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Bank of Scotland backs move for Active4All

Active4AllA social enterprise providing employment opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities has acquired premises for its expanding workforce.

Active4All has secured an £800,000 facility with Bank of Scotland and a £300,000 investment from Resilient Scotland.

Based in Bellshill, Active4All diverts construction waste from landfill by providing a collection service for organisations such as councils, charities and construction companies.

The discards are then sent to a specialised re-use centre to be manufactured into goods such as garden furniture, children’s dens, and quirky furniture for offices and the leisure industry.

The newly acquired 45,000 sq ft warehouse and 55,000 sq ft yard will enable the business to hire 12 people, taking the payroll to 32. The site will allow the business to develop a learning centre offering courses in warehousing, manufacturing and construction industry skills in a safe and secure environment.

Established in 2005, the business is the largest social enterprise of its kind in the country. It aims to improve employment prospects for individuals who are disengaged and marginalised within communities by running supported workplace opportunities which promote resilience, self-esteem and confidence.

Over the last year, Active4All has provided over 85 placements, from hands-on warehousing, stock control, driving and forklift driving skills to administrative and customer service experience.

Ian Strachan, executive chairman, said:  “The new site is a huge improvement and comes at just the right time. We were starting to outgrow our old base so it’s great to be in a position where we can open our doors to more people.

“We’re so grateful for the support Bank of Scotland and Resilient Scotland have provided. We’re committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people in North Lanarkshire and couldn’t do it without all the encouragement we receive.”

Alasdair Swan, relationship director, Bank of Scotland, said: “It’s great to see Active4All going from strength to strength and moving into much needed new premises. The team is dedicated to offering employment opportunities to more people in the local community and the Mossbell Road site will surely enable them to achieve this goal.

“Bank of Scotland is proud to support charitable organisations, such as Active4All. It’s a unique organisation which plays a valuable role in North Lanarkshire, empowering people to improve their environment and thrive in life. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

Resilient Scotland offers investment packages to support organisations trying to regenerate their local area by making social and economic improvements. The investment will enable Active4All to complete the new site acquisition.

Chris Holloway, head of Resilient Scotland said: “Our investment will enable Active4All to develop their business, enabling them to improve their financial sustainability, whilst creating a lasting positive impact on the environment and the community where they are based.”

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