Mr. John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy officially opened the new Haven Enterprises facility in Larbert on the 24th March 2015. The new Larbert site will enable Haven to continue to sustain employment and create jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people.
Also in attendance at the opening were members of the Falkirk Council and some of Haven PTS’ customers including Carol Smillie, television presenter and co-entrepreneur of the innovative underwear brand Diary Dolls as well as Scottish entrepreneurs Emma Neilson and Claire Henderson who created the luxurious boxer brand Dick Winters.
The 53,000 square foot facility will be home to three of The Haven Group’s supported businesses – Haven PTS, Redrock and The Sign Factory. Redrock provides a full range of services to help streamline the handling of an organisation’s paper-based information, offering a range of services including daily inbound information streams, hard copy paper storage, back-file information scanning, and digital asset management. The Sign Factory offers a wide range of signage and related products from street nameplates through to vehicle signage and engraved tags. You can find out more about these businesses and how to contact them here.
The new Centre for Training Excellence is also situated here at the Larbert facility as a joint initiative with Momentum, Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government. This two-year pilot project aims to empower disabled and excluded individuals, allowing participants the opportunity to gain the skills they require to live independently and gain access to employment through vocational rehabilitation and training services.
Mr John Swinney said at the opening: “The Scottish Government is firmly committed to equality for disabled people and are striving to create a Scotland that is fair and inclusive to all. A crucial part of enabling people to play a full and satisfying role in their communities – is employability.
“When the UK Government closed Remploy in 2012 hundreds of disabled people were left without employment or prospects. The Scottish Government committed to step in and do all it could to help those in need. Today’s opening of the new facility is another major step in our vow of support.
“The Team Scotland approach has demonstrated what can be achieved when people work together – public sector, private business and third sector – to achieve a common good. This way of working is very much the way forward, and I’d like to congratulate all partners for their enthusiasm and professionalism throughout a complicated process.”
Meanwhile, Leader of Falkirk Council, Councillor Craig Martin, said: “The Falkirk Council area is a great place to locate and this factory is a shining example of our ongoing economic transformation. It also clearly shows the full and equal contribution that disabled people make in the workplace and I would like to wish all the employees well in this new venture.
“Falkirk Council is proud of the role it has had in working with the Scottish Government and Haven to establish this facility and the new Centre of Excellence in Larbert. The Council is committed to the long-term success of the project and to enabling disabled people to play a full part in workplaces across our area and we are already providing support through the award of contracts for services.”