A Scottish Government minister has said he hopes to see more people with supported needs find employment.
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, visited Glencraft yesterday to tour its factory in Aberdeen.
Glencraft employs blind and partially-sighted workers who manufacture high quality beds for businesses up and down the country.
The minister said: “The Scottish Government has a responsibility and a desire to support the supported businesses across the economy.
“There are a small number which provide really invaluable employment opportunities for those who have physical difficulties or other health issues.
“They provide a route through training into the wider employment market and demonstrate the ability, to future employers, that someone may have capacity to work in mainstream employment.
“We would like to see an increase in employment of people across the economy who have disabilities of one kind or another.
“It will allow companies to build on the success of companies like Glencraft.
“I hope businesses that don’t employ people who have disabilities or have not gone out their way to do so, certainly look at the successes of companies like Glencraft and think ‘let’s give people a chance’.”
During the visit, Mr Wheelhouse spoke to people who worked in the factory, whose customers include Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and Northlink ferries.
Graham McWilliam, director and custodian at Glencraft, said: “We are delighted the minister has come to visit.
“It helps to highlight the work which is done by the people here at Glencraft.
“It is always nice to get support from high profile people.
“We have had the Princess Royal in the past and now Mr Wheelhouse.
“Getting a contract for the Caledonian Sleeper and the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh has been great for us recently.”