EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Bedfordshire CC; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; East of England
Location of affected unit(s): Dunstable


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56 - Food and beverage service activities
Number Employed: 35000
Group: Whitbread Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-04-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 101
Planned Job Reductions max: 101
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 15-04-2019
Direct Dismissals: 101

Additional Information

A source close to Whitbread, the UK-based leisure group, said that more than 100 jobs in the company’s head office will be cut. Consultation with the affected staff has started and ten people have already been made redundant. A spokesperson for Whitbread said that there will be a 'small number' of job cuts and the company will create '1,700 new jobs over the next twelve months.' However, information about the planned job creation is not available. The decision to reduce the number of staff follows the sale of Costa Coffee, previously owned by Whitbread to the Coca-Cola Company in early 2019. Immediately after the sale, Whitbread’s chief executive said that they were looking into 'simplifying and removing duplication in some areas.' Trade unions or other employee representatives have not commented on the job cuts.