Remploy: Business as usual
Business as usual for Remploy's Frontline Textile CBRN manufacturers
Remploy’s Frontline business, manufacturers of CBRN equipment in Scotland - at factories in Clydebank, Leven, Cowdenbeath, Dundee and Stirling - will continue to operate, business as usual.
The announcements in the press last month regarding a number of nationwide Remploy factory closures do not affect these factories at the present time.
The Government announced that it intends to phase out funding for Remploy Enterprise Businesses, or factory network, by 2013. As a result of this, the Remploy Board has proposed the closure of a number of the Enterprise Business and factories.
However, the Remploy Board believes that its Frontline business could potentially be commercially viable without Government subsidy and there are currently no proposals to close the network of factories which manufacture CBRN equipment.
Remploy’s Textiles and CBRN General manager Chris Jackson said:
“The Government’s announcement heralds major changes for Remploy and presents an opportunity for businesses which may be commercially viable to, where possible, flourish outside of Government control. The Remploy Board believes that the Textiles business, which manufactures CBRN equipment, might be commercially viable and could leave government ownership.
“Remploy will work with the Department for Work and Pensions to explore whether the remaining Frontline Textiles business could exit from Government ownership and, if so, agree how this might be achieved.
“During this period of change the Board of Remploy will ensure that Remploy delivers the best possible service to its customers and gives its businesses the best possible opportunity for a successful future.”
Sarah Newall at Remploy Press Office 0116 281 9944
Notes to editors:
• Remploy supplies chemical biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection suits to police and armed forces in the UK and abroad and manufactures components for leading motor manufacturers
• The company operates a national network of 54 factories, which employs 2,200 disabled people. It is the country’s largest specialist employer of people with disabilities and health conditions
• It operates an IT re-cycling business which supports organisations in eliminating their risk of data loss, by securely removing sensitive data from end-of-use IT servers, desktops, PCs, Notebooks, Printers and handheld devices.
• Remploy employs 180 disabled people providing CCTV coverage in 38 towns and cities across the country
• Last year Remploy found jobs in mainstream employment for more than 20,000 people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
• Remploy operates a national network of 63 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers
• Remploy partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s, the NHS and Marks & Spencer