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Byline: Jon Griffin

A MIDLAND director has banned his 80-strong workforce from taking the day off for the Royal Wedding - and called on other bosses to do the same.

Jim Venables, managing director of online Tamworth firm, is refusing to acknowledge the extra Bank Holiday on Friday, April 29, and has told his employees it will be 'business as usual'.

Mr Venables said the extra day off would cost businesses millions in lost revenue - and called on other employers to follow suit and refuse to shut up shop on April 29.

"I think the Royal Family are a fantastic tourist attraction for the UK and when I did the tour of Buckingham Palace I was very impressed," he said.

"But businesses are being forced to take a day off when there's simply no need for it. There seems to be an assumption from the Government that everyone in the UK cares and that's not the truth.

"April is already a short month with two bank holidays so why add a third? "The effects on businesses will be crippling.

"Shortening our month means reducing our revenue and that's really, really annoying.

"I wish the young couple all the very best but I can't see why they don't get married on a Saturday like everyone else does and that would solve the whole problem.

"Instead there seems to be the attitude of, 'I know what we'll do, we'll close the whole country down for the day'.

"Well we're not having it. We will be working like it's any other day, just getting on with it. I hope other managers will do the same. Why should businesses suffer?" Operations manager Liz Yorke said: "When the date was announced, two of my staff immediately booked off the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as annual leave to try to take advantage of all the bank holidays.

"They were none too pleased when I told them they had to book it off if they wanted not to work it."

Mr Venables said he hadn't had any complaints from his workforce about his decision.

"There's probably been a bit of banter," he added.

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To wed: Kate and Wills. Work ethic: Jim Venables from in Tamworth.
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Date:Apr 4, 2011
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