SET up in 2015 by Irene Donaldson, Re-Employ became a social enterprise in 2016.

Irene previously worked for the DWP and was involved in the Connect project in partnership with BRAG, a Government initiative aimed to aid the re-employment of the workforce from Remploy’s Cowdenbeath factory when it closed.

The project was very successful and helped to find employment for many of the workers. There were still some who were finding it very difficult to gain employment elsewhere so with BRAG’s support RE-Employ was born.

The company now employ seven staff and have nine volunteers who all have differing disabilities that make finding suitable employment very difficult.

The Re-Employ team create bespoke gifts, branded items like mugs, keyrings, mouse mats, bags, and have recently launched a new workwear catalogue on their website.

They also have some hand finishing and fulfilment contracts from several companies.

Volunteer, Charlene, said of her time at Re-Employ: “It’s a nice friendly place, you meet really nice people and work hard together as a team.”

The team are based at BRAG’s Crosshill Community Enterprise Centre and are open Tuesday to Thursday and by appointment out with these days.

Our picture shows some of the team hand finishing whisky bottles.

For more information visit their website or call 01592 869020 and ask for Gordon Reid Business Development Manager.