Fashion Enter and Remploy Featured in the Sunday Express
January 16, 2021 - January 16, 2021
Fashion Enter and our former Remploy staff were featured in the Sunday Express…
Following the recent closure of another Remploy workplace, the scene is all too familiar to Fashion Enter who moved into a former Remploy workplace, following another closure early last year.
Fashion Enter took over the workplace in Haringey, North London and after hearing of the former staff being made redundant, threw the Remploy staff a lifeline. Fashion Enter worked very closely with Remploy to begin a training course at our Fashion Studio, offering staff a chance to begin training and gain experience for a job to prepare them for a job within the new Fashion Enter factory.
After successful completation of the course, Fashion Enter went on to hire six full time members of Remploy staff as machinists, finishers, packers and pressers.
“I had worked with the employees of Remploy at the Factory in N4 for about four years in total so I knew quite a lot of the people beforehand. Remploy also had an excellent manager Roger Woods who I respected and worked well with. The decision to employ 10% of our labour force for people with different abilities was not an easy decision to make but one that I have absolutely no regrets at all in making. To see the ex Remploy firmly part of a team with a new skillset in fashion is absolutely rewarding for me personally but also great for the company. We have had a few bumps along the way but no more so than with other staff. The support received from Remploy was also excellent and my only regret is that we can’t find any ex Remploy staff with stitching skills. If we did I would snap them up in an instant. Employers can gain far more than just productivity with people that are differently disabled; it’s a team spirit that now exists in a greater depth than ever before that provides us with the real benefits.” Director Jenny Holloway commented.