RSBi’s factory in Glasgow provides a purpose-built, BSEN ISO:9001 assessed, high-tech manufacturing centre, equipped with the latest automated machinery and a highly-trained and skilled workforce It is recognised as a one of the UK’s leading examples of social enterprise through its commitment to the training and employment of people with disabilities from all backgrounds.
RSBi also benefits from Article 19 of the EU Public Procurement Directive, which enables public contracts to be reserved for supported factories and businesses where more than 50 per cent of employees are recognised as disabled.
As one of the largest supported employment facilities in Europe, RSBi has high-profile support from influencers including Sir Tom Hunter, Secret Millionaire Tony Banks, HRH The Princess Royal and many other business leaders.
Sir Tom Hunter said “I have been very impressed with the workers I have met on my visit to RSBi. They are entrepreneurs in the true sense of the word. They contribute to a successful business and are carrying out a range of skilled jobs.”
Tony Banks, star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire and Chairman of Balhousie Care Group, said: “I am happy to support an organisation that provides real employment opportunities to those who deserve it, including war veterans. It is a timely reminder of the practical help we can give to men and women who have served their country.”
HRH The Princess Royal was shown how the latest technology is being used to help staff produce high quality furniture to exacting standards. She met a wide range of workers on the factory floor to hear about Blindcraft’s diverse range of products.