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Backing for Glencraft future plan

Glencraft showroom
Glencraft offers employment for disabled workers in Aberdeen

A revised business plan which would allow the Glencraft furniture factory for disabled workers to remain at their base has won approval in principle.

Aberdeen City Council said it was pleased to confirm its support.

The matter has now been referred to a council committee later this month for further scrutiny.

Members of the Cornerstone charity are also being asked to join Glencraft to deliver employment and training to a "vulnerable sector of society".

Council deputy leader Kevin Stewart, the SNP group leader and convener of resources management, said: "I am delighted that there appears to be a viable option for the continuation of Glencraft via a social enterprise hub.

"I look forward to receiving a detailed report to resources management and would commend officials for working so hard to get to this stage."

Failure to secure a buyer, which would have enabled the business to move to smaller premises, has already resulted in a cash lifeline from the council.

This followed the earlier withdrawal of a council grant.

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