FILE PHOTO: Sir Richard Branson stands on the ground of the New York Inventory Change forward of the beginning of buying and selling in Virgin Galactic in New York, Oct. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photograph
(Reuters) – British entrepreneur Richard Branson stated on Sunday corporations in his Virgin empire shall be investing $250 million in coming weeks and months to avoid wasting jobs from the influence of the coronavirus outbreak.
“As a result of lots of our companies are in industries like journey, leisure and wellness, they’re in a large battle to outlive and save jobs”, Branson wrote in a weblog. He didn’t say if the $250 million simply represented salaries of furloughed employees.
“Our airways have needed to floor virtually all their planes; our cruise line has needed to postpone its launch; our well being golf equipment and accommodations have needed to shut their doorways and all bookings to our vacation firm have stopped”, he added.
Virgin corporations make use of greater than 70,000 folks throughout 35 international locations.
Branson had advised Reuters late final month that the brand new Virgin cruise line would overcome coronavirus fears, however the outbreak has since unfold to extra locations and has jolted markets and industries internationally.
Branson – certainly one of Britain’s best-known businessmen who launched his profession within the 1970s in data earlier than increasing into airways, banking, TV, healthclubs and house – described the disaster because the “most vital” throughout his lifetime.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Enhancing by David Holmes