Jobs to go as Little Chef axes Sheffield HQ

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A RESTAURANT chain has confirmed it is pulling out of its Sheffield headquarters, with the loss of around 20 jobs.

Little Chef announced to staff yesterday it will ‘outsource’ work carried out at its head office, off Brightside Lane, to other parts of the UK to save cash.

The company, which is four months into a restructure which will see it shut 67 of its 161 roadside restaurants, said it has launched a consultation period with staff based at the city HQ.

Some employees could be offered similar roles within the company, but a spokesman admitted that was likely to require relocation. Others will be made redundant.

Daniel Yea, of PR firm Maitland, said: “The company looked at the prospect of staying but in the end the decision was taken to outsource.

“It is a money-saving measure which forms part of a strategic review carried out across the whole of the business.

“We are speaking to staff about other options available, we haven’t just told them they are losing their jobs. Some of them could continue to work for the company elsewhere, but otherwise they will receive full redundancy.”

An official statement from the company stated: “Little Chef can confirm that it has informed staff at its head office in Sheffield of its intention to outsource its head office operations. ”