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Following our charity partnership announcement with RBLI, we toured the social enterprise factory providing employment opportunities for members of the Armed Forces community.

We are proud to be partnered with RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries), the national charity helping veterans across the UK who are struggling to adjust to civilian life. Faced with an environment that feels alien to them, veterans can struggle to find their place in society. This can often have a detrimental impact on their mental health. To help veterans find employment and build a new life after service, RBLI provides LifeWorks - a transformational employability programme.

Additionally, RBLI has founded the UK’s leading Social Enterprise providing members of the Armed Forces further employment opportunities. Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, employs vulnerable veterans and the disabled to make a range of high quality goods. These include signs, wooden products, and print and mail services for customers across the private, public and charity sectors.

How was Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company formed?

After WW1, RBLI began supporting ex-service personnel by caring for those who’d been diagnosed with tuberculosis. When they recovered, they wanted to have more independence to provide for their families. So, the RBLI formed Industrial Settlements Ltd and the first products made by veterans were wooden toys and boxes.

Today, the company continues to grow its range of products and services, and has expanded its support to people outside the Armed Forces community. As well as employing ex-veterans, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company also employs people with disabilities and mental health conditions.

What does Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company make?

RBLI’s social enterprise factory offers customers a range of products such as rail, road and commercial signs, wooden pallets, fruit bins and specialist products, as well as direct mail and wide format and general print services.

The charity invests in their staff and the latest technology, so they can maintain consistent high standards across their products. This also helps to compete in  a commercial environment while supporting staff and maintaining their independence.

Seat Unique’s tour of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

To announce Seat Unique’s partnership with RLBI officially, our Marketing Director, Phillipa Hicks was invited to the Royal British Legion Village in Kent. She was treated to a special tour of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. Here Phillipa met two veterans working at the RBLI factory.

Phillipa was also invited to the remembrance gardens, which have been designed to help people celebrate and commemorate the lives lived and lost in service. Here she met veteran Ian Durrant, where they discussed his experiences and how RBLI has helped him since leaving the Armed services.

After the tour, Phillipa was presented with Seat Unique and RBLI’s partnership sign, by RBLI’s Director of Strategic Development, Lisa Farmer.

We look forward to working with RBLI to support their mission to improve the lives of those in British Armed Forces community, who are disadvantaged by poor health, disability and/or poverty.

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