The boss of the pub chain Fuller’s has instructed the BBC he might have to put off as much as 10% of his employees – about 500 folks.
The authorities’s determination to encourage folks to make money working from home will hit his agency’s city-centre pubs, Simon Emeny instructed 5live, resulting in job losses.
“We are doing everything possible to minimise that, but sadly it is inevitable,” he stated.
The warning follows different comparable ones from JD Wetherspoon, Premier Inn and Beefeater proprietor Whitbread and Greggs.
Mr Emeny additionally criticised the 10pm curfew on pubs and eating places as “illogical” and “ill-conceived”.
Fuller’s owns about 400 pubs and lodges within the UK, with many within the capital. It employs nearly 5,000 folks in its managed pubs and lodges.
“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 stated.
He stated he and his administration staff are nonetheless figuring out what number of employees must be made redundant, “but it will be at least 10%”.
Of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he stated, “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 stated.
“In a business environment, his style of leadership wouldn’t work.”
It offered its brewing enterprise to Japan’s largest brewer Asahi final yr.
The firm stated the £250m deal would protect the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, west London, the place beer has been brewed since 1654.
It left the corporate to concentrate on its lodges and pubs enterprise, which generated most of its earnings.
Last week Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn and Beefeater, has warned that 6,000 employees may lose their jobs.
The firm blamed the cuts on a droop in resort visitor numbers since lockdown.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has warned its 1,000 employees who work at airport venues that just about half of them may lose their jobs due to the dramatic fall in journey and tourism.
And employees at round half of Greggs’ shops must settle for fewer hours or face shedding their jobs as the federal government’s furlough scheme involves an finish.
The bakery chain, which employs 25,000 staff, expects enterprise exercise to “remain below normal for the foreseeable future”.