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Haven PTS Announces Job Creation

Haven PTS Announces Job Creation

Pictured: Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing (left) and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil (right) unveil a plaque to mark the launch of Haven PTS.

Up to 100 jobs are to be created with the launch of a new textile manufacturing business in Stirling.

Haven PTS, which has been set up by the Rehab Group, was officially launched by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil and Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing.

Supported business Haven PTS has already employed 26 people with disabilities who had previously worked for Remploy. This is expected to rise to 100 people by the end of the year.

The factory manufactures a range of garments, including Personal Protective Equipment or PPE, life jackets and workwear.

A three-year contract worth £1.5 million per annum has also been secured by Haven PTS to supply nurses’ uniforms to the Scottish NHS. This will include 150,000 tunics and 100,000 pairs of trousers for NHS workers across Scotland.

Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group, said: “The Rehab Group is delighted at the support it has received from the Scottish Government in setting up our new textile manufacturing business Haven PTS. Supported businesses provide an important source of employment for disabled people to help them become more socially and economically active. Across our supported businesses in Scotland, the Rehab Group now employs 189 people - more than 80% of whom have a disability. Haven PTS has so far recruited 26 people at its new facility in Stirling and plans to increase this to 100 by year end."

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.”

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.”

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."