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A SOCIAL enterprise providing employment to the country’s injured veterans and people with disabilities has hosted the Department for Work and Pensions as they look to encourage more employers to champion disabled people in the workplace.
Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company welcomed DWP reps, major employers and Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, to its Bishopton factory to showcase how the factory has created a commercial successfully but socially thriving enterprise by being Disability Confident.
The Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘Disability Confident’ scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and representatives from disabled champions.
During her first visit to Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, Mhairi Black MP said: “Any disability of any kind can change someone’s life overnight. Support and confidence are absolutely key in realising the potential of an individual. Nowhere does that better than here.”
Michelle Ferguson, SBMC director, said: “Being Disability Confident is at the heart of everything we do. We do it, not just because it has a positive impact on those people we employ and support, but because it helps create a sustainable business built on a diverse range of skills and support.
“With access to skills a major issue facing many Scottish businesses, encouraging employers to think differently about disability can help them recruit and retain a skilled workforce.
“At SBMC we see every day how having a positive, flexible approach to disability and the needs of veterans can help improve lives and develop strong and effective teams.
“As a leading social enterprise in the Scottish manufacturing space employing injured veterans, we are proud to stand alongside the DWP in their mission to support more disabled people into work.”