Whitbread axes 20 jobs in supply chain division

30 November 2005
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30 November 2005 | Anusha Bradley

Pub, restaurant and hotel operator Whitbread has cut 20 jobs from its 100-strong supply chain department.

SM has learned the changes are part of a wider strategic reorganisation of the firm announced in October.

A spokeswoman said the aim was to save £25 million, with the subsequent loss of 250 staff from all functions.

"Obviously the supply chain department is affected and 20 people will leave the business in the next month," she said.

Whitbread has been going through strategic structural changes in the past 18 months under its chief executive Alan Parker.

The company, which runs chains including Premier Lodge, Costa and Pizza Hut, has also made changes to its senior management team by introducing shared services for all its brands to streamline its operations.

HR, property, finance, IT and communications will now have a team each to serve all of Whitbread's brands.

In October the company revealed six-month pre-tax profits had increased by 11 per cent to £102.9 million. This is compared with £92.7 million the previous year.

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