Mitchells and Butlers consults on pub jobs
The Sheep Heid, part of the Mitchells and Butlers chain
Pubs chain Mitchells and Butlers, whose brands include Harvester, All Bar One and O’Neill’s is believed to be consulting staff on redundancies.
The company also owns the Toby Carvery brand and employs some 44,000 across 1,700 pubs and restaurants, including the Sheep Heid at Duddingston. It is unclear how many jobs may be at risk.
The move is seen as a heightening of tensions between government and business over the impact of restrictions.
A spokesman was quoted saying: “Our industry is operating in exceptionally challenging and uncertain circumstances.
“While we have worked incredibly hard to make sites Covid-19 secure and keep staff and customers safe, we are facing significant difficulties from the recently introduced 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, new enforced closures and tapering government support that doesn’t go far enough.”
The government says it is making grants and other support available to pubs and restaurants.
However, pub owners say it may not be enough to save many outlets.
The M&B spokesman added “With trading restrictions and uncertainty likely to continue for the foreseeable future, we strongly urge the government to step up the level of support it is offering to an industry which has been repeatedly singled out and taken the full brunt of restrictions.”
Last month it reported a 35% fall in sales over the year.