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Alex Salmond hails staff at Glasgow Blindcraft factory

Alex Salmond visits Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries
Image caption Alex Salmond said it was important to recognise the achievements of workers at RSBi

The first minister has praised the staff at a Glasgow factory where more than half of its workers have a disability.

Alex Salmond visited the Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries manufacturing facility in Springburn which employs 240 people.

The firm specialises in manufacturing a wide range of furniture.

The first minister described it as "an example of workplace learning" that benefits all.

RSBi is operated by City Building, Glasgow City Council's arm's-length construction firm.

The facility aims to provide opportunities for the visually impaired, and people with disabilities, as well as helping towards the economic regeneration of the community.

Social enterprise

Robert Mooney, a development officer at RSBi, who was awarded the STUC One Workplace Equality Award by Mr Salmond in November 2011, invited the first minister to visit the facility.

Mr Salmond said: "Jobs are this government's top priority, and a major part of that is investing in workforce training and development.

"It's so important to recognise achievements like those of the STUC award winners at Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries here in Springburn."

City Building managing director John Foley said he felt the visit was "recognition of the great job our staff are doing every day, producing quality products for the public, private and third sectors".

He added: "RSBi is a commercially successful organisation because we continue to adapt our product range to suit the evolving needs of our customers. That's why we can employ 240 people here in Springburn.

RSBi is not run as a charity but as a thriving social enterprise."

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