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Civil engineering firm enters administration

Date Added: 09/08/2013  

Control of a civil engineering company with a base in the Highlands has been handed over to administrators and the firm has ceased trading.

MK Leslie, which was based at Dalcross Industrial Estate in Inverness and in Shetland, has gone out of business with the loss of at least 25 jobs.

Plant hire, construction, civil engineering, landfill development and demolition services were among the areas the company specialised in, reports the Highland News.

Blair Nimmo and Gary Fraser of KPMG were appointed as the joint administrators of the company at the end of last month and it was revealed that continued economic challenges are to blame for the failure of the firm.

Mr Nimmo, who is head of restructuring for KPMG in Scotland, explained that the company was directly affected when a number of its customers went out of business.

"Unfortunately on our appointment we had no option but to make a number of immediate redundancies," he said, adding: "We will be working with all affected staff to help them find the support they need to find new employment and thank all involved for their cooperation in this difficult time."

MK Leslie staff who have already been told their jobs are being lost have been invited to a special session where they will be given tips and advice on what they should do now to find employment.

This event is taking place this morning (August 9th) at Inverness College Refectory on Longman Road and has been set up by the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment.

Jane Weir of Skills Development Scotland, which has helped to organise this session for redundant MK Leslie workers, said: "Dealing with redundancy can be a daunting experience. In order to respond to these tough times and help those who have been made redundant, it is vital that we provide the workforce with the necessary support."

Scottish entrepreneur Gio Benedetti recently revealed his last trading firm has been forced to close down because of financial issues, despite his best efforts to keep it alive.

He told the Herald that he has owned 15 businesses in his long career as an entrepreneur and Wallace Cameron is the first one he has been forced to wind down.

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Posted by Miles Pritchard

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