Restaurant jobs offer rare cheer
A RESTAURANT chain has bucked the trend by creating 35 new jobs.
Beefeater has just opened a new eaterie at Ashford’s Eureka Business Park, despite the credit crunch putting thousands out of work every week nationally.
The development will also include a Premier Inn, which is due to open next February.
Whitbread, the company behind Beefeater, explains that it has made a significant investment into the area and will create 35 new jobs.
The new restaurant has seating for more than 210 and opened last week.
General manager John Grant said: “The Eureka Park Beefeater is purpose-built.
“We pulled out all the stops to ensure that we were ready to welcome our customers when the doors officially opened.”
The new jobs come as Ashford takes its share of the pain from the economic downturn, which it is feared will lead to more than two million out of work nationally within months.
The total number on Jobseekers’ Allowance in Ashford borough jumped from 750 in May to 988 in October.
This is a rise of 1.1 to 1.5 per cent of the working population and is against October’s 2.6 national average.
Those on Jobseekers’ Allowance are only a section of the unemployed and the overall national percentage announced in November was 5.8 per cent, or 1.82 million people.