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Large operator: Whitbread stated the job losses were less than previously feared

Whitbread cuts 1,500 jobs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The parent company of Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn confirmed 1,500 job losses in its latest trading update – just over 4% of its 36,000 staff.

Incredible support: 'As we sit in tier three and unable to open for the foreseeable, we’re grateful that we’re still in business'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘This certainly wasn’t in the business plan we presented last Christmas’

By Marc Hornby, co-founder, the Virgins & Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Publicans Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby received the keys to their new pub on 9 March – less than a fortnight before the UK’s first national lockdown. Here Marc reflects on taking on a site during a pandemic.

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