Falkirk is to get a £2 million investment to support people with disabilities in the workplace.
The Scottish Government cash boost could create up to 80 jobs at a new state-of-the-art facility in Larbert which will house three social enterprise businesses.
The Sign Factory, Haven PTS and Redrock will relocate to Unit 6 at Central Park and will supply both public and private sector contracts.
Haven PTS, which will provide financial contributions alongside Falkirk Council, has recently secured a three-year contract to supply the Scotish NHS with nurses’ uniforms, a deal worth up to £1.5 million per annum.
The site, due to be up and running by the end of the year, will also have a new training and development centre, jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Falkirk Council, which will support people who have difficulty in finding a job due to disability.
Councillor Dennis Goldie, portfolio holder for economic development, said: “Falkirk Council has worked closely with the Scottish Government and Haven on this joint project and is delighted to help the creation of this supported business and training centre of excellence at Central Park.
“It will have a hugely positive impact on the local economy and create job opportunities for people traditionally disadvantaged in the labour market.”
David Whyte, Director of Haven Products said: “Our workforce now consists of 220 people. More than 90 per cent of them have a disability.
“Not only will the site in Falkirk be a better commute for our existing staff, but we are excited about its potential to create even more employment and training opportunities for people in the area.”