York jobs threat as hospitality group cuts workforce

The Premier Inn, owned by Whitbread, on Blossom Street, York. Photograph: YorkMix

A major hospitality company with hotels and restaurants in York is cutting jobs.

Whitbread which owns brands such as Premier Inn and Beefeater pubs said the cuts would impact 18 per cent of the total workforce across its hotel and restaurant brands, which also includes the Brewers Fayre chains.

The company employs up to 200 people in York, a council meeting heard.

Simon Brereton, head of economic growth at City of York Council, said: “For York, Whitbread employs somewhere between 100 and 200 people, in five or six locations.

“Whether that [18] per cent will be translated into [18] per cent of those 100 to 200 in York will partly depend on how York performs as a place.

“But we must remember that all of this has to be seen in terms of national challenges for a lot of large employers taking decisions at national level, which will be seen locally as well.”

Cllr Andrew Waller added: “It’s the latest in a series of national decisions taken outside the city which has an impact on employment within York and I did write to the chancellor to make the case for the hospitality industry as York’s economy is so heavily weighted towards that.”

The chain has hotels in Blossom Street and Shipton Road.