Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale And Retail Trade And Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Sale Of Motor Vehicles
45.11 - Sale of cars and light motor vehicles

1,800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Pendragon, the British motor retailer has announced restructuring plans that will lead to 1,800 jobs, almost a quarter of its UK workforce, being cut. Pendragon said it would close 15 of its 165 showrooms, the majority of which are loss-making, with 400 job losses. It is expected that further a 1,400 roles would be made redundant at the company’s head office and at its dealers when a review of its operations, which started in 2019, is completed.

The company’s chief executive said the restructure would lead to a new operating model and 'a resilient, leaner and more profitable business' that is better able to face the challenging circumstances in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pendragon owns UK car dealerships selling new and used cars, vans and trucks under several brand names, including Evans Halshaw and Stratstone.  Pendragon’s announcement follows news of job cuts at Lookers, another leading UK-based car retailer.  



Eurofound (2020), Pendragon, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101911, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101911.