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Business / Construction company ceases trading

SHETLAND Quality Construction Ltd (SQC) has ceased trading after going into liquidation.

The company claimed on Friday that it was still owed £1.8 million from main contractor Morrison Construction for ground work it carried out on the new Anderson High School.

Managing director Ivor Smith staged something of a protest at the official joining of the Lerwick school last year by parking an SQC van near to the entrance.

Mainland based Morrison Construction, which was appointed by the Scottish Government, said in a statement at the time that SQC had “failed to complete the works as contracted and as a result was replaced by other sub-contractors”.

“All monies owed to Shetland Quality Construction Ltd have been paid,” a spokesperson said last year. “Any further claim is unwarranted.”

It is understood that SQC had sought assistance from Shetland’s two political representatives on the Anderson High School matter.

The company employed around 30 people while it undertook work at the school.

In August the company faced a winding-up order from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, with a liquidator then appointed on 9 September.

SQC Plant Ltd, which was incorporated in 2015 by the same directors, is said to be unaffected.