Highland Toffee job losses as Stenhousemuir firm folds

New McCowans factory Production at the company's plant in Stenhousemuir was suspended last month

The makers of Highland Toffee have ceased trading with the loss of more than 100 Scottish jobs, administrators have confirmed.

Production at the New McCowans plant in Stenhousemuir was suspended last month after the firm went into administration.

Several investors were thought to have expressed an interest in the company.

But administrators Grant Thornton said staff had now been told they had lost their jobs.

As well as Highland Toffee, the sweet makers also produce the Wham bar, Pan Drops and Bonbons.

Grant Thornton said just over 100 jobs would be lost in Stenhousemuir.

Other group operations - Thornycroft warehousing based in Skegness and Bristows fudge making business in Devon - have also closed, with total job losses across the group put at around 185.

Usdaw, the union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, said it was considering legal action to reclaim lost wages.

McCowans was bought out of receivership by current owners Thornycroft in 2006.

Administrators were appointed in mid-September after the company experienced cash flow difficulties.

Grant Thornton said the company would continue to look "at all potential options".

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