Remploy | Bridgend | South Wales | Bar Cart
Remploy serving cart and bar cart with removeable tray top.
Remploy was set up under the 1944 Disabled Person's Employment Act by then Ministry of Labour Ernest Bevin.
The firm was formally founded in April 1945 and in 1946 the first factory opened in Bridgend, South Wales. The factory workers, mostly disabled miners, produced violins and furniture.
"REMPLOY" was a brand name derived from "re-employ". The name was originally registered by the Ex-Services Employment Corporation and was adopted in 1946 when the Disabled Persons Employment Corporation became Remploy.
Remploy employed badly disabled and scarred soldiers returning from World War II. Clement Attlee's Labour government did not want a repeat of post-World War I limbless soldiers playing mouth-organs on the streets. Then Minister of Labour George Isaacs opened the first factory and said upon opening:
"One of the finest Acts of Parliament ever put on the statute book is to see that these people are not left like flotsam and jetsam on the beach of society, but are put somewhere where they can be happy and of use to the community."
28" w | 16" d | 27" h
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