Remploy is the UK’s leading disability specialist, with more than 70 years of experience delivering employment and skills support.
Remploy was established in 1944 by the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, the aim of which was to provide employment for people injured during the war and coal miners with health conditions.
As a government-owned business, we provided direct employment for disabled people in a national network of factories. The first factory opened in 1946 in Bridgend, south Wales making violins and the network developed over several decades.
Recognising that social attitudes to disability were changing, in the late 1980s, we started to develop programmes to support disabled people into mainstream employment with other businesses.
In 2006, Remploy opened the first of what would become a network of high street and city centre branches providing a wide range of specialist employment support.
This move toward supporting disabled people into mainstream employment meant that within a few years we were operating dozens of branches across Britain.
In 2015, Remploy left government ownership in a joint venture between MAXIMUS, a leading international company providing health and employment services on four continents, and Remploy’s employees who have a 20 per cent stake in the business.