Marston’s acquisition of Charles Wells’ brewing operation has led to 53 redundancies, the Burton brewer’s managing director, Richard Westwood, has said.

Marston's logoRedundancies were expected as the Bedfordshire brewery’s operation was integrated into Marston’s, although Mr Westwood said there had been no changes in brewing personnel.

He told the Morning Advertiser: “We carried out 360 separate interviews and had retained 85 people from Charles Wells, as well as significant restructuring at Marston’s, to take on the new business.

“No matter how much you’d like to, you can’t keep hold of everyone and, as a result of that, there will be around 53 redundant jobs. We said at the time it would be more than 50 but less than 100. It will ultimately be less than 60.”