More than £750k invested in Poole’s Remploy factory to create jobs and training centre

BEING PUT TO GOOD USE: The former Remploy factory in Poole, where investment is set to create jobs

BEING PUT TO GOOD USE: The former Remploy factory in Poole, where investment is set to create jobs

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MORE than £750,000 is being invested in a redundant Poole factory to transform it into a centre to create employment and learning.

The old Remploy factory in Alder Hills is subject to a five-year funding loan of £775,000 by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, together with help from Borough of Poole’s economic development team.

Renovation has begun on the factory building, which closed its doors in 2012, to create an innovative Social Enterprise Scheme by Sequal Solutions, the social enterprise arm of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA).

When completed in autumn 2014 the centre will offer a variety of initiatives from a training and skills academy, recycling old furniture and bicycles, to gaining catering qualifications at the café, using home grown produce.

Gordon Page, Dorset LEP chairman, said: “Dorset LEP is delighted to be supporting this exciting and innovative initiative. We support social enterprises and want to see them thrive whilst creating more jobs and growth for Dorset. This is good news for everyone.”

Martin Hancock, chief executive of BCHA said: “We are very grateful to Dorset LEP for providing us with this funding to enable us to purchase and transform the old Remploy factory, bringing a former social enterprise site back to life.

“This Social Enterprise Centre will provide a vital resource for the local community.

“Not only will it create more jobs, it will also provide many opportunities for the people of Poole and Bournemouth and Dorset to learn new skills and achieve qualifications, helping them to gain employment.

“We are pleased to be in a position to improve and engage communities to a more sustainable lifestyle, and are delighted that Dorset LEP share our vision and commitment to re-investing back in to the community.”

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2:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

So the drop outs and druggies are worth more than the disabled who lost their jobs in 2012.
So the drop outs and druggies are worth more than the disabled who lost their jobs in 2012. TheDistrict
  • Score: 11

6:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

calamity carney says...

TheDistrict wrote:
So the drop outs and druggies are worth more than the disabled who lost their jobs in 2012.
Yes possibly true but you are missing the point. Look at all that tax payer money the developers and builders will get. Snouts in the trough for the selected chaps!
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: So the drop outs and druggies are worth more than the disabled who lost their jobs in 2012.[/p][/quote]Yes possibly true but you are missing the point. Look at all that tax payer money the developers and builders will get. Snouts in the trough for the selected chaps! calamity carney
  • Score: 5

8:26pm Fri 11 Apr 14

High Treason says...

Should public money be invested in anything to do with the church. It is a religion based on supposition and the church has a very bad record on sexual abuse. Look at how much the top management earn, just another charity using the public goodwill.
Should public money be invested in anything to do with the church. It is a religion based on supposition and the church has a very bad record on sexual abuse. Look at how much the top management earn, just another charity using the public goodwill. High Treason
  • Score: 1

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