Twelve former Remploy workers each invested £5000 of their redundancy money to create a new worker co-operative.
Enabled Works is a social enterprise which provides employment, training and rehabilitation for disabled people in Yorkshire.
Owned and run by its workforce, the Morley-based Enabled Works Ltd has been declared officially open by Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood.
Tina Brown MBE, the Managing Director of Enabled Works Ltd and former site manager of Remploy Leeds, who has been awarded an MBE this year for services to disabled people, said: “Eventually, we aim to employ 40 people at Enabled Works and offer a sustainable supportive work environment that allows independence, a social structure, dignity and self-worth on a level playing field.”
The not-for-profit society, set up with support from The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, started trading earlier this year and is working to build its contracts with businesses and local authorities in the areas of pick and pack distribution, electrical assembly, labelling, promotional mailings and warehousing and storage.
Mrs Brown added: “We were approached by many former customers of Remploy and, while this is not a duplication of Remploy, we are a worker co-operative re-investing our profits for the continued benefits of disabled people, we can now undertake similar work by bringing the skill sets and talents of our workers back into employment.”
For more go to enabledworks.co.uk or call 253 7255.