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SUPPORTED BUSINESSES CENTRAL TO INVERCLYDE SUCCESS

The sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde in Largs is up and running, thanks to the significant contribution of four supported businesses.

 

Following a major £12million redevelopment funded by Scottish Government and sportscotland, Inverclyde is now a residential sports training centre, the first of its kind the in UK, designed with inclusivity in mind.  The ethos of inclusivity goes beyond the bricks and mortar and extends to the engagement of a number of suppliers to the centre.

 

NL Industries (Wishaw), Dovetail Enterprises (Dundee), Haven Pts (Larbert) and The Sign Factory (Larbert) all secured contracts to supply goods and services to the new centre in Largs through the Scottish Government Framework for Supported Factories and Businesses.

 

The aim of the framework is to increase access to procurement opportunities for small businesses, the voluntary sector and disadvantaged individuals across Scotland, and to provide a pathway into the open labour market.

 

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport said:

 

“We warmly welcome sportscotland awarding contracts to supported businesses in the delivery of the new National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde.

 

“It’s an excellent example of how our procurement framework is actively supporting disabled and disadvantaged people access the open labour market which is critical in helping us build a fairer and healthier Scotland for all.”

 

At the recent Central Government Procurement Improvement event sportscotland’s work with supported businesses was highlighted in the keynote address.

 

Mel Young, Chair of sportscotland said:

 

“Right from the start of the project to redevelop our national centre Inverclyde, we were determined that inclusivity would be at its heart, in everything that we did.

 

“At sportscotland we know the impact that opportunity can have on individuals and communities which is why we were so keen to engage with supported business to deliver our vision at Inverclyde.

 

“We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the products and services provided by all four of the businesses and are in no doubt that they have helped to make Inverclyde a sporting facility of which all of Scotland can be very proud.”

 

NL Industries provided the stylish furniture that can be seen throughout the building, from the impressive reception area to the café and dining room overlooking the grounds of the Inverclyde estate.

 

David McCaig, Business Development Manager with NL Industries said:

 

“We were extremely proud to be part of this ambitious project. The National Sports Training Centre is an inspiring venue for everyone taking part in sport and we are delighted it showcases some of the high quality furnishings produced by our skilled workforce in Wishaw.”

 

In each of the 60 accessible twin bedrooms, the beds supplied by Dovetail Enterprises can accommodate even the tallest of basketball players while still leaving space for two wheelchair athletes to move freely around the room.

 

Ann Jamieson, Sales and Marketing Manager, Dovetail said:

 

“Dovetail was delighted to be awarded the contract for the supply of client own specification mattresses and bed bases on this exciting and high profile project.

 

“Working with sportscotland allowed us to demonstrate, not only that our products are high quality and competitively priced, but also that we are able to manufacture to the unique requirements of the client, in this case 7ft long to ensure the tallest of sports personnel could sleep stretched out if so desired.

 

sportscotland had a very clear specification in mind, including the base colour, working closely with them to meet the specification or to offer suitable alternatives ensured that these bed bases co-ordinate with the fantastic surroundings of the bedrooms with a mattresses specification to meet all client requirements.

 

“As a Supported Business it’s fantastic that the sportscotland procurement team engaged and went on to award contracts not just to Dovetail but to others within the group, allowing us all to demonstrate our ability to complete a project on time and on budget, plus fulfilling the specification requirements.”

 

Staff at the centre, and their sister centre at Cumbrae, are easily identifiable thanks to the smart uniforms delivered by Haven Products in Larbert.

Jamie Lawson, Regional Operating Officer – UK at Haven Products said:

 

“Haven Products are one of Scotland’s leading Supported Businesses providing vital training and employment opportunities for over 220 disabled workers across our four factory locations in Scotland.

 

“Having worked very closely with the senior procurement team at sportscotland, Haven Products are delighted to now be a strategic supply chain partner to sportscotland.  It is a great honour and testament for our staff that Haven PTS (textile workwear and uniform) business and the Haven Sign Factory business have recently provided products and services for the very impressive newly opened National Sports Training Centre in Largs.”

 

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Navigating around the centre is made simple thanks to the bespoke signage delivered by The Sign Factory, based in Larbert.  The signs include a version of Grace’s sign, a campaign by a young girl, Grace Warnock from East Lothian, to highlight that not all disabilities are visible.  Grace suffers from Crohn’s disease and has experienced prejudice when using disabled toilets.  The signs produced by The Sign Factory are the largest of Grace’s campaign so far.

 

The Sign Factory also added the ‘wow factor’ to the interior of the building by producing vibrant branding and murals illustrating the sports and athletes that will use the centre.

