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Future of William Hill shop in Halstead uncertain after firm announces 700 branch closures nationwide

William Hill betting shop. Stock image. (13412498)
William Hill betting shop. Stock image. (13412498)

Bookmaker William Hill has announced a consultation on plans to close 700 shops across the country.

The firm, which has shops in High Street, Halstead, says a “large number of redundancies is anticipated” with 4,500 staff at risk of losing their jobs nationwide.

In a statement, it said the move follows the Government’s decision in April to reduce the maximum stake on B2 gaming products to £2.

It added: “Since then the company has seen a significant fall in gaming machine revenues, in line with the guidance given when the Government’s decision was announced in May 2018.

“The group will look to apply voluntary redundancy and redeployment measures extensively and will be providing support to all colleagues throughout the process.

“Subject to the outcome of the consultation process, shop closures are likely to begin before the end of the year.”

William Hill is not currently disclosing the specific branches being earmarked for closure, but a spokesman said the company will announce which shops are at risk in the “next month or so”.

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