Remploy workers have been driving a Jaguar as a reward for improving efficiency.
But it’s not the first time that they have been handed the keys to one of the world’s most luxurious cars.
Six months ago Remploy’s Coventry factory employees were given a Jaguar XK8 convertible for a week as a ‘Thank You’ from Jaguar for improving productivity.
The second Big Cat, a new S-type model, has been handed over by Unipart for a week to mark Remploy’s continuing efficiency improvements. Workers at the Torrington Avenue factory, where the majority of the workforce are disabled, supply a wide variety of after-market kits to Unipart for delivery to Jaguar dealers throughout the world.
Jacqueline Whitton, Unipart’s Supplier Quality Development Manager, said: "Remploy are going to considerable lengths to improve levels of efficiency. The loan of the Jaguar is in recognition of the efforts they are making and the processes they have installed to achieve constant, high standards."
Graham Howard-Spink, head of Remploy Automotive, said: "It’s a great gesture by Unipart. This is the European Year of Disabled People which aims to raise the profile of disabled people and this certainly helps.
"The disabled people working on the Unipart account have proved, yet again, that they can meet the same tough demands on quality and delivery deadlines that any other company would face."
Key members of the Unipart / Jaguar account at Remploy’s Torrington Avenue factory have taken it in turns to drive the car.Published 6 March 2003