 

Martin Delaney, Commercial Manager with Haven Sign Factory said:

 

“The Haven Sign Factory was delighted to be invited to pitch for and win such a prestigious project. We welcome the opportunity to showcase our skills on such a high profile project. The National Sports Training Centre is a state of the art venue for training at the highest level and demands to be branded as such.

 

“From our state of the art sign manufacturing plant at Larbert we successfully managed and delivered this project on time and within budget.  sportscotland and their design team had a very clear vision of how they wanted the centre to look, I believe The Haven Sign Factory helped them realise that vision. The stunning wall and ceiling graphics bring the studios and public areas to life, while the bold clear way finding graphics and door signs give clear direction when navigating the centre.

 

“We as a supported Business would like to take this opportunity to thank the sportscotland procurement team for awarding this contract under the Scottish Governments Framework for Supported Businesses, allowing us to show we can deliver products and services at the very highest level and at the same time provide sustainable training and employment opportunities for disabled people in our communities.”

 

Inverclyde has already welcomed its first residential guests and community users and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  The contribution of NL Industries, Dovetail Enterprises, Haven Pts and The Sign Factory has played a significant part in enhancing the Inverclyde experience.

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Cabinet Secretary visits Haven PTS

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport  Shona Robison MSP & Haven PTS Trainee Bryony Rougvie

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison MSP & Haven PTS Trainee Bryony Rougvie

 

On the 18th November 2016, The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robinson, along with NHS NSS National Procurement director Jim Miller, visited Haven PTS factory based in Larbert in Glasgow. She went there to meet with a number of the members of the Haven PTS team who manufacture NHS Scotland uniforms at the factory.

Jamie Lawson General Manager from Haven PTS said “All of the staff here at Haven PTS were delighted to welcome and receive a visit from both the Cabinet Secretary and the Procurement Director today.

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport  Shona Robison MSP, Haven PTS Trainee Bryony Rougvie & NHS NSS National Procurement Director Jim Miller

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison MSP, Haven PTS Trainee Bryony Rougvie & NHS NSS National Procurement Director Jim Miller

Members of our team had the opportunity to engage with both of our visitors and explain their important roles within the manufacturing process of the NHS uniforms; they also talked about the new skills they’ve learned and about the friends they’ve made since securing a job here at Haven PTS.”

To find out more about Haven PTS, the employment and training services they have to offer, or to find out about their large array of garments and production services, please contact Jamie Lawson on 01324793013

 

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Nicola’s Story

Nicola, who suffers from a mental ill-health condition, has enjoyed working at Haven PTS for almost two years. Formerly running her own beauty salon, Nicola was forced to find stable employment due to the recession and poor economic climate. She initially worked as a receptionist at a doctor’s surgery; however the high-pressure working environment was proving harmful for her mental well-being. Luckily Nicola’s mum, a long-serving employee who had previously worked for Remploy and still works here at Haven PTS, informed her of several job opportunities we had available at the time.

On starting work at Haven PTS Nicola commenced a structured manufacturing training programme focusing on health and safety in the factory and working as part of a team on a fast paced manufacturing line. Nicola has blossomed in her new role and she likes her job role at Haven PTS because it involves her being “multi-skilled”.  She is directly involved in the production of garments and her current responsibilities include: working the lockstitch machine, sewing pockets onto garments, the binding of material at necklines, attaching flaps onto sleeves, and occasionally batching up and pressing garments.  She stresses the importance of everyone working together to ensure the smooth running of the production process.

Nicola really enjoys working here at Haven PTS: “I love the set working hours – having weekends and evenings off.  I like how fast-paced the work is, there’s no boredom.  I’ve also learnt a new skill – I could never sew before coming here. The people are all really nice and helpful and Nicki and Maureen (Nicola’s floor managers) are lovely.”

Nicola using a sewing machine at Haven PTS

Nicola using a sewing machine at Haven PTS

 

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Haven PTS wishes their summer intern, Heather, good luck!

Heather, our summer intern, completed her month’s marketing placement at Haven PTS today. The internship was funded through a partnership between The University of Edinburgh Careers Service and Santander. Heather’s internship role focused on the launch of Haven PTS’s new website and involved a variety of work including writing web content, compiling case studies and setting up our new twitter account (follow @haven_pts).
Heather says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed interning here at Haven PTS for the past month. It’s been great to gain practical marketing experience and an insight into the workings of a supported business. The experience has been so valuable and I couldn’t have gained what I’ve learnt from lectures or a textbook. I would like to thank all the staff for being so helpful and supportive during my time here at Haven PTS.”
Heather has just finished her second year of studying at The University of Edinburgh Business School. She hopes to pursue a career in marketing post-university and is spending her third year of university studying abroad in Vienna. We would like to thank Heather for her work here at Haven PTS and we wish her the best of luck in her year abroad and future career.

