College in row over bouncy castle hire payment

THE owner of a Kirkcaldy-based party business says he’s been left out of pocket after Adam Smith College took three months to pay for the hire of a bouncy castle - but failed to pay the late payment fees.

Students at the college hired the castle from World of Parties on May 28 for an event they were organising as part of their college course.

After the college failed to pay for the hire, owner Paul Grubb said he made repeated requests for payment, sending at least 10 emails and making several phone calls.

Eventually, just days after contacting the Press, Mr Grubb finally received payment of the initial hire fee of £104 on Monday this week.

But with late payment fees added, the amount outstanding was £253, and the college has so far refused to pay the difference.

Mr Grubb said: “It might not be a lot of money to the college but it’s important to us. It’s tough times for businesses just now, and for an organisation like this to take so long to pay up is appalling.

“If they’d paid up when it was due there wouldn’t be a problem. Fourteen, maybe up to 30 days, is possibly acceptable - not three months. I’m being left out of pocket and have spent a considerable amount of time chasing this up.”

A spokesman for Adam Smith College said many of its students gained a great deal of experience organising activities and events in the local community which they completed as part of their course and under supervision of staff.

He added: “There was an initial delay in the processing of this invoice due to the fact that it was addressed to a student rather than to the college and our teaching staff and students are currently on holiday.

“We have been in correspondence with Mr Grubb and processed the initial invoice last week - he should have received payment on Monday. We are currently in discussion with Mr Grubb regarding the additional payments he is requesting.”