Glasgow-based wholesale bakery Clydeside has been put into liquidation and all its employees made redundant after 56 years of being in business.

The Port Glasgow firm was shut down and put into provisional liquidation earlier this month after running into financial difficulties. All 16 staff at the business were made redundant by accountancy firm KPMG and the bakery’s equipment is due to be sold by auction.

Founded in 1955 by the McLean family, the business was formerly called East End Bakery, but changed its name after being bought by businessman Stephen Hutcheon, who sold five of its shops to James Allen Bakery and kept the wholesale business.

General manager Alison Kerr, who is the granddaughter of founding owner John McLean, told local paper The Greenock Telegraph: “It’s very sad and upsetting to think it’s all over. Some of the staff have been here for over 30 years, so it’s been a very emotional time. I just hope everyone manages to find new jobs. It’s the end of an era.”

The date of the auction has yet to be announced.