Ex-Remploy staff use redundancy cash to set up enterprise in Morley

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Former Remploy workers have used their redundancy money to open a social enterprise aimed at employing or training disabled people.

The venture will open in Morley today as a not-for-profit society, set up with support from The Co-operative Enterprise Hub.

Enabled Works Ltd was formed after 12 ex-Remploy employees each invested £5,000 to create a worker co-operative.

Managing director Tina Brown said the aim was to employ 40 people on contracts including electrical assembly, warehousing and storage.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Thomas Murray said: “A lot of hard work has been undertaken to make this new social enterprise a reality.”

The Government has put in place an £8 million package of employment support for those affected by the Remploy factory closures, including a network of 200 personal case workers.

Remploy, in Lightowler Road, Halifax, closed in 2007 with the loss of 36 jobs. It was one of 43 sites across the UK to close under cost-cutting plans by the Government agency.