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The Liberty Steel owner, Sanjeev Gupta, has pledged not to shut down any of his steel plants even as creditors seek to wind up key businesses.

Gupta has been urgently seeking refinancing for GFG Alliance, the conglomerate that owns Liberty Steel, after the collapse three weeks ago of Greensill Capital, a key creditor.

The Greensill collapse has prompted fears over the future of GFG Alliance and the jobs of its 35,000 global employees, with metals interests stretching from Australia to Scotland. In the UK, GFG employs 5,000 people, including about 3,000 steelworkers.

Gupta said: “I am very confident that we will find short-term solutions through our own efforts, as well as long-term solutions through a refinancing.”

He said he was “committed” to his UK plants, and said he had received interest from an undisclosed number of financiers to refinance the business, in an interview on Thursday with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, his first since the collapse of Greensill.

“None of my steel plants under my watch will be shut down for sure.”