Greggs to cut more than 800 jobs due to Covid-19

A national bakery chain, which has branches across Sussex, has announced it is to cut more than 800 jobs as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Greggs has branches across the county. SUS-180211-164116001
Greggs has branches across the county. SUS-180211-164116001

Greggs said the lockdowns had impacted trade.

In a statement on the employees’ information website, Roger Whiteside, the company’s chief executive, said: “Covid trading conditions have forced this action onto our business and we are all very saddened by the need to part company with around 820 friends and colleagues, many of whom have worked with us for many years.

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“Whilst we are sad to see this number of people leave us, we are grateful to our colleagues in our shops who have been prepared to accept a reduction in their contract hours to minimise the need for further redundancies.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who will be leaving us for their dedicated service and contribution to the long history of success in Greggs.

“It may not feel like it now, but experience has taught me that this will open up new chapters of opportunity for those impacted and I wish them all well for the future.”

He added that the ‘battle with Covid’ had not ‘gone away’ and was ‘intensifying further’ as lockdowns continue to be in place across the UK.

He said the firm ‘will not be profitable as a business’ if trade remains at the levels seen during lockdown.

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