Politicians have added their weight to a campaign to save the jobs of disabled people in Aberdeen.
The city's state-owned Remploy textiles factory, which employs 15 people, needs alternative investment of £120,000 to avoid closure due to UK Government budget cuts.
An SNP delegation met factory bosses on Tuesday morning and will now invite the UK Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller to visit the premises.
North East MSP Mark McDonald said: “I think it has been a very constructive discussion. We intend to write to the UK Government and stress the fact that they need to have open and frank discussions with Remploy regarding the future of the site.
“They need to offer advice and assistance with the business plan to ensure it is watertight when it is submitted. Above all, it’s crucial that the minister and her officials visit Remploy in Aberdeen to see the work being done here because I don’t believe the UK Government has quite got an understanding of how well developed social enterprise is in Scotland.”
Ben Mardall, Remploy’s social enterprise manager, was hopeful that the talks would help secure the factory’s future.
He said: “I think the cross-party support that we have got is absolutely tremendous. There is a real opportunity to develop a legacy for Remploy here and create new opportunities for people with disabilities.
“There is absolute determination to make what we have got here work. The business plan we have developed is strong and robust but what it does need is that extra kick. That’s where the politicians come in and take it forward and help develop a lasting legacy for the site.”