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Little chef to relocate Sheffield HQ and outsource work

Little Chef sign
Image caption Little Chef says the stores have struggled

Motorway restaurant group Little Chef has said it is pulling its headquarters out of Sheffield and outsourcing some work, with the loss of about 20 jobs.

The firm said head office operations at Brightside Lane would be relocated to Diss in Norfolk.

As part of the relocation, the company said a number of current staff roles would be outsourced.

Little Chef said some staff would be retained in similar roles but it was likely there would be redundancies.

In January, the company announced it was closing 67 of its 161 restaurants with up to 600 job cuts as part of a restructuring plan.

At the time, Little Chef blamed the weak economy and the location of the branches for their poor performance.

'Positive effect'

The company said a consultation had begun with staff at the Sheffield headquarters.

A statement said: "Today's redundancies were already included in Little Chef's estimate of redundancies made when it announced its full restructuring plan in January.

"Although it is not possible to say definitively until the head office consultation has been completed, we currently estimate that the total number of redundancies at Little Chef's head office will be less than 20.

"The head office move and operational reorganisation will have a positive effect on the restaurants with upgraded IT marketing, site support and back office systems."

Since its formation in 1958, the firm has been sold to a number of firms, including Granada and Compass.

It was bought in 2006 by its then chief executive, Simon Heath, and the Peoples Restaurant Group.

The group went into administration in 2007, after which the majority of its assets were bought by current owner, private investment business RCapital.

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