Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment to cut up to eight jobs

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Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment may have to let up to 13% of its workforce go.

Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment has announced a limited number of redundancies among staff As a result of the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the hospitality and leisure sector.

The move will see up to eight members of staff leave the business over the next 6 weeks.

MD Colin Barden told staff: “Having conducted a strategic assessment we have taken the difficult decision to announce a redundancy programme.

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“This is not an outcome any of us wanted but despite the extraordinary efforts of all of our staff since the lockdown, it is clear our revenues can’t sustain our current staffing levels.

“Our leisure and hospitality clients are severely affected and it is unlikely that we will be able to reverse our loss of revenue in the short term. Prospects for the medium term are better, especially among our education, healthcare and garden centre clients.

“We are convinced if we take this regrettable action now we can put the business back on a sustainable footing, especially with the support of our parent, Gratte Brothers Group.”

Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment was established in 1948 and currently employs 60 personnel.

The distributor has installed a number of high profile award winning commercial kitchens over the last decade, and is owned by the £150,000,000 turnover building services company, Gratte Brothers Group.

Group HR director, David Gratte, said: “We are a family business, so for us it is really disappointing to have to let staff go.

“The group will continue to stand behind our catering equipment business because we know our staff have a reputation for quality and value and there is always a market for that.”

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