Whitbread, the leisure group, has announced plans to rationalise the management structure in its Premier Inn division that could see the loss of up to 120 general managers. The company plans to introduce a cluster management system that will see the end to one general manager per site. Instead, general managers will be responsible for between two and five outlets. For Premier Inns with Whitbread pub restaurants attached, the current general manager will soley oversee the pub restaurant business. Their deputy would report to the cluster general manager for the Premier Inn site. In a statement, Whitbread said: “We can confirm that we are reviewing the operational structure of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, moving to a cluster general manager structure for our Premier Inn hotels. The aim is to bring increased focus to our Hotels and Restaurants businesses in order to deliver even better customer experiences, stronger commercial performance and to support our ambitious growth plans. “We have begun a consultation process and, whilst we will be able to offer some great career development opportunities with the new cluster general manager roles, we do risk losing some outstanding and talented individuals from our business. We anticipate that this operational change could mean that around 120 general managers will be leaving the business. “Our overriding aim is to mitigate job losses wherever possible and to identify alternative roles for those people who could be impacted. Throughout this process we will treat people fairly and equally, in line with our Whitbread values.”