Victoria Beckham reverses decision to furlough staff at her fashion label

Victoria Beckham reverses decision to furlough staff at her fashion label

Victoria Beckham has reversed her decision to furlough staff at her fashion label during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company had been planning to make use of Government assistance to furlough a "small number" of employees, however it is now planning to proceed without state help, according to their spokeswoman.

Despite the U-turn the spokeswoman maintained that the company's original decision "was made in the best interests of trying to protect our staff, and that is still our absolute focus".

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Seven Beckham and Anna Wintour attends the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Dame Helen Mirren and Karen Elson attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Seven Beckham and Anna Wintour attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Harper Seven Beckham and David Beckham attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Designer Victoria Beckham on runway at the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, David Beckham (background) Harper Seven Beckham and Anna Wintour attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Anna Wintour attends the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the Foreign Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Seven Beckham and Anna Wintour attends the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Designer Victoria Beckham on runway at the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Harper Seven Beckham and Anna Wintour attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Emmanuelle Alt, Edward Enninful, Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Beckham, David Beckham and Anna Wintour attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Maya Jama attends the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the Foreign Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: A guest attends the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the Foreign Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Billy Porter attends the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the Foreign Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Helen Mirren and Sinead Burke attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the Foreign Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Models present creations from designer Victoria Beckham during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2020 collection on the third day of London Fashion Week in London on September 15, 2019. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Models present creations from designer Victoria Beckham during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2020 collection on the third day of London Fashion Week in London on September 15, 2019. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Laura Bailey, Aymeline Valade, Billy Porter, Helen Mirren, Karen Elson and Sinead Burke attend the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Victoria Beckham and Helen Mirren backstage after the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week September 2019 at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Guest with colourful clothing arrives at Victoria Beckham show at Foreign and Commonwealth Office during London Fashion Week September 2019 on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
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The decision "seemed the most appropriate option in keeping with many other businesses", she said, adding: "The situation is dynamic and, with the support of our shareholders, we now believe we can navigate through this crisis without drawing from the Government furlough scheme."

Victoria Beckham Ltd is now "doing everything we can" to ensure they can proceed "without using Government assistance", according to the spokeswoman.

The company has been "working hard to protect its people", her statement said.

Victoria Beckham founded her fashion label in 2008 and it became known for its modern minimalism.

With offices in London and New York, a flagship store in Mayfair and another store in central Hong Kong, the brand has won critical acclaim alongside multiple industry awards, including Best Designer Brand and Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

In addition, the Victoria Beckham brand is carried in more than 450 stores in 50 countries worldwide, according to the company website.

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