Reviive install street piano at Oswestry Indoor Market

December 2019

Indoor Market Piano

(left to right) Michelle Carnell, Reviive Oswestry, Laura ball, The yellow Bicycle Cake Company and David Clough, retail markets and events manager, Oswestry Town Council.

Shropshire recycling and resale organisation Reviive has installed a street piano at Oswestry Indoor Market.

Street pianos, usually located in a public space, encourage all musicians to showcase their talents while at the same time entertain passers-by. The upcycled instrument will be in place indefinitely at the indoor market and follows a successful campaign by Reviive, whereby members of the public were encouraged to donate their now unwanted but playable pianos to the organisation, for use in a number of locations.

Cllr John Price, mayor of Oswestry, said: “This is an exciting partnership with Reviive and we are looking forward to hearing the piano being played on a regular basis. We hope it will offer an enhancing vibrancy to the indoor market and make it a place where people can really enjoy their retail experience even more.”

Julian Price, MD at Reviive, said: “The response to our recent request for additional pianos was great and as a result we are very happy to now provide one at Oswestry’s indoor market. Street pianos are a fun and creative way for people to share music and we hope that this one will provide an outlet for the musicians of Oswestry and beyond to share their musical offerings. We would also like them to submit videos of their performances on the piano to the Reviive Oswestry Facebook page.

Reviive extends annual Buy Nothing New Day to include whole weekend as well as Black Friday

November 2019

Buy Nothing New Day

(left to right) Dan Wood, Simon Hilton, Jason Stubbs and Steve Boffey from Reviive Shrewsbury.

A national event first launched two years ago as an ethical shopping alternative to Black Friday, will return to Shropshire again in 2019.

Resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive will be promoting Buy Nothing New Day on Friday 29 November, but for the first time will extend its 20 percent discount; for all customers purchasing from either of its outlets in Oswestry and Shrewsbury; to include Saturday 20 and Sunday 01 December.

Started by Canadian artist Ted Dave in 1992 to raise awareness of blatant consumerism Buy Nothing Day was adopted in the UK by the Reuse Network, re-branded and launched as Buy Nothing New Day in 2017. With the aim of dispelling the myth that second-hand is second-best, donating to or buying from local charities enables them to provide essential support and services to those in need.

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive said: “Last year’s event raised awareness of the social benefits from reuse initiatives in our local community and we hope to share that message again with 2019’s event. £1.49B¹ was spent in online retail sites alone during Black Friday 2018. Just a fraction of that money could make such a difference to worthy causes, if people decided to buy second-hand from reuse stores across the UK”

People making a purchase between 29 November and 01 December from a Reviive store are encouraged to post a selfie or photo on social media at or outside the outlet and include the hashtag #BuyNothingNew.

Reviive puts out call to public for piano donations

October 2019

Reviive Piano Donations

(left to right) Kate Gittins, facilities manager, The Market Hall, Shrewsbury, Julian Price, MD, Reviive and Maureen Roberts, pianist.

Following the success of its street piano in The Market Hall, Shrewsbury and requests from potential customers, recycling and resale organisation Reviive is making a renewed request to the public for donations.

Street pianos, usually located in a public space, encourage all musicians to showcase their talents while at the same time entertain passers-by. The upcycled piano in The Market Hall has been in place for over two years and a great success according to facilities manager Kate Gittins.

She said: “Played regularly our popular street piano is enjoyed by musicians, stall holders and customers alike. It has added another dimension to The Market Hall and continues to enhance our reputation as one of the most eclectic, interesting places to shop in Shrewsbury as well as being an award-winning venue. We’ve heard some super music over the past two years and long may that continue.”

Julian Price, MD at Reviive, said: “We’ve received a number of requests recently for street pianos and as result are renewing our search to fulfil that demand. As a result, the £150 collection fee normally charged will be deferred until the end of November. Street pianos are a fun and creative way for people to share music and we hope there are a few unused instruments out there that we can put to good use.”

