Restau­rant jobs of­fer rare cheer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

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.

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