30 jobs lost as Jessops stores close

Published Friday, 11 January 2013
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Camera chain Jessops has closed all three of its Northern Ireland stores with the loss of 30 jobs, after going into administration.

30 jobs lost as Jessops stores close
Jessops has gone into administration. (© Getty)

The shops in Belfast, Newry and Londonderry shut at end of trading on Friday.

It follows the announcement that administrators were appointed to The Jessop Group Limited on 9 January, at the request of the directors.

"It is apparent that we cannot continue to trade and as a result we have had to make the difficult decision to begin the closure of all 187 Jessops stores at the close of business today," read a statement from joint administrator Rob Hunt.

"Regrettably, this will result in around 1,370 job losses across the stores with further job losses likely, in due course, at the head office in Leicester.

"As a consequence of the closure, Jessops is no longer able to accept returned product from customers.

The company was founded 78 years ago in 1935 when Frank Jessop opened his first shop in Leicester and grew to become a major high-street retailer of photographic equipment.

Its core market suffered significant decline in 2012 and further deteriorated in the run up to Christmas as a result of reducing confidence in the UK retail sector.

"This is an extremely sad day for Jessops and its employees," the statement added.

"We are very grateful for the support we have received since our appointment and we will continue to ensure that employees are paid as they assist us during the closure."

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady said: "This is a very sad day for the staff of Jessops and I am disappointed that the administers could not have done more to save the jobs.

"In the current economic climate any job losses is a blow to the workers, their families and all businesses. It is now important the the administrators honour the full entitlements that are due to the workers."

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6 Comments
marie in newtownards wrote (566 days ago):
i feel sorry all the staff at jessops. all this flag protesting hasnt gave retail shops any customers over xmas as we are in recession the belfast city council should've knowing better not to take down the flag when it will turn people away from belfast to do their shopping. for the parents of the youths rioting should be shamed of their kids throwing stones and petrol bombs at police, What has PSNI done to them to be targeted by youths who are organised by loyalists parmailities. They need to WISE UP or someone will get hurted. Its about time these politicans get off their backsides and not think about their pay, DO SOMETHING ABOUT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!
Sam in Derry wrote (567 days ago):
@Gary these Riots did not cause the job losses at jessops, but these Riots will be the cause of many more job losses in the coming weeks in the retail sector. Shame on them
gary in armagh wrote (567 days ago):
The timing of the decision right before christmas damaged trade esp in Belfast. May have bolstered other places though. Sam you cannot blame the protests for the above story regarding jessopps. Just read the article
bob in wrote (567 days ago):
Sorry to hear this. Best of luck to the Jessops staff here. Always enjoyed using their stores in Belfast and Lisburn. I hope they can find alternative employment soon.
jessops customer in belfast wrote (567 days ago):
Well that is a shock, I was in Jessops yesterday and the staff said that they were not closing at the moment, must have been told this morning that they were closing at the end of busniess
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