People interested in donating a piano can contact Reviive on 01743 442642 or email

Reviive to offer pair of Shrewsbury Folk Festival day tickets in prize draw

July 2019

Reviive Prize Draw

(left to right): Alison James from Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Julian Price, Reviive.

Resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive is offering a pair of tickets to visit this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival for a day.

The organisation furnishes the backstage artists’ reception at the festival, which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August (23 – 26). People with an interest in winning need to make a purchase of any value at either of Reviive’s Oswestry or Shrewsbury stores from 9am Friday 9 to 5pm Monday 19 August, upon which they will be entered into the prize draw. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 20 August.

Julian Price, MD at Reviive, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer a pair of free day tickets to one our customers and we hope that the winner has a fantastic time at the excellent Shrewsbury Folk Festival.”

The festival’s Alison James said: “Artists’ reception is a very important place where our performers prepare for their festival shows or relax and unwind so it’s crucial that we make it as welcoming as possible.

“Thanks to Reviive, it’s a great place to chill out and we get lots of compliments every year from artists at the festival. We’re delighted to be working with Reviive again this year and hope the winner will have a great day exploring all the festival has to offer from music and dance to children and youth activities, workshops, great food and drink and a brilliant atmosphere.”

Telford College Foundation Skill students gain valuable retail work experience with support from Reviive

July 2019

Reviive Wildlife Shelters

Pictured with Foundation students are Bhopendra Janagal and Natasha Careless, Telford College and Julie Hotchkiss, Reviive.

Resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive will combine with Telford College again in September to continue a successful partnership created at the start of the recent academic term.

Reviive donated a number of its products to the Foundation course pop-up shop. Located at the heart of the college, the shop was in operation from September 2018 to the end of June this year and was run exclusively by students from the course.

Telford College’s Foundation department is aimed at young people with Special Education Needs (SEN), predominantly in the 16-19 age bracket who require an Education, Health and Care Plan. As outlined by the SEN (special educational needs) code of practice the students work on a bespoke curriculum to enable them to access one if not all of the four Pathways for Adulthood; they include: Independent (or supported) Living, Good Health, Community Participation and Employment or Further Education. As well as items from Reviive, the students also sold products made by themselves.

Commenting on the process and the support from Reviive, Natasha Careless, high needs transition and work experience coordinator at Telford College, said: “This was fantastic for the students and resulted in meaningful retail work experience within a supportive environment. They were given the responsibility of running the shop and choosing what to sell in it, which included a visit to Reviive’s store in Shrewsbury. The range of new stock will be supplemented further by Reviive when the shop opens again in September and we would like to thank Julie Hotchkiss and her team for their support throughout the process.”

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive, said: “We are pleased to have supported this project and look forward to picking it up again in September. The Foundation students were a pleasure to work with. We hope that our contribution helps them to gain an understanding of retail and the confidence to deal with the outside world.”

Boxes for bugs and birds - Recycled wood is used to create mini wildlife habitats

May 2019

Reviive Wildlife Shelters

(left to right) Kevin Diss, commercial business development manager, Reviive and Julie Burroughs, volunteer gardener, Shelter Wildlife Together project, Severn Hospice.

An award-winning wildlife project based in the gardens of a Shropshire hospice has gained the support of resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive.

Since it was established in 2016, Shelter Wildlife Together at Severn Hospice has gained three accolades: a Telford & Wrekin Council Active Lifestyle award, a BESST (Business Environmental Support Scheme for Telford) Natural Capital Enhancement award, and a five star outstanding notification in the Royal Horticultural Society’s It's Your Neighbourhood initiative. Wood donated by Reviive is being used to build bird nest and bug boxes.

Julie Burroughs, one of 25 volunteer gardeners and founder of Shelter Wildlife Together, said: “The donations are extremely useful and now with a regular supply from Reviive we can place the boxes in carefully chosen locations at each of the hospice sites in Apley and Bicton for patients and visitors to enjoy, as well as sell them in the organisation’s shops throughout the county. In addition, a number of patients, through the hospice’s arts and crafts activities, have also helped to prepare and paint the items.”

