New jobs in a new green industry will benefit from immigration, says social enterprise.
Plans to replicate could see 10,000 directly created new jobs in the UK.
Remade in Edinburgh is a multi-award winning social enterprise which teaches computer, textile and furniture repair skills from the Edinburgh Remakery and runs repair and upcycling workshops and campaigns for zero waste throughout the city.
Director Sophie Unwin says “Without our 2 employees from Greece and Italy, we wouldn’t have been able to build up our computer repair business. This in turn increases our income and allows us to run free and low cost community workshops, and support local charity CHAI (community Help Advice @ Information) to provide free furniture to vulnerable people throughout the city as part of our partnership with them, which has saved them 2 jobs, and created 3 new ones at Remade – all for British workers. It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that EU nationals are taking our jobs: they are creating our jobs ”.
Computer Technician Sotiris Katsimbas comes from Greece where had previously worked on community education projects. He says: “Our team’s diversity doesn’t just make our business stronger, it helps bring different perspectives and build a tolerant, connected community, in which everyone can take part. We’re not about helping any one group: we’re about coming together to show that you can create business with social values at its heart.”
The values extend beyond that of community-building, they are also about a new, green business model which doesn’t cost the earth. By teaching repair skills Remade is preventing 100s of tonnes of valuable resources from going to landfill each year and helping create a new repair economy.
In the last year the business saved 200 tonnes of waste to landfill, created 7 jobs, and trained over 1,000 people.