Upper Crust set to cut up to 5,000 UK jobs due to impact of COVID-19

Restaurant chain Upper Crust’s owner – SSP Group – has announced that it is to cut up to 5,000 jobs across the UK. This is after a vastly reduced amount of travel across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Global sales for the firm in April and May this year were down 95% on the previous year’s sales.

SSP operates 580 outlets across the UK, mostly at railway stations, airports and bus stations – however only a handful are currently open to the public.

SSP Group CEO Simon Smith said: “COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and on SSP’s businesses in all geographies. We are beginning to see early signs of recovery in some parts of the world and are starting to open units as passenger demand picks up. However, in the UK the pace of the recovery continues to be slow.”

The company added: “If the pace of the recovery continues at the current level, this could lead to up to c. 5,000 roles becoming redundant from within the head office and UK operations.”