On Tuesday 24th March, Haven Enterprises celebrated the opening of its new 53,000 square foot premises, housing four social enterprises in which 70 people are employed. The official opening was conducted by Deputy First Minister, Mr John Swinney MSP, with special guests including Leader of Falkirk Council Councillor Craig Martin.
As one of Scotland’s largest supported busineses, Haven employs over 250 people, of whom 220 are disabled and disadvantaged. Haven provides a range of high quality services to private and public sector customers, in areas such as manufacturing, textiles, packaging, recycling, document scanning, fulfilment and signage.
The new facility in Larbert will house four entitites, all part of Haven’s offering to its wide customer base.
1.) Haven PTS, which designs and manufactures a range of quality, competitively-priced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), marine safety clothing, workwear and uniforms. During 2015, Haven PTS will manufacture almost 140,000 garments for NHS nurses, in partnership with Dimensions Corporate Wear.
2.) Sign Factory, which provides custom signage for customers seeking any type of external or internal signage. Haven Sign Factory can audit any building or project and produce a full scale signage solution from vehicle wraps, vinyl signage on a small and large scale, to building or road sign projects.
3.) Redrock, a document scanning business which provides a full suite of secure document scanning and document management services to public and private sector clients and hard copy storage. Redrock stores data securely in the cloud and turns paper files and high volume ‘archive files’ into fully searchable online records.
4.) The Centre for Training Excellence, a pilot project between Momentum, Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government, to support disabled people to access quality, sustainable employment aligned with national and local policies and programmes.
Mr Swinney said, “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.”
Councillor Craig Martin, Leader of Falkirk Council, 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.”