Harvester, All Bar One and Toby Carvery owner axes 1,300 jobs

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PUB operator Mitchells and Butlers – owner of Harvester, All Bar One and Toby Carvery – has axed 1,300 jobs following the coronavirus crisis.

The company said it could no longer support these roles due to lockdown restrictions on boozers across the country.

Mitchells and Butler has cut 1,300 jobs, it confirmed today

Revealing its annual results today, Mitchells and Butlers swung into the red as it slumped to a £123million annual loss for the year.

The pub chain employs about 44,000 people in about 1,700 restaurants.

The announcement comes as Harvester, All Bar One and Toby Carvery branches remain temporarily closed across England due to the on-going four-week lockdown.

Branches aren’t expected to open again until at least December 2, although they remain open in Wales and Scotland.

Pubs across the UK were also forced to shut for over three months earlier this year, from March 20 until July 4, thanks to the first coronavirus lockdown.

We’ve asked Mitchells and Butler how many redundancies hit each of its brands and we’ll update this article when we get a response.

HOAR is also checking if any pubs have been permanently closed.

The company warned over a “challenging and highly uncertain” future if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t contained.

Phil Urban, chief executive of Mitchells and Butlers, said: “Throughout a very uncertain and challenging year our businesses and teams have adapted quickly.

“We saw direct evidence of this from a strong trading period in July and August before further restrictions came into force.

“With our great estate, balanced portfolio of brands and proven management team, we remain optimistic that we will be able to regain the momentum previously built and continue to achieve sustained market outperformance, when the current operating restrictions are eased.”

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