ANGRY parents are demanding answers after being left out of pocket by the collapse of a Barrhead firm which provided swimming lessons for kids.

Some customers are set to see hundreds of pounds disappear ‘down the plughole’ as a result of Swim Confident’s demise.

The business, based in Cross Arthurlie Street, ran classes in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.

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However, the owners confirmed its collapse on Sunday night after parents had taken to social media to raise concerns about late cancellations and a “lack of communication.”

Graham and Claire Marshall initially told parents they would offer full refunds before later revealing the company’s finances were in the hands of liquidators.

It means families who had already paid for classes face an uphill battle to get the cash back.

One angry mum who contacted the Barrhead News told how she has been left more than £130 out of pocket.

“I have been to the bank about this but, because I paid by direct debit, I’ve been told it’s unlikely I’ll get any of the money back,” said the mum, who asked not to be named.

“It seems the people running the business took money from a lot of parents while it was struggling.”

Another parent added: “Swim Confident has let a lot of families down and now no-one is able to contact them regarding monies owed.

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“We have a lot of upset parents and children in the community.”

The Barrhead News made a number of attempts to contact Mr and Mrs Marshall, who were still taking bookings on their website on Tuesday, but was unable to reach them.

In an email sent to parents, they blamed the sudden closure of the business on let cancellations by Glasgow City Council and a failure by some customers to pay their fees.

They wrote: “We can tell you that it was never our intention to find ourselves in this position and we tried until the very end to balance everything.”

Glasgow City Council has confirmed it is owed cash by Swim Confident.

A spokesperson told the Barrhead News: “There were a few cancellations of Swim Confident’s lets in the 2018/19 financial year due to necessary maintenance. The pools affected were at Govan High, Hillpark Secondary and St Paul’s High.

“To be clear, Swim Confident would not have been charged for any dates they didn’t use as a result of this maintenance.”