Figures published by the Government indicate the amount claimed by the country’s largest pub companies within a banded range.
Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, (CRJS) the Government contributes 80% towards wages of staff who cannot work amid the pandemic.
Pubs were hit by a regional tier system in December, following England’s second national lockdown.
Stringent rules limited socialising between households, tightened rules on the sale of alcohol and instigated a curfew for drinkers, with tougher measures for areas reporting high coronavirus numbers.
Most of the country had been placed into the most severe restrictions days before Christmas, meaning pubs were forced to close.
JD Wetherspoon (JDW) claimed between £25,000,001 to £50,000,000 under the furlough scheme at the end of last year.
More than 300 staff were made redundant across JDW’s airport sites and head office, The Morning Advertiser (MA) reported last month.
Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited also claimed between £25,000,001 to £50,000,000.
The Birmingham-based pub operator set out its plans to raise £350m through an open share offer last month (February).
Greene King also claimed a substantial amount through the scheme, with one division (Greene King Retail Services Limited) claiming between £10,000,001 to £25,000,000 and another trading division (Greene King Services Ltd) £5,000,001 to £10,000,000.
The Suffolk-based pub company and brewer has some 38,000 employees. Greene King CEO, Nick Mackenzie, shared that the company was presently burning through £7m a week.
Ei Group Limited claimed between £250,001 to £500,000.
Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company also claimed a high amount through the scheme, with one trading division (Marston’s Beer Company), claiming for between £500,001 to £1,000,000.
What’s more, a division named Marston’s Trading Limited, claimed between £5,000,001 to £10,000,000.
HMRC also published information on other pub companies, including Admiral Taverns, which claimed between £100,001 to £250,000 and Punch Taverns which claimed between £0.01 to £10,000.
The Government will publish a new list each month, meaning claim information for January 2021 will be published at the end of March 2021. This publication will also include a refresh of the December 2020 information to take into consideration any amendments or repayments.
The furlough scheme is set to expire at the end of April 2021, with the trade calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the policy at the upcoming Budget (Wednesday 3 March).
Pub bosses have also called for an end on the requirement for employers to pay National Insurance contributions, with one operator telling The MA the extra expense was "killing" their business.