Tony Langham, Chief Executive explained:
“Our priority at the height of the pandemic was to protect our employees and preserve jobs. While the last year has been tough, we have remained profitable since March. The decision to return the money seemed the right thing to do and our duty as part of the broader national effort."
In May 2020, during the height of the pandemic we announced some of the measures we were taking to ensure the employment of our people which included judiciously using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. As Lansons has since had a relatively ‘okay’ year and retained a strong position heading into 2021, we made the decision to pay back the money we had claimed.
The decision is also closely tied to our commitment of living our values through COVID-19; doing right by our clients, our people and our society.