Jobs hope for former Wrexham Remploy staff

Reporter:

Garth ApThomas

HOPES have been raised that redundant Remploy staff could be back in work in time for Christmas.

Stoke-based manufacturing company Disability Employment is interested in setting up a factory in Wrexham.

And company consultant Nigel Barrett said he was hopeful the factory could be up and running by next month.

Disability Employment had been interested in taking over the former Remploy site in Railway Road, which closed down in August, making about 40 people redundant.

But those proposal have now been formally rejected by the Remploy board.

As a result Disability Employment is pressing ahead with plans for another option – opening a factory at the Whitegate Industrial Estate.

“It is a disappointment not to get the former Remploy plant, the staff have a familiarity with the site,” said Mr Barrett.

“However it is possible we might be able to buy some equipment from the factory and use it at Whitegate.

“Initially we would be looking to take on about 12 members of staff.

“Within the course of a year we estimate that figure could grow strongly to about 40, although it wouldn’t be exact like for like employment with Remploy.”

Mr Barrett said discussions have been going well with Wrexham Council and he hoped a further meeting would be taking place shortly.

The chief executive of Disability Employment is businessman Ivan Timmis.

Together with Mr Barrett he has held a number of meetings in Wrexham with former members of staff at Remploy, MP Ian Lucas and Cllr David Bithell, who represents Stansty ward.

Outlining his reasons for seeking to have a presence in Wrexham Mr Timmis said: “We are impressed with the standards of the workforce of Remploy here and want to come to the town.

“The quality of the staff is very high, they use sophisticated machinery and are hard working.”

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