South Scotland

Dumfries construction firm R&D sheds 200 jobs

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Image caption Administrators were called in after concerns over the future of the firm emerged

More than 200 workers at a Dumfries-based construction firm have been made redundant after the company went into administration.

Staff at R&D Construction were told of the job losses at meetings on Friday.

Administrators Ernst & Young were called in this week after concerns about the future of the firm emerged.

They confirmed 205 of the company's 226 employees have been made redundant, while the rest are being retained on a short-term basis.

Concerns about the firm's future came to light a week ago when wage payments were delayed.

Site staff were subsequently told not to report for work on Monday.

Ernst & Young said difficult trading conditions exacerbated by a harsh winter had led to their appointment.

The firm is the main contractor for a multi-million pound housing renewal programme in Dumfries and Stranraer.

The renewal project is being funded by Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP), the Scottish government and the local council.

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