Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Beeston (Nottingham) and others
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.73 - Dispensing chemist in specialised stores

700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
9 June 2015
Foreseen end date


UK’s largest pharmacy retailer has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 700 jobs. It has been reported that no job losses will take place in Boots retail stores; rather it is staff working in back office support roles that are being made redundant. Around 400 staff based at the head office in Beaston, Nottingham will lose their jobs, representing around half of the total workforce at this location. An additional 300 support jobs located in other regions across the United Kingdom will also be lost.

The job losses follow the takeover and merger in August 2014 of Boots by US pharmacy chain Walgreens and form part of a restructuring and cost-cutting plan that was originally announced in April 2015. Boots employed approximately 70,000 people across the United Kingdom, having opened its first retail outlet in Nottingham in 1848.

Updated, 11/10/2016; It has been announced that Boots will offer voluntary redundancy packages to 500 staff. These packages are understood to form part of the 700 reductions which were announced in June 2015. Most of the 500 staff affected are based at the head office in Beeston, Nottingham.


  • 8 June 2015: The Guardian
  • 8 June 2015: Nottingham Post
  • 11 October 2016: The business desk


Eurofound (2015), Boots, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 83661, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83661.