Ed Sheeran is doing what he can to keep his staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic, and refuses to furlough his workers. The Shape of You singer is a part owner of Bertie Blossoms, a restaurant and bar in Notting Hill, west London, alongside his longtime manager Stuart Camp.
However like thousands of others in the service industry, Bertie Blossoms was forced to close its doors to the public in March when the UK went into lockdown to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Naturally it put Ed’s employees, including waiters, bar staff, chefs and kitchen assistants, out of work for the foreseeable future.
The business has the option of furloughing staff using the new scheme which sees the government pay 80 percent of an individual’s salary, while the company has the option of paying out the additional 20 percent.
But Ed’s rep told The Sun: ‘The business, co-owned by Ed Sheeran and Stuart Camp, is not, and will not, be accessing any government scheme of any kind, including furloughing, grants, loans and so on.’
Bertie Blossoms was named after Ed’s wife Cherry Seaborn and Stuart’s girlfriend Liberty.
The restaurant’s most recent accounts reportedly show that the business owed creditors £1.7 million.
Victoria Beckham has been heavily criticised for furloughing staff at her fashion brand last week, with the former pop star worth an estimated £335 million alongside her husband David Beckham. Ed, 29, cut the ribbon on Bertie Blossoms last year with a private party attended by the likes of Peter Crouch.
The pop star, who is worth an estimated £170 million, poured his heart, soul and money into the business. A source previously revealed: ‘The pub’s manager said Ed’s a perfectionist when it comes to the interior.
‘He wants the bar to be dark and atmospheric but thought the spotlights were far too blinding. He immediately ordered them to be dimmed.
‘There’s also a wall where punters are encouraged to put pictures of their dogs but someone has already nicked one of the images.’
Ed has kept out of the spotlight during the global health crisis but he was reported to have donated over £1 million to charities near his Suffolk home in just one week earlier this month.
News sourced from: Metro