Retail and hospitality sectors warn of Christmas recession from Covid-19 lockdown

Marston – 2,150 works
October 15: Marston – the brewery, which has about 1,400 pubs, restaurants, cocktail bars and hotels across the UK – says new Covid restrictions will cut 2,150 jobs. The company has more than 14,000 employees.

Wheatbread – 6,000 jobs
September 22: Whitbread, owner of Premier Inn, Beefitor and Brewers Fair Chain, says it will cut 1,000 jobs in its hotels and restaurants, with about one in five employees.

Pizza Express – 1,100 jobs
September September: Restaurants have confirmed the closure of three restaurants as part of a restructuring agreement.

Costa Coffee – 1,650 works
September 3: The company bought by Coca-Cola two years ago employs 1,650 people in its cafes, more than one in ten of its employees. The role of assistant store manager will cover all stores.

Anger Print – 2,890 works
August 2: Most cut sandwich chains focus on shop workers, but will lose 90 roles in support center teams. These cuts include the loss of one thousand jobs announced in July

Marx and Spencer – 7,000 works
August 18: Food, clothing and homeware retailers cut jobs at central support centers, regional management and stores.

M&C – 400 jobs
August 5: MF Co, a Renfrewshire-based clothing retailer, formerly known as McCoy, closes 47 of 215.

WH Smith – 1,500 jobs
August 5: The chain, which sells everything from sandwiches to stationery, will cut jobs at UK railway stations and airports.

Dixon Carphone – 800 works
August 4: Electronics retailer Dixon Carphone cuts 800 store managers as it continues to cut costs.

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DW Sports – 1,700 jobs at risk
August 3: DW falls under the sports administration, immediately shutting down its retail website and risking closing 150 gyms and shops.

Marx and Spencer – 950 works
July 20: High Street Stalwart reduces management jobs to head office role related to property and store management.

Ted Baker – 500 jobs
July 19: Fashion retailer London headquarters, Ugly Brown Building, and stores to play the remaining 200 roles.

Azzurri – 1,200 works
July 17: Ask Italian and Gigi Pizza chain owners close 75 restaurants and offer cable pod lunches

Barberry – 500 jobs worldwide
July 15: A total of 150 posts are included at the UK head office as luxury brands try to reduce prices by £ 55m after sales fall during the epidemic.

Boots – 4,000 jobs
July 9: Boots closes 48 Optician outlets at Nottingham head office and reduces some management and customer service roles in staff, closing 48 Optician outlets and cutting 7% of staff.

John Lewis – 1,300 jobs
July 9: John Lewis announces that it plans to close eight of its 50 permanent stores, including full department stores in Birmingham and Watford, possibly losing 1,300 jobs.

Celtic Manor – 450 works
July 9: Bosra says at the Celtic Collection in Newport, which hosted the 2010 Golf Rider Cup and the 2014 Natore Conference, that 450 of its 995 employees will lose their jobs.

Print a manager – 1,000 jobs
July July: Print The Manager will have to permanently close 30 branches and cut at least 1,000 jobs after suffering “significant operating losses” as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Casual dining group – 1,900 jobs
July 2: Owners of Bella Italia, Caf র Rouge and Las Iguanas restaurants collapse under administration, with 1,900 jobs lost. The company said multiple offers were on the table for business segments but buyers did not want to acquire all existing sites and 91 of its 250 outlets would remain permanently closed.

Arcadia – 500 jobs
July 1: Arcadia, Sir Philip Green’s troubled fashion group – which owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Evans and Wallis – said in July that 500 of the 2,500 head office jobs would go out in the coming weeks.

SSP Group – Five thousand jobs
July 1: The owner of Upper Crust and Caf Ritazzar will employ 5,000,000 people, about half a million workers, at its head office and cut off the UK’s highways after domestic and international travel stops.

Harrods – 700 works
July 1: The department store group cuts one in seven of its 4,800 employees because of the “ongoing impact” of the epidemic.

Harvey – 240 works
June 30: Administrators create 240 redundancies at furniture chain Harvey’s, leaving more than 1,300 at risk if no buyers are found.

TM Levin – 600 jobs
June 30: Shirtmaker TM Lewin shuts down almost all of its jobs outlets, losing about 600 jobs.

Monsoon Access – 545 works
June 11: In June, fashion brands were bought out of administration by their founder Peter Simon, in a deal that permanently closed 35 stores and lost 555 jobs.

Mulberry – 470 works
June 7: The luxury fashion and accessories brand cuts its global workforce by 25% and has begun consulting with 470 workers at risk.

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Restaurant group – 3,000 jobs
June 3: Owners of dining chains such as Wagamama and Frankie & Benz shut down Chikuito and all 11 of its food and fuel pubs, and 120 more restaurants permanently closed. The total work loss could reach 3,000.

Clarks – 900 jobs
May 21: Clarks plans to cut jobs in 900 offices worldwide as a result of the epidemic, along with online shoe purchases.

Oasis and warehouse – 1,800 jobs
April 30: Fashion brands were bought out of administration by restructuring firm Hilco in April, with all their stores permanently closed and 1,700 jobs lost.

Cath Kidston – 900 jobs
April 21: More than 900 jobs at retro retail label Cath Kidston were cut immediately after the agency said it was closing all 60 stores in the UK permanently.

Debenhams – 4,000 jobs
April 9: For the second time in a year since the fall of the administration in April, it will lose at least 4,000 jobs at its head office and in Denham.

Laura Ashley – 2,700 jobs
March 1: Laura Ashley’s administration collapses with 2,700 job losses, saying epidemic rescue talks have failed.

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