The bird nest and bug boxes will be on sale at the Severn Hospice Open Gardens Day, Apley on Sunday 02 June, from 1pm to 4pm.

Reviive's first yard sale

April 2019

Reviive yard sale

Our first ever yard sale was held at Reviive Oswestry on 7th April 2019. The weather was kind and we had a great turn out. We also had a huge variety of products on sale including doors, tools and even a kitchen sink!

The next yard sale will be on Sunday 7th July 2019. It's a great oppurtunity to pick up all kinds of items at low prices so don't miss out!

Painting furniture for beginners workshop - Reviive Shrewsbury

April 2019

Reviive funriture painting for beginners workshop

On Sunday 7th April 19 Reviive Shrewsbury held it’s first ever workshop in store. Everyone who attended enjoyed the day, acquiring new skills to upcycle and update furniture. Shareena from Shabby Nook showed and explained techniques and gave advice on how to paint furniture, breathing a new lease of life into various items.

Michelle said “I have learnt so much about preparing furniture and different approaches to painting, I now feel confident to take on a few new furniture projects”.

It was such a success that we will be arranging a follow on course `Decorative Effects’ which will be available for those who have attended the beginners course. Dates to be confirmed.

The next beginners course will be held on 7th July….still at it’s introductory price of £25! To book Please email, or call 01743 588458, alternatively pop into our store.

Reviive to offer furniture painting for beginners workshops

March 2019

Reviive funriture painting for beginners workshop

(left to right) Shereena Starmer, Shabby Nook and Julie Hotchkiss, Reviive.

Shropshire resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive has organised two entry-level workshops for people interested in gaining the painting techniques and skills used to upcycle and restore furniture.

Taking place on Sunday 07 April and Sunday 07 July at its Shrewsbury outlet, the one day (11am to 3.30pm) workshops will be run by furniture painting expert Shereena Starmer from Shabby Nook.

The course will cover the following core elements:

  • Introduction to Fusion Mineral Paint products: learn about the different qualities
  • Furniture preparation
  • Paint application techniques
  • Different finishes and how to apply
  • Care and maintenance
  • Common problems and how to overcome them
  • Guidance to complete your own project

Refreshments and a small selection of paint colours will be provided. However, if a specific finish and colour is required there will be an additional charge, with a 10 per cent discount for the product.

Attendees are advised to wear suitable attire as the paint cannot be washed out of shoes or clothing. There will be a maximum of ten paces available on each workshop.

Shereena Starmer said: “This course is the perfect introduction to an understanding of how to paint furniture and perfect for people looking to restore old or recycled piece of their furniture in a cost-effective, personalised and fun way. Attendees will be able to share ideas with each other and receive some one-to-one tuition.”

For more information or to book a place at a once-only introductory offer of £25 per person for these two workshops, contact Reviive 01743 588458. All workshops are to be paid for in full at the time of booking.

Reviive and Crest celebrate working relationship with new twelve month warranty on white goods

January 2019

Reviive and Crest celebrate working relationship Reviive and Crest celebrate working relationship Reviive and Crest celebrate working relationship

(left to right) Andy Holland, site manager, Reviive Oswestry and Rod Williams, general manager, Crest Co-operative

Shropshire resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive is celebrating a successful twelve month trading arrangement with a North Wales based co-operative which supplies white goods to its retail stores in Shrewsbury and Oswestry.

A member of the Reuse Network, Llandudno based Crest Co-operative was established in 1998 to help disabled and unemployed people increase their skills and gain employment – either within the co-operative or to move on to sustainable opportunities within the local community. Since then it has diversified and holds a number of recycling and employment contracts with organisations such as local authorities, housing associations and the probation service. It is a key supplier of pre loved and reconditioned known-brand products to wholesale buyers such as Reviive, throughout the UK. Its ability to meet an increased demand for white goods has been fulfilled by the appointment of an in-house specialist electrician, a qualified industry-specific engineer and two full-time cleaners.

