Social enterprise Active4All has received funding of over £1 million to acquire new premises in Bellshill and expand its workforce.
An £800,000 funding facility from Bank of Scotland and a £300,000 investment package from Resilient Scotland, has enabled Active4All to move from Holmwood Avenue, Uddingston, to a new 45,000 sq ft warehouse and 55,000 sq ft yard in Mossbell Road, Bellshill.
The new facility will enable the business to take on 12 new people, bringing the total number of employees up to 32, as well as developing a new learning centre offering courses in warehousing, manufacturing and construction industry skills.
Established in 2005, Active4All is the largest social enterprise of its kind in the country aiming to improve employment prospects for individuals who are disengaged and marginalised within communities by running supported workplace opportunities.
Over the last year it has provided over 85 placements, from hands-on warehousing, stock control, driving and forklift driving skills to administrative and customer service experience.
Executive chairman Ian Strachan: “The new site is a huge improvement and comes at just the right time. We were starting to outgrow our old base so it’s great to be in a position where we can open our doors to more people.
“We’re so grateful for the support Bank of Scotland and Resilient Scotland have provided. We’re committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people in North Lanarkshire and couldn’t do it without all the encouragement we receive.”
Alasdair Swan, relationship director, Bank of Scotland, added: “It’s great to see Active4All going from strength to strength and moving into much needed new premises.
“It’s a unique organisation which plays a valuable role in North Lanarkshire, empowering people to improve their environment and thrive in life. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”
Resilient Scotland offers investment packages to support organisations trying to regenerate their local area by making social and economic improvements.
Chris Holloway, head of Resilient Scotland said, “Our investment will enable Active4All to develop their business, enabling them to improve their financial sustainability, whilst creating a lasting positive impact on the environment and the community where they are based.”