Manorview Hotels has suspended trading across its eight boutique hotels and venues in a bid to ‘remove the uncertainty’ surrounding the current climate.
The group, which comprises hotels such as The Busby Hotel, Bowfield Hotel and Cornhill Castle, made the decision to suspend trading as of today at 12pm, and while staff will not be made redundant, the whole workforce will receive 50% of their average weekly gross earnings until further notice.
This includes all directors and leadership team members.
The venues will be closed but an administrative team will still operate, as well as a take-out and delivery service from some units starting next week.
Manorview has also offered some of its rooms to the NHS to use where needed.
The full statement read: “It is with great regret that we have made the decision to suspend trading as from 12noon on 18thMarch 2020. We are uncertain when we will be in a position to reopen and trade as normal.
“We have taken this decision to try to remove some of the uncertainty that surrounds us. We are taking this action to look after the health and safety of others, while also looking ahead to the sustainability of our business and ways to support our team and our commitment to not making any redundancies.
“We believe it is the right thing to do, to protect our teams and customers, to look ahead to the future, and hopefully we can all come back from this stronger.
“We regret we are having to make this decision, but the safety and welfare of people is paramount.
“We are living in unprecedented times.
“We are currently supporting all our teams to try and protect them during this extremely difficult time, which is challenging everyone in our industry.
“We are also choosing to look at ways we can contribute to the current situation and play our part in helping those in need.
“We are contacting all our customers who have bookings with us. We are working with them to reassure them we will look after them as best we can. While our venues will not be accessible, we will have an administrative team available via phone and email for any questions.
“As a business, as a team, and as individuals, we are all concerned about the health and safety of others.
“We hope you, your family and friends, are all safe and well at this moment in time, and continue to keep well, as we all work together to get through this worrying time.
“In the meantime, we would like to thank you all for your valued and very much appreciated support and loyalty.
“We hope we will see you all again very soon.”