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Lisa Nandy urges Wigan businesses to rally around Redrock

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy visited Redrock Data Processing Services to meet the staff and managers battling to build a successful business on the site of the old Remploy factory.

The Remploy factory at Lamberhead Green was set up after the war to provide employment for people with disabilities. In 2012, despite a huge public outcry, the Government axed its funding and Remploy closed its doors for the final time after nearly fifty years of operations in Wigan. Around 40 local people were made redundant and television news cameras captured distressing scenes of workers leaving the factory, many in tears.

In 2012 the factory was re-opened by a group of former Remploy bosses. Redrock initially took on 18 members of staff, 14 of whom are ex-Remploy, all of whom are disabled. Since then the company has won new contracts to provide scanning and information streaming services and have been able to take on additional staff. There are now 28 employees at the site in Lamberhead Green with a total of 18 former Remploy workers.

Following the visit, Lisa Nandy MP said:

“When the Government made a shock decision to close Remploy the situation seemed hopeless but just two years later, thanks to dedicated managers and staff, 18 former employees are back at work. I was so pleased to visit the factory this week and see familiar faces back in the jobs they love. It makes the story of Redrock that bit more remarkable.”

David Liddle, Operations Director at Redrock, said:

“When the factory closed, we immediately started thinking about how we might be able to get some of the factory back up and running. We knew the staff had a lot to offer and that, with a bit of elbow grease, we could get a few of them back into employment. It has taken a lot of hard work and a few sleepless nights to get where we are today but it’s been well worth it.”

“Although the company has been a success story so far, everyone at Redrock recognises that more contracts need to be won in order to ensure the factory and the jobs it provides is here to stay.”

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy also urged local businesses to support Redrock and help secure the factory’s future:

“We need local businesses and the public sector to rally around Redrock. There are many more ex Remploy workers who could do a great job given the chance.”

August 20, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:
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