Workers leave Portsmouth’s Remploy factory for final time

The Remploy factory in Portsmouth has closed
The Remploy factory in Portsmouth has closed

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A factory which employs disabled workers has closed for good.

Sad employees left Remploy’s packaging business in Rodney Road, Milton, Portsmouth, for the final time this afternoon.

Their working day was due to finish at 4pm but employees decided to lock up and leave an hour early.

Nine of them are now looking for more work and four others are staying for a short while to make sure the closure goes smoothly.

They have each been assigned a personal placement worker who will help them find jobs in the next 18 months.

It comes after Remploy announced it was closing the building, which it leases from Portsmouth City Council, and putting the business up for sale.

So far no viable bids have been put in,

Remploy spokesman David Felton said: ‘I think people were sad but everyone realised that it was inevitably going to happen.’