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Former Jessops employees seeking help say charity

The Leicester-based camera company went into administration last Wednesday Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A charity that helps people in the retail sector says a quarter of the calls to its helpline in the last week have come from former Jessops employees.

The Leicester-based camera company went into administration last Wednesday but on Friday the administrator closed the firm's 187 shops, including 20 in the Midlands.

The firm is based in Leicester and started in the city in 1935. Now the Retail Trust says it can provide help and support to 1,300 staff who lost their jobs.

Jessops store in Birmingham closed

A sign in the window of a Birmingham Jessops store Credit: PA

A Jessops store in Birmingham has placed a sign in its window informing customers that the shop has now closed.

The national chain announced yesterday that the company had official gone into administration leading to the loss of 230 jobs in the Midlands.

The group, which has had its headquarters in Leicester since 1935, has suffered from online competition and the boom in camera phones in recent years.

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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

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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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