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Re-Use & Re-Manufacture – The Meningitis Research Foundation benefits from local businesses

Ever wondered about recycling your old office furniture and equipment and how it may benefit others?

Some local Bristol businesses have done just that and in the process will be benefiting international charity Meningitis Research Foundation.

Orchard Court furniture Nov 15Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV), Collecteco and Knowle West Media Centre have all been instrumental in facilitating and organising the donation of office equipment and furniture. The donations will mean that Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) will have equipment that it can distribute to its network of charities.

VWV has recently relocated its Bristol office from Orchard Court to Narrow Quay House. The refurbished building is equipped with new furniture and equipment which meant there were some items surplus to requirements. VWV has donated chairs, pedestals, cupboards, crockery, coat stands, clocks, 35 wide screen monitors with keyboards and mice, and general stationery items to the foundation.

In addition, Collecteco has assisted MRF in acquiring 38 desks from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Southampton office. Collecteco work with businesses and other organisations to redistribute furniture and other equipment to good causes. Working in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers to redistribute kit from their Southampton offices, Collecteco were keen to donate desks to MRF even though they were slightly too wide for the planned space.

Filwood Green Business Park Furniture Commission (Photography © Max McClure)

Filwood Green Business Park Furniture Commission (Photography © Max McClure)

Having donated furniture to Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) from Bristol City Council’s City Hall clearance in January, Collecteco were able to put the foundation in touch with KWMC’s new digital manufacturing enterprise, KWMC: The Factory, to get the desks re-manufactured to the right specification at low cost. Of course, the desks are 100% reused. The Factory is Knowle West Media Centre’s digital manufacturing space.  Based at Filwood Green Business Park, KWMC: The Factory offers workshops for schools, large-scale furniture commissions, training and volunteering, and opportunities for artists and small businesses to create prototypes. Collecteco hope to donate other kit, ranging from a meeting room table from the BBC down to matching mugs from DNV GL.

Mike Taylor from Meningitis Research Foundation commented on the support received:

We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from these businesses. Bristol is renowned as a dynamic, creative city with a strong network of organisations committed to working together for social improvement locally and globally. We are extremely excited and proud to be becoming a part of this community and look further to finding other ways of working with our neighbours.”

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