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Businesses give back 2,500 furniture items

06 December 2012

In its first 18 months of operations, businesses have donated over 2,500 items of furniture and equipment to charities, schools and social enterprises through Premier Sustain’s Giving Back Project.

Set up in April 2011, the Giving Back Project enables redistribution of wasted office resources to support the most vulnerable in society and education projects in schools. The Project is delivered as part of Premier Sustain’s sustainable office clearance solution for organisations that need to clear redundant items of furniture and equipment typically as part of business change or relocation. Items that are not viable for resale but can still be reused are donated rather than treated as waste.

Phil Oram Operations Director, Premier Sustain said: “We set up The Giving Back Project to enable us to simplify the donation process, customers were keen to donate furniture but had found some of the logistics and timings challenging. Our approach makes it easier for our clients and charity partners alike, we knew there was a demand for this service but we have been overwhelmed by the response to date.”

Recent beneficiary of the Project, William Wilberforce Trust, repairs and refurbishes furniture, offering training and employment opportunities whilst diverting quality furniture at minimum cost to those on low or no income. Max Manners, Senior Project Manager said: “As a new and developing project, our partnership with Premier Sustain ensures that we will be continually supplied with quality furniture. Their high level of service and commitment to supporting charities like ours makes for a great working relationship, benefiting us, the community we serve and the environment.”

The Project has assisted over 50 charities, schools and social enterprises during the 18 months, diverting over 1,200 office and static chairs, 250 office desks and 300 armchairs as well as other furniture items and electrical equipment.

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