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Photography studio ceases trading

Olan Mills studio
Olan Mills has 34 studios in England and Wales

Photographic studio group Olan Mills has become the latest High Street casualty after announcing it will shortly be appointing an administrator.

The Northamptonshire-based firm, which specialises in family portraits and has a number of studios in Mothercare stores, stopped trading on Boxing Day.

Customers who have paid in advance for studio sessions will have to apply to the administrator for refunds.

"Gift vouchers are no longer valid and cannot be redeemed," the company said.

A closure notice posted on the company's website said: "Olan Mills has ceased trading and will shortly be placed in administration."

Potential refunds

Customers who have already bought photographs may still get them.

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The notice said: "The company is endeavouring to fulfil all outstanding orders, which will be posted direct to customers' home addresses during January."

But those who have paid in advance for studio sessions will have to contact the administrators about any potential refund.

Customers who paid with cash or a debit card should write to: The Administrator, Olan Mills Photography, Waterside house, Station Road, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 5QF.

Those who paid by credit card may be able to get a refund from the card issuer.

The firm has 34 studios in England and Wales, all of which have ceased trading.

The company also operates a studio business in the US.

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