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Chamber of Commerce "hugely disappointed" by Jessops' closure

"We're hugely disappointed but we also recognise that the business was in great difficulty and was adversely affected by internet trading. Unfortunately for Jessops, the ability to buy cameras online has had a dramatic impact on the firm."

– Martin Traynor, Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce


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Public sadness at closure of Jessops

Customers and former employees of the failed camera chain Jessops have taken to Twitter to lament the closure of the retailer:

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1377 jobs to go at Jessops' stores across the UK

Administrators are to close all of the failed camera chain Jessops' stores, with the loss of 1,377 jobs across the UK and Ireland. The majority of the job losses will be in the Midlands and London. The regional breakdown is as follows:

  • East: 175
  • South East: 131
  • South West: 174
  • North East: 106
  • North West: 113
  • Ireland: 30
  • Scotland: 96
  • Wales: 32
  • Midlands: 230
  • London: 290


Questions raised over Leicestershire's economy following administration of Jessops

Jessops HQ in Leicester Credit: ITV Central

The Leicester based camera chain, Jessops, has become the first high-profile retail casualty of 2013.

Its administrators, Price Waterhouse Cooper, has said that store closures are 'inevitable'.

The retailer has 192 stores across the UK. It puts 2,00 jobs at risk.

Questions are now being raised on the impact this will have Leicestershire's economy.

Jessops head quarters in Leicester Credit: ITV Central
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Advice for people with Jessops gift vouchers

Consumer rights group Which? said customers need to be aware of their rights as it emerged that people with Jessops gift vouchers may not be able to use them. A spokesman for Which? gave this advice:

  • Write to the administrators (Price Waterhouse Cooper) with proof of your vouchers. There is no guarantee that you will get the full value back, and a claim could take some time to process.
  • If you have bought an extended warranty, check the small print carefully. Often it is provided by a third party in which case you shouldn't be affected.
  • If you've bought items costing more than £100 on a credit card and the supplier goes bust, you can claim a refund by writing to the credit company.
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