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Restrictions force Marstons to cut furloughed jobs

Brewer and pub chain Marstons is to cut up to 2,150 furloughed jobs as it feels the continuing affect of coronavirus regulations.

The company said increased restrictions, including the ongoing 10pm curfew and closures in the Liverpool area and any further Tier 3 regions, were behind the decision.

With 99 per cent of its pubs reopening since July 4, Marstons said 10,000 employees had returned to work but the with the Job Retention Scheme ending at the end of the month the cuts were "an inevitable consequence of the limitations placed upon our business".

Chief executive Ralph Findlay said a review into further cost reductions would be completed by December.

He said: "The additional restrictions which have been applied across the UK most recently present significant challenges to us and will make business more difficult for a period of time."

Marstons said sales were 10 per cent below the figures from last year since reopening, despite an upturn during August during the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The company runs several pubs across Gloucestershire including The Avenue, Greyhound and High Orchard in Gloucester, Railway Inn and Swan in Cheltenham, Black Horse in Cirencester, and Kingsbridge in Bourton on the Water.

The move follows an announcement earlier this week that Mitchells & Butlers were in consultation with employees about redundancies while last week Greene King said 800 jobs were going.

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