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Council and Fishers employment success story
A partnership approach between North Lanarkshire Council and Coatbridge-based Fishers Laundry Group has resulted in 80 local people finding work
The council works with businesses throughout the area to encourage them to take on local unemployed residents.
In turn, each business is given full recruitment support as well as financial wage incentives.
Fishers is the market leader for laundry and textile rental services in Scotland and the North East of England. Focusing on the hospitality market, the company washes, dries and irons over two million items of linen each week.
Frank McNally, Convener of Education for North Lanarkshire Council: said: "Together, North Lanarkshire Council and Fishers have developed a real success story of how local authorities can support new businesses that locate to the area."
North Lanarkshire's Working staff linked with Fishers months before it officially opened its Coatbridge facility in March 2016 and over the course of the last 18 months, Fishers has taken on 80 staff through the council's employability programmes.
Speaking about the support they have been given, Kirsten Kerr, HR Manager from Fishers said: "We are really pleased with the partnership we have developed with North Lanarkshire Council over the last two years.
"The financial help and the recruitment support has been invaluable. Several recruitment events have been arranged with the Council, Routes to Work Limited and Job Centre Plus and these have been very successful in allowing us to find great candidates for our roles.
"We have had great support from North Lanarkshire Council since opening our premises in Coatbridge in March 2016.
"We are looking to take on another 40 members of staff in the coming months and we are already in discussion with North Lanarkshire Council to take that round of recruitment forward."
Cllr Frank McNally added: "It is essential as a council that we encourage employers to invest in North Lanarkshire and further provide support to all companies already based in the area.
"It has been fantastic to be able to support Fishers and ensure it has been able to populate its workforce with local unemployed residents.
"The partnership has grown and developed and some of the employees have had success stories of their own. Rosena McIntyre, for example, features on our 'North Lanarkshire's Working' website and was also the winner of a Routes to Work employability award.
"We would like to encourage any businesses that are looking to recruit to contact NLC to find out more information on how we can support you."