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.”