Deltic to axe more than 400 jobs in redundancy consultation

By Nikkie Thatcher

- Last updated on GMT

Industry warning: a number of late-night operators have called on the Government to help save the sector
Industry warning: a number of late-night operators have called on the Government to help save the sector

Related tags: Late night operator, Nightclub, Redundancy, MA500

Late-night operator The Deltic Group is set to slash 402 jobs in a redundancy consultation across its estate after a prolonged period of closure with no reopening date announced yet, reports have stated.

This means Deltic, which has 53 sites nationwide including brands Pryzm and Eden, will lose 10% of its 4,000 workers.

As reported by The Mail on Sunday, ​chief executive Peter Marks said: “There will be far more job losses if we don’t get something material in the next six weeks. As an industry, we won’t get through November.”

Save the sector

This comes after a group of leading late-night operators including the Deltic Group and the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) called on the Government to save the sector from collapse​ before the furlough scheme ends.

While pubs, restaurants, cafés and other areas of hospitality were able to reopen from the coronavirus lockdown from 4 July, late-night venues such as nightclubs have not yet been given an indication of when they can reopen from the Government.

However, research from the NTIA has found that more than half (57.6%) of night-time venues will not survive longer than two months without further support.

Safety measures in place

What's more, the NTIA found that three quarters (73%) of night-time operators will be making more than half their workforce redundant from September while 82.9% will be making people redundant following the end of the furlough scheme.

A key finding of the Nightclub and Venue Reopening Strategy ​​report, which the NTIA commissioned the Institute of Occupational Medicine to produce, found overall capacity restrictions to 75% of the legal building occupancy based on regulations will ensure distancing is possible throughout the venue.

It also highlighted the safety measures that are already or can be in place such as ID scans and temperature checks upon entry, contactless payment, crowd control through licensed security, ventilation systems, large square footage venues to allow social distancing alongside frequent and high intensity cleaning and hygiene regimes.

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