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New Clydebank Facility Opens to Provide Employment Opportunities for Disabled People

New Clydebank Facility Opens to Provide Employment Opportunities for Disabled People

Thursday, January 22, 2015: Mr Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business today officially opened the new 28,000 sq ft headquarters of award-winning social firm Haven Products in Clydebank, a development which will enable the company to sustain employment and create new job opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people.

Haven, which is the commercial division of national not-for-profit organisation Momentum, was established in 1946 and was based in the Hillington area for more than 60 years, until recently.  The factory in Hillington had been home to the business since 2004, but the extent of its operations and its workforce of 73 employees had outgrown this facility.

The new packaging operations facility, which was previously owned by Remploy, is the result of a £600,000 investment by Haven, supported by Rehab Group, to sustain the projected growth of the business in the next number of years. The move comes at a time of rapid growth for Haven, which now offers a wide range of services to public and private sector companies across its various businesses, employing 236 people, of whom 90 per cent have a disability.

Haven Products provides packaging and fulfillment services to businesses which outsource elements of their production processes. This includes premium packaging assembly of whiskies such as the The Macallan, Highland Park and The Famous Grouse for Edrington, for whom Haven produces in excess of one million cases every year. The only supported business in Edrington’s supply chain, Haven was crowned its overall Supplier of the Year in 2011 and has now been a Gold Award Winner in Edrington’s supply chain for seven years.

Haven has been supported in its endeavours to create sustainable employment opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people in Scotland by the Scottish Government, which has consistently encouraged the development of supported businesses. In Clydebank, this support has enabled the purchase of new equipment and training enabling the facility in Clydebank to continue to grow its business in the near future.

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Economic Development team has worked closely with Haven since January 2014 in assisting the firm with its relocation to Clydebank. The Council’s Business Support team has supported us financially and the Council has also provided practical support through its employability, planning and estates sections to support Haven to establish its Clydebank presence and become part of the West Dunbartonshire community.

Haven also has a recycling arm, Haven Recycle, based in Glasgow, which offers waste electrical and electronic recycling (WEEE) and a facility in Inverness offering logistics, printing and quality inspection services. It also operates a document scanning business, Redrock, which has sites in Wigan in Northern England, Porth in South Wales and in a new 53,000 sq ft facility in Larbert in which Haven’s new manufacturing arm, Haven PTS, launched in 2013 is also based. This business is a major supplier of work wear and uniforms to the NHS, as well as to private sector clients. In addition, Haven’s newest operation, The Sign Factory, which transferred from Falkirk Council at the start of the year, operates from the new factory in Larbert.

David Whyte, Chief Operations Officer, Haven Products, said: “This is an important milestone for all of the people of Haven. For more than 60 years, Haven Products has created real, sustainable employment for disabled people across its range of social businesses. For many people, having and keeping a job is essential to greater independence. Members of Haven Products’ workforce work hard to demonstrate how social businesses can compete with commercial operations through the delivery of high quality, cost effective products and services. We look forward to continuing to work with local businesses and local partners here in Clydebank, and the wider West Scotland area, to create new employment options for people in their local communities. Haven would like to particularly thank the Scottish Government and West Dunbartonshire Council for all their support in developing this project. Both have demonstrated their commitment to supporting the creation of viable, long-term supportive employment to disabled people in Scotland.”

Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business, said: “The Scottish Government firmly believes that it is important that all people of working age are encouraged and supported to work when they wish. Scotland’s supported businesses - which have at least 50% staff members who are disabled - are an important part of the landscape of support available to help disabled people find sustained and fulfilling work opportunities.  They can act as a permanent workplace or as a stepping stone into other employment.

“We have taken steps to improve the sustainability of these businesses and to help them expand in a way that is commercially viable. We have developed the Supported Business Procurement Framework as well as the Supported Business Directory to help public bodes procure goods and services from these businesses.

“I am delighted to have been invited to officially open the new Haven Clydebank site. This is yet another example of a supported business which is well managed, has developed a successful business model and ensure their staff is properly supported in their day to day tasks and development. Haven Clydebank is setting an example for others and I am very pleased to be here today when you open these new facilities.”

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For further information contact:
Cliodhna O’Neill
E: cliodhna.oneill@rehab.ie
M: 07756 580707