Scotia Linen Services, Scotland’s largest independent laundry and dry-cleaning business, has fallen into administration with a loss of 17 jobs.
This came as a result of being hit by high energy prices. Administrators, of accountancy firm Tenon, plan to continue trading Scotia as they attempt to sell the cleaning business.
The 17 redundancies are a result of the closure of Scotia’s factory and shop at Whitburn in West Lothian, and of the company’s locations in Edinburgh’s New Town and at George Street and Cornhill in Aberdeen.
The cleaning company Scotia employed 108 people across 19 sites. Six sites provide industrial-scale laundry facilities for major corporate clients, including hotels and ferries, and employ around 60 staff.
The remaining 12, in residential areas, have been providing dry-cleaning and other services to individuals.
Scotia’s annual turnover since 1992 has grown to more than £2m.