Levy UK to axe jobs due to sports & attraction closures

Levy UK, part of Compass Group and delivers cateriing at famous UK sports venues, arenas, events and attractions, has written to casual staff to say that they would be removed from furlough and made redundant on 19 August, with payments ceasing a week later.

The company wrote: 'It has become increasingly clear that concerts, sporting and other major events will only return in a ‘behind closed doors’ fashion at this stage.

'The prospect of fully attended events is many months away and may only return in 2021.

'Therefore, we are giving you notice that we will be removing you from the government’s job retention scheme in two weeks’ time as we see no prospect of being able to offer you work at any of our venues.”

A spokesperson for the business said, “The sports and leisure sector has been one of the most deeply impacted sectors as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have reviewed the likelihood of a return of sporting events, exhibitions and conferences on a site-by-site basis, working closely with our clients.

“With no catered sports or events taking place, or scheduled to do so for the foreseeable future, it is with deep regret that we have had to take the difficult decision to remove some of our casual workers from the furlough scheme.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we are working hard to redeploy teams where possible.”