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Supported employment company wins awards

22nd November 2019

“We’ve seen first-hand the difference it makes…”

A supported employment company that works in partnership with Community has been recognised at the recent Construction News Talent Awards 2019. City Building Glasgow, which includes Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), where Community’s members work, won in two categories: Apprenticeship Initiative of the Year and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year.

Community has congratulated the company on its award. Lauren Crowley, Head of Equalities, said:

“City Building has a long history supporting our members from the National League of the Blind and Disabled, through RSBi. We’ve seen first-hand the difference its approach can make to disabled people and welcome and congratulate City Building on winning these awards.

“Our members value the businesses where they work and the fulfilment their jobs provide, which is in keeping with the NLBD’s founding principle of seeking ‘justice not charity’ for disabled workers. Recognition within the industry for what City Building has achieved, demonstrates that sector-leading businesses and supported employment can be one and the same. They deserve the congratulations.”

Steven McGurk, Community branch secretary at RSBi and National Executive Council member for Community said:

“It’s fitting that there is continued recognition for this vital supported employment business, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. This coincides with Community marking the 120th anniversary of the founding of the National League of the Blind and Disabled, so this is certainly a double celebration. We’re proud of what we achieve together.”

Photo of the City Building team collecting their award. Supported employment business RSBi is part of City Building.

The City Building team collect one of their CN Talent Awards.

City Building beat competition from some of the giants of the UK construction industry including Lendlease, Mace and Network Rail. RSBi is the manufacturing division of City Building producing a wide range of fixtures and furnishings at its Springburn facility.