Papa John’s – 2020 Statement on Allegations of Defrauding Taxpayers

The statement issued by Papa John’s pizza company following allegations made by the Daily Mail on 9 October 2020 about the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

We will be extremely concerned and disappointed if they [the allegations made by the Daily Mail] prove to be true. All of Papa John’s UK stores are run by franchisees and we made it very clear to all franchisees that we felt it unlikely that they would be eligible to participate in Eat Out To Help Out (EOTHO).

It is important that our investigation is completed fully before drawing any conclusions, but if any franchisee participated improperly in EOTHO, they will have been in breach of their franchise agreement with us, and we will require them to make things right.