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Furnishing a fairer future

Published: 14 Jan 2016 11:46

Disability employer signs up to Living Wage and Fair Work practices

One of Scotland's most successful supported businesses has rubber-stamped its commitment to fair employment and diversity.

Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) is the latest signatory to the Scottish Business Pledge – a commitment to paying staff the Living Wage and fulfilling other equality enablers.

The company manufactures quality furnishings for major contracts and has over 50% staff with disabilities, including Forces veterans.

It has enrolled alongside 187 other firms on the Business Pledge roster.

Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown said:

"Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries is a fantastic example of a business that recognises how an inclusive, fair and progressive approach to employment doesn't just benefit the workers – it results in a committed and productive workforce.

"Of the 260 people employed by RSBi, 145 have a disability. The company has an agreement in place to take on veterans who leave the Army on a medical grounds, and it trains and takes on pupils from local supported learning schools. It works hard at being an inclusive employer - and its turnover this year is £25million.

"RSBi has also gone from strength to strength, including through use of the Scottish Government's procurement framework, and is now completing huge contracts with public sector organisations – local authorities, the Scottish Prison Service, universities, the health service – throughout Scotland.

"Blindcraft, as it's still known by many, has become almost a household name in the west of Scotland and it can be rightly proud of what it has achieved.

"They have built up an enviable business base that many entrepreneurs will look to for inspiration, as well as attributing to our goal of a fairer, more inclusive and more productive Scotland."

Cllr James Adams, Chair of the RSBi board, said:

"We are delighted at RSBi to recognise the value of signing up to the Scottish Business Pledge for our workforce, our clients and our communities.

"Despite the current economic challenges it is important we build a strong and fairer society, recognising one of our strongest communities our disabled workers."

Notes to editors


The Scottish Business Pledge commits businesses to fair and progressive policies that boost productivity, recognise fairness and increase diversity.

Launched in May, the Pledge is a voluntary code for companies to commit to the best of modern business practices.

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