Pizza Express will cut a further 1,300 roles across its estate as it looks to reduce its UK team.

With job losses expected at all of its 370 sites, the business has said it has had to make the difficult decision as a result of declining footfall since September and poor city centre trade.

The reduction will take place through a combination of voluntary and compulsory redundancies, and it is hoped the newly downsized team will place the business in a better position to prepare for 2021 and beyond.

Earlier this month, the brand announced it was set to be taken over by its bondholders after a sale process seeking potential buyers failed to find a competitive offer.

Under the agreement with its secured noteholders and Hony, the group would be restructured – including a CVA process to close 73 unviable sites and cut 1,100 jobs - and its external debt reduced from £735m to £319m.

Commenting on the job losses, MD Zoe Bowley said: “Our aim throughout these extremely challenging times has been to keep our team members and customers safe and to retain jobs for as long as possible. As a leading employer in our sector, we see every day how this pandemic is having a profound impact on our industry, our business and on people’s lives.

“Unfortunately, the recent increase in COVID-19 cases is again causing footfall to decline across the UK. As this is expected to continue for some months, we sadly need to make changes that will impact more of our team members.

“Our people remain at the heart of our business and we are doing what we can to support those who are affected. We believe that this difficult decision will give us more resilience through the next six months and help us to continue serving our customers in our restaurants and at home in the years ahead.”