Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has confirmed that it is to start a consultancy process over the coming weeks with its employees to review and restructure its central support functions. It is thought that the process could lead to up to 80 redundancies across its approximately 800 head office and support staff. A spokesperson told M&C Report: “Our aim is to create a Retail Support Centre that is better focused on supporting our pubs and restaurants. “We are consulting to ensure we get the structure right. This will impact the number of roles that are required centrally but the figure will be dependent on the results of the consultation. “We created 2,000 new jobs from opening 53 businesses last year, and plan to create a further 3,000 this year.” Earlier this month, the company announced that three leading members of its operational team were to leave the company as part of plans to simplify its organisational structure. As a consequence of the restructure a whole layer of the group’s management – Amanda Coldrick, managing director of its Suburban division; Roger Moxham, managing director of its Value division; and Adam Martin, marketing & strategy director – will leave the company after a short handover period. Executive chairman Bob Ivell told M&C Report last week that the company’s existing structure “could not work going forward”. Ivell said the restructure would ensure shorter communication lines throughout the company. He said: “I don’t see our head office as command control but more like a retail support centre. I did the same things at Scottish & Newcastle and I think it worked well there.”