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Potential bid for Midlands' Remploy factories

Potential bid for Midlands' Remploy factories Credit: The Remploy centre in Derby could be saved. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Remploy, a company which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, has confirmed that a preferred bidder has been identified for its automotive business based in factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby.

Negotiations will now be held to complete a transaction as soon as possible.

The company made the announcement as it confirmed three factories in Blackburn, Neath and Sheffield are to close as no bids have been made for the furniture part of the business.

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Former Remploy workers to protest at Tory Conference

Former workers to protest outside Tory Conference Credit: ITV Central

Disabled workers who have lost their jobs following the closure of Remploy factories are to stage a protest outside the Conservative Party Conference later.

Twenty-four sites were closed in August as part of government cut backs.

The Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent factories are among three more due to shut later this year and and the future of a further 18 are uncertain.

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