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Glencraft factory hopes for rent waiver to re-open

Glencraft worker
Glencraft provided work in Aberdeen since 1843

Councillors are to be asked to waive £225,000 in rent to help a former factory for blind and disabled workers in Aberdeen get back on its feet.

Glencraft closed in November with the loss of 51 jobs and liquidators have been seeking buyers.

Aberdeen-based Production Services Network (PSN) plans to relaunch the charity.

The council's finance and resources committee will be asked to lease the factory for 12 months, waiving the fee.

It is expected the move would need the approval of Scottish ministers.

New enterprise

Liquidators RSM Tenon earlier said that Glencraft's debts were just over £3m.

Energy company PSN is preparing a plan in partnership with the Scottish government and other agencies.

PSN believes a new enterprise could build on the work of the previous company.

The new venture would retain charitable status, and offer as many former staff as possible the opportunity of new employment.

The factory had operated since 1843, but closed in November.

The Glencraft board blamed the city council's lack of support for the collapse. However, the council argued it had tried everything it could to help.



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