End of month decision on Remploy

Remploy Factory, Banbeath Industrial Estate, Leven.
Remploy Factory, Banbeath Industrial Estate, Leven.
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A FINAL decision will be made on the future of Remploy in Leven by the end of the month, it has been announced.

The Remploy board will meet on Wednesday, June 26 to consider bids for the facilities at Leven and Cowdenbeath, which employ 65 people who manufacture high-quality lifejackets and other marine safety aids.

In April, it was revealed that the board of the disabled workers firm had received an undisclosed number of bids for the Fife factories which met its criteria.

Both Gordon Brown MP (Labour, Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath) and Lindsay Roy MP (Labour, Glenrothes & Central Fife) have campaigned heavily to save the factories since they were put up for sale by the board in December 2012.

Commenting on the facilities, Mr Brown said: “They have been part of the fabric of Fife for 60 years. We do not want to lose the expertise they have.

“We feel a worldwide market exists and if the products are not made in Fife they will be made elsewhere. These are manufacturing jobs that are worth saving.”

At least one firm bid has been received to take over the business, and Mr Roy is hopeful that Remploy Marine has a bright future.

“Given a full order book, the quality of the product, and national and international sales, it is vital that there is a successful bid - otherwise, the loyal and dedicated work force will be deprived of work and the economic, social and personal dividends it brings will be lost.”