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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 September, 2003, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
BlindCraft rescue gets backing
BlindCraft worker
Business is on the up for BlindCraft
A rescue plan for a business which provides work for blind and disabled people has been approved.

Edinburgh city councillors had met to consider the future of BlindCraft after it accumulated debts of more than 2m.

However, management stressed that business was picking up and that the factory had turned the corner, with a 25% increase in sales of beds, windows and other items in the last year.

Councillors voted unanimously to support a rescue plan for the 200-year-old business, which is based in Peffer Place.

The plant employs more than 100 people, about three quarters of whom are blind or disabled and receives support from councils in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

General manager Bob McManus said losses had been substantial and unacceptable to everyone at the firm but things were looking up.

New machinery has been brought in, the factory layout rearranged and there has been investment in new products.

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