Deputy Minister Visits EPS to Discuss New Contract

Following EPS being awarded a contract with Transport for Wales, the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters visited our site 2nd May 2019.

TfW is awarding contracts to social enterprises within Wales, due to the positive impact they have within communities. They are at the beginning of an exciting journey which will see over £5 billion invested in Wales’ transport network. The not-for-profit company, wholly owned by Welsh Government, is fully aligned with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and understands the fundamental role that transport plays in improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

Deputy Minister for Transport and Economy, Lee Waters visited ELITE Paper Solutions, and had the opportunity to learn about how the social enterprise works and meet with the staff working there.

He said;

“It has been an inspirational visit to ELITE Paper Solutions, the staff here are working hard to create an environment where people from all backgrounds and facing difficulties can learn skills, build confidence and obtain employment.

“The professionalism and support shown here proves that procurement can be undertaken in a way that delivers real outcomes for the people in this region, supporting the commitments made in our Better Jobs Closer to Home initiative.

“It is also important that we recognise that Transport for Wales is working with social enterprises and providing opportunities for local communities to benefit from their investment programme. It is a trans-formative time for transport within Wales and people and communities are very much part of the process.”

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO added;

“I’d like to congratulate ELITE Paper Solutions on their success and as an organisation, Transport for Wales is excited about working with them. We are investing £5 billion into the transport sector and there will be many opportunities for local businesses and social enterprises to work with us.

“As well as improving the transport network and services, we want to use our investment to positively impact the local economies and communities across Wales and contracts such as these indicate how this can be achieved. This contract award demonstrates our commitment to developing a more equal Wales, enabling people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances as outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015).”

Tfw arranged for media experts Equinox to attend the visit, and they have kindly provided us with the below content;