Singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran has ensured the wellbeing of all his London restaurant staff by agreeing to pay the salaries of all the restaurant team throughout the COVID-19 crisis. His generosity is irrespective of the length of time the crisis continues.
Not only has Sheeran covered his team financially to see them through the crisis, he has additionally encouraged them to find additional work if they can, saying that will make no difference to what he has guaranteed to provide.
He at the same time suggested that some of his team may want to volunteer some of their time helping others through difficult times. Once again adding that their salaries are being paid in full throughout.
The restaurant Bertie Blossoms in West London’s Notting Hill is like every other closed until further notice, closed to reduce spread of COVID-19. When it does re-open, he has been quoted saying he will see everyone in his team for a “massive piss up” he will be paying for.
Ed Sheeran is a very rich man, and some might say easy for him to do this. There are many rich men in our industry who have cut their teams off at the legs to keep their deep pockets well lined, So, we for one applaud Ed Sheeran for his financial generosity, and even more importantly, his generosity of spirit.
Examples like this not only secure the finances of some, they inspire confidence in many that empathy is very much still alive and kicking in our great industry, thank you Ed Sheeran!