Posts Tagged ‘Glencraft’

Closed Glencraft factory for blind attracts interest

© BBC News, Scotland — Aberdeen’s Glencraft factory for blind and disabled workers, which closed with the loss of 51 jobs, has attracted interest from potential buyers. Liquidators Tenon Recovery have been appealing for help to save the Glencraft business. They said a number of inquiries had been made about salvaging parts of the business – but they did not want to build up false hopes…. READ ARTICLE

Tears as factory that gave hope to disabled shuts after 156 years

By Frank Urquhart © The Scotsman, U.K. — Colin and Helen Middler collapsed in tears in one another’s arms yesterday as the doors finally closed on the workshops for the blind and disabled where they fell in love 22 years ago. Mr Middler, 44, who has been sightless since he was 14, has worked at the Glencraft factory – formerly the Aberdeen workshops for the blind and disabled – for almost three decades. His wife, 42, who suffers from severe visual impairment, has worked in the factory’s showroom, selling beds and mattresses, for 22 years. They were among 34 blind and disabled workers at the plant who were yesterday left on the jobs scrapheap as the entire workforce of 51 men and women were made redundant. The sheltered workshops in Wellington Road closed ending a 156-year history of providing employment to the disabled and visually impaired in the city…. READ ARTICLE

Disabled workers lose jobs as factory is shut down

© The Daily Record, Scotland — Dozens of blind and disabled workers were left jobless yesterday as the doors closed on their factory after more than 160 years. Devastated staff at the Glencraft furniture factory were told to pack their things after the firm went into administration. The company have blamed the withdrawal of Aberdeen City Council’s funding because of budget cuts. The 51 employees, some of whom have worked at the firm for more than 40 years, said an emotional private farewell to each other in the works canteen…. READ ARTICLE

Appeal amid factory’s tearful end

© BBC News, Scotland — Aberdeen’s Glencraft factory has closed down with the loss of 51 jobs, amid tearful scenes. The workers – who are mainly blind and disabled – will now have to try and find other employment…. READ ARTICLE

Disabled workers weep as firm folds after 146 years

By Calum Ross © The Press & Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland — Workers broke down in tears yesterday as an Aberdeen firm which has provided jobs for blind and disabled people for almost 150 years headed for administration. Glencraft – founded in 1863 as the Royal Aberdeen Workshop for the Blind and Disabled – will close down next week with the loss of 52 jobs, including those of 31 people with disabilities…. READ ARTICLE