Failed retailer Nevisport has been bought by a subsidiary of the company which owns the Trespass brand.

Liquidators KPMG say 80 jobs have been saved by the takeover, which will see six Nevisport stores remaining open. The firm had employed 91 people.

Privately owned Jacobs & Turner is based in Glasgow and was founded in 1938 to manufacture workwear and outdoor clothing. It established its Trespass brand in 1984. The sale of Nevisport’s business and some of its assets to Jacobs & Turner was completed today.

Nevisport’s shops in Fort William, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Aviemore, York and Middlesbrough will continue to operate. The fate of the other stores in the chain is uncertain.

Provisional liquidator Blair Nimmo of KPMG said: “I am delighted that we have managed to sell the business as a going concern. Not only has this saved 80 jobs, but the sale also ensures that existing customers will continue to be serviced and that suppliers will have ongoing business.

“Since our appointment on Friday, 5 October, the commitment shown by employees, in working with us to preserve the business, has been exceptional. This sale represents an excellent result for everyone involved and we would like to wish Jacobs & Turner Ltd every success in the future.”

The Trespass brand is aimed at the budget sector of the outdoor market, whereas Nevisport has concentrated on high-value, technical clothing and equipment.