AceShowbiz - Victoria Beckham has reversed her decision to furlough 30 staff members at her fashion brand, insisting her team "means everything to me."
The news comes after he former Spice Girls star came under fire for requesting government aid after her business was impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. She has now U-turned on the decision and announced her employees' roles have been restored.
"We will not now be drawing on the government furlough scheme," Beckham told The Guardian. "At the beginning of the lockdown the shareholders agreed with senior management to furlough a small proportion of staff. At that point we didn't know how long the lockdown might last or its likely impact on the business. The welfare of my team and our business means everything to me."
The star, whose estimated net worth is $420 million initially dismissed 120 staff members for at least two months - something that would have reportedly cost $180,000 in government funds.
"We've now reconsidered and we accept there's a better way forward for our business," a representative added. "These are tough times and tough decisions and we don't always get it right. All we can say is, we are trying to protect our business and our staff."