Jamie Oliver’s, Jamie’s Italian is the latest of a string of casual dining brands to have closed. On Tuesday the celebrity TV chef called in the administrators affecting 1,300 jobs.
Oliver’s empire follows other chains to have closed outlets, such as Byron Burger, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Prezzo and Carluccio’s. In 2018 10,000 workers lost their jobs in Britain’s restaurants.
Higher property taxes, stiff competition along with rising wage costs have all impacted the dining market.
Property taxes for restaurants paid through business rates have rose by 23% to £564.7m in the 2018 financial year, according to the property advisory group Altus
According to the Centre for Retail Research they have forecast another 10,950 jobs will be gone in 2019 across the casual dining sector.
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