A florist and wedding planner who owes more than £12,500 to two landlords – including one in Linlithgow – is being sought by debt collectors.
Mark Ross (19), of Amethyst Designer Events – traced to an address in Mill Road Industrial Estate, Linlithgow – is being chased for more than £5000 by the building’s owners.
Ross moved into Block C, Unit 12, of the E-Net Park development in Mill Road Industrial Estate in September 2013.
Susana Garcia, sales director of property owners SRA Ventures, said: “We have been trying to contact our tenant for quite some time.
“We have tried emailing him, telephoning and calling personally at the premises – all without success.
“Our accountants are now taking further steps to ingather the unpaid rent we are due.”
Until the Journal and Gazette contacted the company it was completely unaware of Ross’ history, as highlighted in a national Sunday newspaper.
Susana added: “We are astounded to learn of the allegations against this individual, particularly that he has left business premises in Edinburgh, under a cloud and that he is being chased by debt collectors for unpaid rent.”
Ross (19), from Livingston, advertises his services as a wedding planner and designer, specialising in decorating rooms with drapes, backdrops, floral decor and special-effect dance floors.
The teenager, who last year was named Event Designer of the Year at the Scottish Wedding Awards, has recently been surrounded by controversy with two of the many complaints aimed at him being that nobody can contact him and that he has continually failed to pay his bills or return deposits paid by brides who have been forced to cancel his services.
The Journal and Gazette sent Ross messages via Facebook, emails through his website and visited his premises, where we left cards for him requesting he return our calls.
But, at the time of going to press (Thursday), Ross had failed to contact us.
He owes his Edinburgh landlord £7400 in unpaid rent for the previous shop he traded from at 58 Bridge Road, Colinton, Edinburgh.
The Glasgow-based owner, who did not wish to be named, said that she has now had to hire debt collectors in an attempt to recoup her losses.
Colinton Opticians, located at number 60 Bridge Road, told us there had been a stream of people calling to speak with Ross, including some looking for money.
But they had been unable to assist as he left the premises suddenly, without giving notice, and left no forwarding address.