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Disabled equipment firm in job loss talks

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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A FIRM which provides seating for the disabled from its base near Burton is currently consulting with workers over the possibility of job losses.

The Mail understands that up to 15 jobs could be axed at Specialised Orthotic Services, which is based at a converted unit at the Fauld Industrial Park, near Tutbury.

It is believed that while some members of staff have already left the firm, several others are still involved in a consultation period with the company over their future.

Despite attempts by the Mail, bosses at the business said no-one was available for comment on the situation.

In October last year, the Mail reported how the company had extended its factory to cope with a rise in demand for its products.

The firm provides specialist seating for people with serious and complex disabilities, designing and manufacturing the equipment and tailoring it to the needs of the user.

It has been recognised nationally for its work with its P Pod product – a device made up of a seat, a bolster support and beanbag and moulded to a person’s individual needs.

Managing director Gordon McQuilton, who was honoured with an MBE in 2008 for his work in helping disabled people, started the firm in his garden shed before moving to premises in Weston on Trent, and ultimately finding its base in Tutbury.

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