Independent hospitality company Green & Fortune has launched a support scheme to offer guidance and help to former members of staff.
Green & Fortune Supports will initially run until the end of January 2021 and will cover areas from personal development and job opportunities, to more practical support such as family meals and financial grants.
The five key initiatives are:
- Training: Monthly training sessions including interview skills, updating a CV, writing effective cover letters, where to apply for jobs and advice on LinkedIn profiles
- Meals: The option of a weekly meal for the individual and their family members, prepared by Green & Fortune chefs for the recipients to eat at home.
- Emergency Cash Fund: A key part of the scheme is a financial support package to help those most in need.
- Mentors: Each person whose role has been made redundant has been matched with a member of the team as a mentor.
- Re-employment: Green & Fortune has made a commitment that, when the time comes to recruit new team members again, the first port of call will be past employees.
Green & Fortune's chief executive John Nugent said: "The business has gone through, and will continue to go up against, huge challenges that stem from the Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe. The hardest impact has been on our people. We pride ourselves on our ethos of people, product and personality, but unfortunately we had to make some tough decisions and say goodbye to amazing people in order to protect the future of the business.
"We don't however underestimate the impact this will have had on these great individuals, especially with so much uncertainty in the industry and the job market currently. I'm pleased to say that the team and I have responded by putting energy and resource into this new programme to help those most affected. It is something very close to our hearts and we hope it will bring some comfort.
"Personally I have huge optimism in the future of Green & Fortune and our industry. We work with incredible partners, clients and organisations and we are all looking forward to next year and getting back to doing what we do best, delivering great hospitality."
Founded in 2008, Green & Fortune operates within three London venues: Kings Place at King's Cross (pictured), Sea Containers on the South Bank, and Central Hall Westminster. Last year also saw the company win Boutique Caterer of the Year at the Foodservice Cateys, and chef-director Jason Wild win Chef of the Year.