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Blame laid on artifcial pitches

47 jobs lost at turf contractor Souter Sports

Partick Thistle

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Turf contractor Souter Sports has been placed in administration with most of the 47 jobs axed amid competition from artificial playing surfaces.

Paul Dounis and Steve Ross of RSM Restructuring Advisory have appointed Joint Administrators.

Souter Sports is a specialist sports turf contractor that provides quality turf for sporting venues across the UK – delivering sport turf construction, reconstruction, drainage, aeration and maintenance. It employed 47 employees across two sites in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire and Knutsford, Cheshire. 

The decision to appoint Administrators was made due to increased competition from artificial pitches and creditor pressure.  

Mr Dounis said: ‘Following a difficult trading position, measures have been taken to protect assets and maximise realisations for creditors through the administration process. 

‘Regrettably due to viability and the seasonality of work, we have had to make the majority of the work force redundant and we are assisting all employees with their claims. We have however retained a small number of employees to complete certain high-profile contracts and to assist the Administrators in their duties.

‘The business has a strong pipeline of projects for next year and we would invite any interested parties to get in touch.’


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