11/10/2013 03:09 BST

Ex-Remploy Factory Staff Launch New Business To Help Disabled People

A general view of the Remploy office in Nottingham as the company is proposing to close 36 of its 54 factories with potential compulsory redundancies of more than 1,700 disabled workers, it was announced today.

Former Remploy workers have used their redundancy money to open a social enterprise aimed at employing or training disabled people.

The venture will open in Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, today as a not-for-profit society, set up with support from The Co-operative Enterprise Hub.

Enabled Works Ltd was formed after 12 ex-Remploy employees each invested £5,000 to create a worker co-operative.

Managing director Tina Brown said the aim was to employ 40 people on contracts including electrical assembly, warehousing and storage.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Thomas Murray said: "A lot of hard work has been undertaken to make this new social enterprise a reality."

The Government has put in place an £8 million package of employment support for those affected by the Remploy factory closures, including a network of 200 personal case workers.