EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

M&D Leisure

M&D Leisure

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: North Lanarkshire; South Western Scotland; Scotland
Location of affected unit(s): Motherwell


Sector: Arts / entertainment
Arts, entertainment and recreation
93.21 - Activities of amusement parks and theme parks
Number Employed: 170

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-04-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 165
Planned Job Reductions max: 170
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy
Employment Effect Start: 23-04-2020
Direct Dismissals: 165

Additional Information

M&D (Leisure) Ltd, the Scotland-based theme park operator has entered administration and on 23 April 2020, it made 165 of its 170 employees redundant with immediate effect. A statement by the company said that after several financially challenging years, the Covid-19 epidemic and the cancellation of the summer season have made the business untenable. The administrators added that it was impossible to sell the company and promised that they would work with the Scottish authorities to support the people who had lost their jobs.

M&D Leisure operates ‘Scotland’s Theme Park’, which opened in Motherwell, near Glasgow in 1996. The park contains rollercoasters, water and fairground rides, an arcade, an indoor tropical house and a theatre.