Following the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality sector, Bidfood is currently undertaking a number of structural and operational changes within its business.
After previously indicating that the restructuring could affect Bidfood Catering Equipment, the company has now confirmed the measures it has taken.
Following the evaluation of the catering equipment business, Bidfood has taken the decision to propose the closure of two sites based in Bristol and Glasgow, integrating some aspects of these operations into its facility at Chepstow.
HR and sustainability director Heather Angus said that the moves “will not only secure the future of the company, but also enable it to remain agile and adapt to customers’ changing needs during these uncertain times”.
She emphasised: “Bidfood will continue to supply catering equipment, which remains a key part of our offer, and are committed to always delivering service excellence, a great range and trusted advice to customers.
“Employees who are affected have been undergoing consultation for several weeks, and we have worked closely with elected employee representatives and trade unions to look at relocation opportunities and other ways of avoiding or reducing, as far as possible, the effect of these closures.”
Catering Insight understands that many sales and business development roles have been cut as part of the downsizing, though Bidfood Catering Equipment did not comment on the redundancy totals.
Angus concluded: “We are continuing to work hard to support those affected and appreciate this is an unsettling and difficult time for everyone. The impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on our industry, and our business, has been significant and we have not taken this decision lightly.
“We would like to thank our employees for their commitment and support, particularly in the challenging circumstances of recent weeks.”