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.
Some 2000 jobs have been put at risk as camera chain Jessops became the first retail casualty of 2013, with store closures "inevitable".
Jessops looks set to become the first high street casualty of 2013 as the retailer is understood to be on the brink of administration.