Mitchells & Butlers, the pubs and restaurants group, have begun dismissal consultations with a number of staff as they grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
M&B, whose chains include Harvester and All Bar One, has approximately 1,700 pubs and restaurants and 44,000 employees.
He has yet to reveal the number of jobs at risk.
A company spokesperson called it a “difficult and regrettable decision”.
M&B “would seek to redeploy affected personnel to the extent possible,” the spokesperson added.
“Our industry operates under exceptionally difficult and uncertain circumstances.
“While we have worked incredibly hard to secure Covid-19 sites and keep staff and customers safe, we are facing significant challenges with the recently introduced 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, new forced closures and reduced government support that does not. go quite far. ”
The M & B spokesperson also called for additional government support for the hospitality sector.
“With trade restrictions and uncertainty likely to persist for the foreseeable future, we urge the government to increase the level of support it is providing to an industry that has been repeatedly singled out and has suffered hard. whip restrictions. ”
Other well-known brands from the M&B team include Toby Carvery and O’Neill’s.
The move comes after warnings from the hospitality industry that the new coronavirus restrictions will be a blow to bars and restaurants across much of England.
Liverpool bars and pubs have been ordered to close from Wednesday and will receive financial support.
But sites in ‘level 2’ areas, including large parts of the North and Midlands, will lose their custom, as households are no longer allowed to mix inside.
The Night Time Industries Association trade body is pushing for judicial review of the restrictions.