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Glasgow School of Art bar and club forced into liquidation

More than 30 staff members have been made redundant after the company appointed liquidators.

Liquidation: The Art School bar and club. Google 2019/Google 2020
Liquidation: The Art School bar and club.

More than 30 staff members have been made redundant after the Glasgow School of Art bar and club went into liquidation.

The bar, cafe and music venue, known as The Art School, reduced trading in November last year.

Their financial problems were heightened by two fires which closed parts of the school in 2014 and 2018.

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On Tuesday, an order was granted by Glasgow Sheriff Court to MHA Henderson Loggie as the liquidator of the company.

The Art School, also known as GSASA Ltd, employs one full-time and two part-time members of staff, and 29 people on zero-hours contracts.

Shona Campbell, of MHA Henderson Loggie, said: “Despite considerable efforts, the board has been unable to establish a sustainable future for the business against a backdrop of continued tough trading conditions.

“All staff were made redundant with immediate effect, although all casual staff members ceased work at the end of October last year. We will provide support for those who qualify to obtain their full entitlements.”

A spokesman for GSASA Ltd said “GSASA Ltd has engaged with key stakeholders with the aim of putting the company on a sustainable financial footing.

“Unfortunately, this engagement has proved unsuccessful and the company’s board has been left with no option but to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect.”

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