Andy Holland, site manager, Reviive Oswestry, said: “The offer of a twelve month warranty from Crest on all of the fridge freezers supplied to us has dramatically affected Reviive’s monthly sales figures, which have doubled since the warranty was introduced in December 2018. Our sales are very much supply-driven and the more products we have on show, the more we sell. As a result we’re looking to diversify and expand the white goods range from Crest.”

Rod Williams, general operations manager at Crest said: “It’s been interesting to see how the offer of an extended warranty has helped to overcome the stigma of buying something that’s recycled or reconditioned, as an alternative to a brand new product. Crest has come a long way from when it started as a green waste recycling service to 200 homes in Llandudno. However, our original aims and objectives are still the same and working with like-minded and successful organisations such as Reviive will enable us to maintain our original ethos of supporting disadvantaged individuals.”

Reviive's second nomination of the year 2018!

November 2018

Telford Community Pride Awards

Reviive nominated for ‘Best Environmental Champion Award’ in the Telford Community Pride Awards

Reviive has again been recognised in a nomination for another award for its environmental impact – and has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Environmental Champion Award’ in the Telford Community Pride Awards held on 29th November at the Telford International Centre.

In addition, Derek Murphy, one of our helpers has also been nominated for the ‘Outstanding Volunteer Award’. It’s great to know that what we are doing at Reviive is being recognised.

Reviive signs up to second annual ‘Buy Nothing New Day’ to offer an alternative to ‘Black Friday’

November 2018

Buy Nothing New Day

Dan Wood, volunteer and Simon Hilton, store manager.

A national event first launched last year as an ethical shopping alternative to Black Friday, returned to Shropshire again in 2018.

Reviive promoted Buy Nothing New Day on Friday 23 November. In addition Reviive offered 20 percent discount to all customers purchasing from either of its outlets in Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

Buy Nothing Day was first started by Canadian artist Ted Dave in 1992 to raise awareness of blatant consumerism. Adopted by the Furniture Re-use Network the concept was launched for the first time last year.

Buy Nothing New Day aims to dispel the myth that second-hand, is second-best. Donating to or buying from local charities enables them to provide essential support and services to those in need.

Reviive retail manager Julie Hotchkiss said: “Last year’s event helped to raise awareness of the social benefits of reuse in our local community. This year’s tagline is ‘small act, big impact’, which if you take into account that £8Bn was spent on Black Friday in 2017, just shows how much each small act can add up to. Imagine the financial support worthy causes could benefit from if even an eighth of that figure was spent in re-use stores across the UK?”

People making a purchase on 23 November are encouraged to post a selfie or photo outside a Reviive outlet and include the hashtag #BuyNothingNew.

Reviive support the Shrewsbury Folk Festival!

August 2018

Shrewsbury folk Festival

This year Reviive supported the Shrewsbury Folk Festival with furniture for their VIP Lounge! All items were also for sale!

Derek’s volunteer job at Reviive has upcycled his life as well as the organisation’s donated furniture

July 2018

Derek Murphy - Volunteer

(left to right) Derek Murphy, volunteer and Kevin Diss, commercial business development manager at Reviive, with a piece of Derek’s upcycled furniture.

A volunteer job, which began nine months ago at Shropshire recycling and upcycling social enterprise Reviive, has enabled a Telford man to discover ‘a new outlook on life’.

58-year-old Derek Murphy, who suffers from periods of anxiety and depression, brought about by a combination of the passing of his father, long periods of unemployment and 20 years caring for his disabled mother, was introduced to Reviive by his support worker. Following a brief interview, he started two days per week upcycling furniture in October 2017, a position he believes has radically changed his circumstances.

