By Jonathan Davies

Boots has announced plans to cut around 700 jobs as part of a cost-cutting programme.

The cuts are coming in office jobs, rather than in-store, and will only affect the UK.

Boots said it would "redeploy, retrain" and offer redundancy to those affected.

Company president Simon Roberts said: "Together with my leadership team, I believe this plan will make Boots even better for our customers and drive sustainable future growth.

"We also remain fully committed to our presence in Nottingham, which has been the home of Boots since the very beginning.

"We have not taken these decisions lightly, and understand the impact that today's announcement may have on our colleagues.

"We are fully committed to doing everything we can to support all our people as we transform Boots and strive to be even better for our customers and patients."