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Council buys factory for disabled

Glencraft showroom
Glencraft employs disabled workers at its Aberdeen factory

The troubled Glencraft furniture factory for disabled workers in Aberdeen has had its future secured, according to the city council.

The council has agreed to buy the factory and lease it back to the firm.

Glencraft had its funding from the local authority cut as part of an earlier budget settlement.

Negotiations have been taking place since. About 60 staff are employed at the site which could now become home to other social enterprises.

The council's urgent business committee agreed to buy Glencraft's Wellington Road premises, aimed at giving Glencraft's management the opportunity to create a sustainable business.

'Important step'

Council leader and committee convener Kate Dean said: "I am delighted that the council is being supportive of this solution, which will allow Glencraft to move forward and to build on its business.

"The council has been working closely with Glencraft for some time, providing considerable support and advice. I really am pleased that we have been able to work together to safeguard this city-wide employment and training facility."

Scottish social enterprise Cornerstone welcomed the decision.

Cornerstone chief executive Edel Harris said: "The decision is an important step towards establishing Scotland's first social enterprise business park on Wellington Road - and securing Glencraft's long-term future."

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