We are set to establish a new upholstery business, initially with two of Glencraft's former employees. The new social enterprise will provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities while generating additional income to support our work in the community.
The business, to be branded 'Bennachie', will be launched in Aberdeen next in April 2010 and offer a wide range of upholstery and re-upholstery services to residential and commercial customers.
Bennachie will operate under Cornerstone's subsidiary company, Corners Turned Limited. Mark Rait, Head of Marketing & Enterprise for Cornerstone commented "This is a very exciting time for Cornerstone as we continue to launch new social enterprises that provide employment and training opportunities for people who require support. We were involved in discussions earlier in the year surrounding the difficulties facing Glencraft and are delighted to be in the position, via our new upholstery business, to employ two of their former staff."
"We are proud of the ethos of partnership working in Aberdeen that has enabled us to move so quickly. Remploy (Aberdeen) has provided us with their industrial and office space and we will work closely with their team in providing employment opportunities as we grow. Our private sector partner, Gatts , offer french-polishing and upholstery services in the North East which means that Bennachie will be able to offer customers complementary services from one point of contact. The newly formed Glencraft (Social Enterprise) Ltd will also continue as a valued partner, as we support each other's future activities and prospects for success."
Gary Mackie, previously Glencraft's Upholstery Manager, will be responsible for managing the new business. Commenting on his new role Gary said "I am thrilled to be back in employment and enjoying the challenge of establishing a new social enterprise with Cornerstone. The past year has been a difficult and uncertain time but my future with Cornerstone is now looking bright and I look forward to the upcoming launch of our upholstery business. We already have a list of customer enquiries and look forward to offering them exceptional levels of service, quality and value when we open our doors for business."
The upholstery business is just one of our emerging social enterprises which includes an SVQ training business, a cafe, a gift shop, an embroidery business and a recycling project.