Scotland business

Jobs go as sales firm Aquira in administration

Aquira
Image caption Aquira said it was trying to place workers with other firms

A Glasgow-based direct marketing firm has gone into administration with the loss of up to 90 jobs.

Staff at sales company Aquira were told on Wednesday afternoon that they faced redundancy.

The company said it had has been trying to place employees with other firms in recent weeks.

The firm's sales lab at Pacific Quay in Glasgow was opened by First Minister Alex Salmond last October.

Image caption The firm's office in Glasgow was padlocked on Friday afternoon

When the firm set up its site in Glasgow it said it would aim to employ 200 people. It then announced plans for a further 220 jobs.

The firm provided companies, including Vodafone and Scottish Power, with a marketing and sales force, to win and retain customers by phone, internet, email and social media.

When Aquira, which is registered in Shrewsbury, announced initial plans for its Glasgow operation, it was in line for £500,000 of funding from Scottish Enterprise.

Scottish Enterprise issued a statement which said: "We are saddened by this news and stand ready to work closely with our partners and the administrators to explore how best we can support any affected Aquira employees."

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