Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
London, Carlisle and Cardiff
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.71 - Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 March 2020
Employment effect (start)
20 March 2020
Foreseen end date


The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, the British fashion retail company, has made around 100 employees redundant with immediate effect in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The affected employees worked in head office and business function roles in London, Carlisle and Cardiff.

Responding to criticism for cutting jobs instead of sending staff on temporary paid leave, a representative of the company said that it would take a long time before the high street fashion market improves. Furthermore, all Edinburgh Woollen Mill retailer stores are closed from Sunday 22 March until further notice, and the company is considering reducing salaries by up to 50% for the remaining staff in the coming weeks

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group operates countrywide, and owns a number of well-known British fashion brands, including Peacocks and Jaeger.



Eurofound (2020), Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 100368, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100368.