A Perthshire-based company was forced to make dozens of its employees redundant because of “bad debts”.
MJVentilation, based in Coupar Angus, let go around 50 staff from its sites across Scotland, including in its Perthshire base, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
A spokesperson for the company confirmed the job losses on Monday morning. He attributed them to “bad debts” but added more information would “come out soon”.
The firm’s Coupar Angus workshop staff accounted for around 15 to 20 of the total number of redundancies.
The MJVentilation spokesperson said: “There’s no-one remaining at all really.
“Everyone was made redundant on Friday.”
He described the job losses as “sad”, saying “the company had been running for a number of years and was held in high regard by its clients.”
He added he is “confident” the company’s clients would take on some of their former staff.
The company manufactured and installed ventilation systems, working both on small projects and with major contractors on larger developments. It also worked on projects across the UK.
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Perthshire North SNP MSP John Swinney extended his support to those affected by the job losses.
He said: “I am very sorry to hear this news, which will be a significant blow for the local community and have profound consequences for the families of those affected.
“I will be writing to Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Business, Work and Fair Skills, to enquire as to any support that can be made available to workers who have lost their jobs.
“I will also be making contact with the administrator.
“Should any of my affected constituents feel that I can offer further assistance, I would ask that they get in touch with my office and I will be happy to arrange to meet with them.”
Perth and Perthshire North SNP MP, Pete Wishart reiterated Mr Swinney’s support for those who have lost their jobs.
He said: “I am saddened to hear that MJVentilation have announced that many high-skilled manual jobs are to be lost in Coupar Angus.
“The workforce at MJVentilation has really grown since they started back in 2006 and I know that many staff members will be very worried at the prospect of losing employment at this time of the year.
“I am seeking to make contact with the appointed administrator to see what can be done and I would encourage any staff members impacted by this news to make contact with Skills Development Scotland to see what PACE support may be available to them at this difficult time.”