From the Guardian. 17th September 2010

Council insists £1.1m subsidy cannot continue

Campaigners have vowed to keep fighting to save Edinburgh’s Blindcraft bed factory, despite fears its closure is now inevitable.

Council leaders were urged to look at the turnaround of Glencraft in Aberdeen for inspiration after announcing it was considering closing the Blindcraft factory in Peffermill to save £700,000.

The council-subsided charity, which has blind and disabled people among its 70 employees, has seen sales declining recently as customers such as hotels and retailers scale back spending. Employees at the factory produce beds from scratch, from building the wooden frames to stitching the mattresses.

Yesterday the SNP and Lib Dem administration was accused of “utter heartlessness” when it voted to begin a 30 day consultation period with the factory staff. …

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