Lansons returns furlough payments to Government

Independent reputation management consultancy Lansons has returned all the funds it received under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Lansons chief executive Tony Langham
Lansons chief executive Tony Langham

The consultancy furloughed a small number of employees in May to protect the business from the uncertainty and expected economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, the business has performed better than it had anticipated and remained profitable.

As a result, it has decided to return the furlough money.

“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,” Lansons chief executive Tony Langham said.

“As the world rightly focuses on ethics and ESG, the purpose of companies is really important, to our clients, as well as to us. Our decision is just another example of our commitment to living our values; doing the right thing for our clients, our people and our society.”

Other high-profile agencies that have returned their furlough money include ad agency Mother.

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