Remploy co-operative opens

Seven former Remploy employees have opened their own furniture business in the old factory where they used to work.

Former Remploy workers welcome co-operative

Seven former Remploy workers have started work building and manufacturing furniture for students and the NHS, with support from the Welsh government.

The men, from Swansea, have invested their redundancy pay into a co-operative scheme which will operate at their former factory in Fforestfach.

Terry Aue is one of the workers involved:

New Remploy business plans to expand

A new business started by ex Remploy workers plans to expand in the future, offering jobs to other former disabled employees.

The factory based in Fforestfach, Swansea will re-open and begin manufacturing and assembling furniture.

"When the Remploy factory closed in 2012 we wanted to ensure that the high quality skills within the workforce weren't lost.

With this new worker co-operative, we aim to develop a successful and profitable business and become a leading manufacturer and sub-contracting assembler within the UK market.

As we grow, we intend to operate as a financially viable workers co-operative which supports our disabled and disadvantaged workforce and offers training and employment opportunities to the wider Swansea community."

– Kevin Edwards, Co-operative Managing Director

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Remploy co-operative opens its doors

Ex Remploy workers are pleased to be working again Credit: David Madge

Seven ex Remploy workers will start work today building and manufacturing furniture for students and the NHS.

The men from Swansea have invested their redundancy pay into a co-operative scheme which will operate from the former Remploy factory in Fforestfach.

The business has been backed by the Welsh Government.

The Remploy factory previously employed 49 disabled workers but was shut in 2012 after funding cuts from the Department of Work and Pensions.