Job losses expected across venues in Bournemouth due to coronavirus

Employees at a number of venues, including Bournemouth Pavilion, are expected to lose their jobs

A number of employees at Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavilion are expected to lose their jobs, it’s been announced by the venues' owner. BH Live, which hires the sites out for events, says it's faced extreme financial pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of the social enterprise’s employers were placed on furlough after Government guidelines meant that several event venues were forced to close earlier this year.

BH Live hires out a number of venues including Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth Pavilion and the Pyramids Centre in Portsmouth.

BH Live, which also hires out the Pyramids Centre in Portsmouth, started to reopen some of its sites last month. Due to operational limitations and the impact on customer confidence however, business has been slow.Consultations with employees whose jobs are at risk of redundancy are currentlytaking place. It’s part of a series of measures being taken to protect the organisation, including a £1.57 billion fund from the Government.

Because of the furlough scheme we have been able to support as many employees as possible, for as long as possible. However as the scheme is changing, and we are not able to fully return to trading at this time, job losses will be an unfortunate and regrettable reality of this pandemic.

Chris Symons, BH Live’s Chief Executive