Heather and staff outside Haven PTS factory

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Haven PTS proud to introduce new digital pattern creating software

Textile-Pattern-Creation

In January 2016, Haven PTS introduced a new digital pattern creating software system which means we can now create and supply electronic patterns and markers. These electronic patterns and markers can then be utilised by either our own in-house CAD cutting machine or returned to customers for cutting by their own traditional hand cutting teams.

The state-of-the-art technology, which combines digital photography and specialist ICT software, is expected to benefit production here at Haven PTS. The software ensures patterns and markers are made to exact customer specifications and maximizes the accuracy of the subsequent production processes.

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John Swinney Opens New Larbert Facility

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.”

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Another successful night for Haven PTS

Haven PTS have won another award, this time at The National Governmental Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16.

Haven PTS have been working in partnership with Dimensions and NHS National Services Scotland to produce a nursing uniform range. The collaborative venture was awarded highly commended in the GO Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award.

Through this collaborative venture, the partners have demonstrated the success which can be achieved when the public, private and third sector work together. The initiative has created a well-managed manufacturing option, which is based solely in the UK and has a positive social and economic impact.

Dimensions is part of the MWUK Limited Group and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of bespoke corporate clothing with an established international client base. 

The awards were held on the 26th February 2015 in Manchester and a great night was had by all involved.

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Double win at The Scottish GO Excellence Awards

Haven PTS has had huge success at The Governmental Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Scotland Awards 2014/15.

Since 2013, Haven PTS have been working in partnership with Dimensions and NHS National Services Scotland to produce a NHS nursing uniform range. The collaborative venture was awarded both The GO Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award and Highly Commended in the GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award.


The glittering awards ceremony was held on the 21
st October 2014 in the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. All entries were reviewed by a panel of 8 experts in Scottish and UK Procurement, who examined all entrants to select the best achievements of public, private and third sector organisations in making a positive impact to the Scottish economy.

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Alex Neil Opens Haven’s Stirling Factory

Alex Neil, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Health, opened the Haven PTS factory in Stirling along with Mr. Fergus Ewing, MSP and Minister for Enterprise Energy and Tourism, and Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford.

When the UK Government closed the Remploy factories in 2012, hundreds of disabled people were made redundant. The opening of the Haven PTS factory replaces several of the jobs lost due to these closures, starting with an initial headcount of 26 workers.

Former Remploy worker Andrew Brennan said: “I worked for Remploy for 29 years and was distraught when I was made redundant in October last year. I was concerned about where I was going to find employment particularly in a difficult job market and also having a disability. Thanks to the Rehab Group, I have been given a chance to continue using my skills and to learn new ones by working for Haven PTS. I’m delighted to be back working.”

Enterprise Minister, Fergus Ewing said: “Since April 2012 I have been working very hard to mitigate the effects of the UK Government closure of Remploy factories in Scotland.  I chaired the Remploy Stakeholders Group which sought to explore any possible future employment opportunities for affected Remploy employees, and I am delighted that our hard work has resulted in Haven PTS Ltd being able to take on 26 members of staff.”

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary for Health Alex Neil said: “I am delighted that nurses uniforms for the NHS across Scotland will now be provided by Haven Pts Ltd, and that this work has enabled the company to take on so many former Remploy employees.”

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New partnership for Haven PTS

Haven PTS began working in partnership with Dimensions in October 2013 to produce a range of nursing uniforms for the NHS Scotland. 

Award-winning Dimensions is part of the MWUK Limited Group and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of bespoke corporate clothing with an established international client base.

As part of the three-year contract, Haven PTS will manufacture tunics and trousers for NHS nurses. Manufacturing and dying is carried out and then transported to the Haven PTS site in Larbert for cutting and manufacture. The collaborative venture ensures the whole supply chain remains within the borders of the UK and benefits from the involvement of the private, public and third sectors.

“Haven PTS`s mission from the formation of the business in October 2013, was to provide customers a UK based textile garment manufacturing option, with a very strong Corporate Social Responsibility message and providing sustainable jobs and training opportunities for skilled disabled textile workers.

Understanding and meeting our customer’s requirements is paramount. We are delighted with the support and encouragement that we have received from our partners at Dimensions and NHS Scotland. This support has enabled Haven PTS to meet the set project deadlines and quality standards and become a key member of the Dimensions supply chain.


We are keen to grow our business with Dimensions and hope that our relationship can assist them to secure more contracts as a result of the strong strategic social UK manufacturing option Haven PTS offers.”

Jamie Lawson, General Manager of Haven PTS

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