A popular weight loss group has suspended all its north-east classes.
Scottish Slimmers ceased trading as of Friday, with the firm announcing it will not be refunding its membership passes across its 140 classes.
Deborah Dempster, who has been a member in Aberdeen for many years, said she was “very disappointed” to hear the news.
She added: “I have nine weeks left of a 12-week pass I purchased. I really feel for Sylvia Strachan as she was my class manager and has been with the company for many years.
“I have been a member on and off for many years.
“I’ve tried other slimming clubs but always went back to SS as it worked well for me.
“I will keep on their plan but I will miss the weekly classes as they really helped me keep focused and motivated.”
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Amanda Boyle, chief executive of Scottish Slimmers (2009) Ltd, said: “This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make as I know how much the network of classes means to our members and how our community of members has valued the support of their class coaches in their healthy living and weight loss programmes.
“Many of our coaches have years of enthusiastic and loyal service and I understand this decision is a very difficult one for them.”
She added it had become “impossible” to sustain a model where the costs of running the class network are twice the level of the annual revenue generated by these classes.
It is instead intending to create a social enterprise company to continue the class network where all profits return to the social enterprise.
All existing members have been told they will be given free access to the company’s online and digital service which are run by companies unaffected by the liquidation.
Members can request access to the online service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org detailing their interest.