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Manufacturer employing disabled staff recognised by The King

Howard Trotter

A manufacturer of doors and windows for people which employs people with vision loss has been given its second royal seal of approval by King Charles III.

Since 1839 Shelforce, based in Erdington, Birmingham has provided a workspace for blind people.

The company has now been given a royal recognition by the King for offering a working environment so staff with a physical or learning disability can “thrive in employment”.

Shelforce currently employs 30 staff, three quarters of which are blind, who manufacture PVCu and aluminium products used in council building projects.

Things have changed over the years, when the firm first went into business it was called the Royal School for the Blind providing items such as baskets, brushes and mats.

It’s not the first time Shelforce has achieved royal connections, in 1984 Princess Anne opened its Birmingham factory, where it still operates from today.

Business manager, Howard Trotter [pictured above], told BBC News: "It is an unbelievable honour to receive the King's Award for Enterprise in the Promoting Opportunity category," said Mr Trotter.

"To be recognised by the highest honour in UK business, renowned across the world is an incredibly proud moment for Shelforce.

"Promoting opportunity is the reason behind Shelforce's continued success and this is fantastic recognition for our incredible team and the processes we have in place."

[ Howard Trotter said it was “an incredible proud moment” when Shelforce was recognised by The King ]

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