Daily Express


- By Steph Spyro

PREMIER Inn owner Whit­bread is to axe up to 6,000 jobs or 18 per cent of its work­force.

Whit­bread, which hopes a “sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion” will be by vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy, saw its sales plunge by al­most 80 per cent dur­ing the first half its fi­nan­cial year.

Although de­mand has risen since hospi­tal­ity re­opened in July, the Beefeater owner ex­pects lev­els to be lower than be­fore the pan­demic.

Whit­bread boss Ali­son Brit­tain said: “With de­mand for travel re­main­ing sub­dued, we are now hav­ing to make some very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions.”

Mean­while, pub chain JD Wether­spoon warned that up to 450 peo­ple at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birm­ing­ham, Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow air­ports could be made re­dun­dant.

Boss John Hut­son said the move was due to “the large re­duc­tion in pas­sen­ger num­bers”.

Many na­tion­wide are likely to be at risk as fur­lough winds down.

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