Greene King to close 79 pubs and cut 800 jobs after curfew causes slump in trade


Greene King which owns almost 1,700 pubs and employees 38,000 workers, said it hopes to redeploy staff where possible, with 800 workers now officially on consultation

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Greene King is preparing to close dozens of pubs across the UK, following a slump in trade exacerbated by the mandatory 10pm curfew.

The company has today launched a consultation with 800 employees about a redundancy process tied to 25 permanent closures.

Greene King which owns almost 1,700 pubs in Britain, said it will look to redeploy staff where possible. The company has more than 38,000 employees UK-wide.

Today’s announcement comes after the boss of pub chain Fuller’s admitted more than 500 jobs could be lost as a result of the pandemic.

Simon Emeny said the firm may have to axe up to 10% of workers as Covid-19 continues to bite the hospitality sector.

It came after the government introduced a new 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England, amid a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The government’s decision to encourage people to work from home will affect the chain’s city-centre pubs, Simon Emeny said.

Fuller’s, which has a more than 5,000 employees, owns around 400 pubs and hotels in the UK.

« The biggest challenge we have around job losses is in central London, because the current Prime Minister’s announcement last week to discourage people from going back to the office is having a big impact on city centres and in particular Central London, » he said.

He said he and his management team are still working out how many staff will have to be made redundant, « but it will be at least 10% ».

Of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he said, « I don’t think he’s had a good few months. »

« There are elements of the Prime Minister’s job that I don’t envy him but I also think there are significant elements where he has made continual mistakes and we have seen the government do u-turns on five or six key decisions, » he said.

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In the past fortnight, Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn and Beefeater, warned that 6,000 staff could lose their jobs.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has also announced plans to axe 1,000 staff at airport venues while Greggs, which has 25,000 employees, is cutting hours across its workforce.

On the high street, TSB has also confirmed 848 new redundancies, while Cineworld will temporarily close all 127 of its UK branches on Thursday, affecting 4,500 employees.


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