Warhammer retailer Games Workshop is handing its shop workers, model makers, designers and support staff a £5,000 bonus each after sales and profits benefited from tabletop gamers escaping lockdown by fighting bloodthirsty battles with orcs, elves and alien hordes.
The Nottingham-based company behind the popular fantasy gaming equipment and Lord of the Rings figurines said its 2,600 ordinary workers would split a £10.6m special bonus on top of a £2.6m profit share.
Senior managers will share an extra £1.1m bonus pot, up from £300,000 the year before, after sales rose by just over a third to £361m and pretax profits soared almost 70% to £151m.
The company has also cancelled business rates relief and other pandemic financial support from the government.
Kevin Rountree, the chief executive of Games Workshop, said the special bonuses were a reward for their “exceptional performance in helping to increase our profitability significantly”.
He added: “After