Marston’s pubs – which owns a Bradford local…

Marston’s pubs – which owns a Bradford local – to cut 2,150 jobs due to Covid

PUB chain Marston’s, which owns a popular Bradford local, is set to cut more than 2,000 jobs due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group said around 2,150 of its pub workers currently on furlough support will be impacted, while it will also launch a further cost-cutting plan by the end of the year.

Among its portfolio of pubs is The Hitching Post in Idle.

Marston’s put the blame squarely on the recent nationwide measures to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases, which has seen curfews placed on hospitality venues.

Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston’s, 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.

“I very much regret that the consequence of this is that the jobs of around 2,150 of our colleagues will be impacted, but it is an inevitable consequence of the limitations placed upon our business.

“We will be looking at our cost base further in the coming weeks.”