Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has received an assurance from the company looking to take over Burton-based Punch Taverns that the jobs and headquarters of the company will remain in the town.
Any offer has been made for Punch Taverns to be sold to Patron Capital Advisors, with a group of their pubs being bought as part of the deal by big Dutch brewer Heineken.
Once the offer was announced, Mr Griffiths wrote to Patron Senior Partner Stephen Green, asking him “to ensure that whatever happens in the deal… the headquarters in Burton and the jobs that go with it are protected.” He added that his “main interest throughout this process is to secure the jobs and livelihoods of [his] constituents who work there.”
Mr Green replied to the town’s MP confirming that “current employees’ contractual and statutory employment rights will be safeguarded, and there are no plans currently to change the principal location of Punch’s business (i.e. the head office in Burton)”.
Andrew said: “I am pleased that Patron have confirmed that, should their bid to buy Punch be successful, they are committed to keeping the head office and jobs in Burton. Making sure that jobs are secured is one of my main priorities as the town’s MP and this is good news for everyone who works at Punch.
“Pubs and brewing are such an important part of Burton’s heritage, and this commitment to stay in the town is a recognition of that.”
The Heineken-Patron deal is due to go before Punch shareholders on Friday 10th February.