New textile factory to take on disabled workers

A new textile company, which is to manufacture uniforms for the NHS, has taken on 26 disabled workers who lost their jobs after the closure of local Remploy factories.

Haven, which is to open a new facility in the Scottish city of Stirling, will recruit the workers made redundant as a result of last year’s factory closures.

The new business, awarded a three-year, £4.5m contract with the NHS, was launched yesterday by Scottish health secretary Alex Neil and enterprise minister Fergus Ewing.

It provides a boost to the region after Mr Ewing confirmed that less than half the 250 Remploy staff laid off last month had yet to find work.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Scottish health secretary 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.”

“This work, which is worth up to £1.5 million per annum, will enable Haven to provide up to 150,000 tunics and 100,000 pairs of trousers for NHS workers across Scotland each year while providing sustainable jobs for many workers and helping to stimulate the local economy.”

The work is expected to see Haven provide up to 150,000 tunics and 100,000 pairs of trousers for NHS workers across Scotland each year.