the first start-ups to be taken under the wing of Nationwide for its mentoring programme which launched last year.

After working with the building society’s digital team to develop the front-end of the app, the start-up is now welcoming drivers to a networking event at the Workshed to sign up to the scheme.

Shane Moore, CEO and founder of Tote, said: “We are excited to be bringing this much sought after service to Swindon, and are looking forward to expanding our network of drivers in the run up to the launch of the app.

“Tote offers a great opportunity to find local jobs for the man and van industry, and gives them the backing of knowing we will support any issues that arise in a fair manner to both parties.

“We know this industry is served by some of the hardest working people out there, and we want to help them find additional work and fill gaps in their schedules.

“Our HeroHub event is scheduled for April 18, from 7pm at the Workshed in the heart of Swindon.

“It’s a great chance for people to meet us all and to network with other drivers whilst learning what Tote is really about.”

Nationwide has launched the second round of its six-month mentoring programme to businesses with a social purpose and applications have now closed.

The second start-up to benefit from the programme was the Platform Project.

The non-for-profit youth enterprise scheme said it had been a game changer for getting off the ground and recently launched its youth magazine, written and produced by teenagers covering social issues affecting them.