EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Handmade Burger Company

Handmade Burger Company

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): various locations


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56.10 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Number Employed: 283

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-01-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 283
Planned Job Reductions max: 283
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy
Employment Effect Start: 23-01-2020
Direct Dismissals: 283

Additional Information

The Handmade Burger Company, a UK-based chain of burger restaurants, has entered administration and all its 18 outlets across England and Scotland have closed, making 283 employees redundant.

A representative of the joint administrators said that that the business was closed because it had become financially unsustainable as sales declined. According to him, there is an overcapacity in the UK casual dining sector, which has resulted in a high number of bankruptcies in the last years. He added that the administrators would help the affected employees to claim the payments they are entitled to.