Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.30 - Beverage serving activities

2,150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 October 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Marston’s, the British pub and brewery group has announced that it will cut 2,150 jobs across the UK, in response to the newly introduced Covid-19 restrictions and the end of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The source mentioned that the company was also highly indebted. 

A statement by the company said the tighter new restrictions were 'disappointing' and added that it was planning to conduct 'a full review of overhead costs' by the end of the year.

The trade union Unite regrets the job cuts news and called for government intervention to support the hospitality sector.

Marston’s, formerly known as Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries  is one of the largest pub operators in the UK. It operates 1,400 pubs, restaurants, cocktail bars, and hotels, and prior to the pandemic it employed 14,000 people.



Eurofound (2020), Marston's, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102261, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102261.