Derek said: “Coming to work at Reviive has provided me with a new outlook on life, and an increased confidence and self- esteem I thought had deserted me. My anxiety and periods of feeling low are fewer, I’ve made some great new friends and I love what I do.”

Kevin Diss, commercial business development manager at Reviive, said: “Derek’s approach to the upcycling projects he carries out has exceeded all of our expectations. He holds a natural artistic flair and is very particular about the finish and his quality of work, which is reflected in the fact that it is soon sold when displayed in the showroom. Upcycling is definitely Derek’s niche and for Reviive to provide the opportunity to change his life through something as straightforward as a volunteering placement will we hope, encourage other people in a similar situation as Derek to consider the prospect.”

Reviive publishes latest Environmental and Social Impact report showing a £2.4m saving for Shropshire households - 2017/18

June 2018

Environmental and Social Impact

Julian Price, managing director, Reviive.

Reviive specialises in the resale of donated household furniture and electrical goods through its recycling and upcycling centres in Oswestry and Shrewsbury. As a social enterprise or community interest company (CIC) we aim to protect the environment, provide young people and the long-term unemployed with employment opportunities through apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering, support local community groups and assist previously homeless people to access furniture at affordable prices.

Last year Reviive collected 511 tonnes (30778 items) of furniture and electrical goods including 415 sofas, 450 white goods and 249 beds and mattress. 447 tonnes were reused and recycled and 491 tonnes of CO2 emissions were prevented. 286 furniture packages were put together to furnish the homes of people in need.

Recognised as an organisation that provides supportive employment for people with disabilities, we have helped 14 people into permanent employment, provided 31 volunteer work placements and six apprenticeships.

Julian Price, our managing director at Reviive said: “This year’s results are once again very encouraging. As an organisation we are always evolving and adapting to the public’s changing awareness of how important recycling has become. We have calculated that the total saving made in 2017/18 by people purchasing from Reviive as opposed to buying brand new products was approximately £2,400,000. In addition, the support we received through donations to our showrooms was and continues to be fantastic.”

Reviive - Finalist in the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards 2018

June 2018

Shropshire Chamber Business Awards

Simon Hilton, Julian Price, Julie Hotchkiss and Nige Hotchkiss

This year Reviive was proud to be selected as a finalist for the `Environmental Innovation Award’ at the Shropshire Chambers Business Awards held at the Telford International Centre. This was the first time that Reviive has been recognised in such an award and as competition was high, we were really please to reach this stage! Hopefully we will win next year!

Why Every Second Counts!

May 2018

Every Second Counts

Suzanne & Shaun Humphries have been volunteering since 2017. Both say their confidence has improved enormously.

Over 10 million items are sent to landfill every year. A third of these – up to 3 million – could be given a second chance. It’s what members of the Reuse Network do every day.

At Reviive we are part of the Reuse Network. We’re a group of over 200 charities and social enterprises brought together by a collective belief that giving household items and furniture a second chance is better for our customers, our communities, and our environment.

We’ve helped over 1.5 million people, saving them almost £500m and helping them to live better. We’ve helped to avoid 125,000 tonnes of C02 polluting the planet

It’s why we’re participating in the #Every2ndcounts campaign. We want to celebrate the work that our network of organisations does, and to inspire more people to donate their unwanted items.

The month-long campaign will help to bring awareness of the work that organisations like ours do across the UK and celebrate the incredible contribution that our network– and our donors – make.

Reviive 'Bike Doctor Day'

April 2018

Bike Doctor Day

(left to right) Bernard McMahon, Shrewsbury Cycles and Simon Hilton, Shrewsbury site coordinator, Reviive.

Together with Shrewsbury Cycles we promoted a project encouraging members of the public to health-check their bicycles and enjoy safe cycling this summer.

We held a free bike doctor day on Saturday 14 April at Shrewsbury store in Battlefield, Shrewsbury. Our site coordinator Simon Hilton was on hand throughout the day to assess bicycles, including a review of the brakes, tyres, lights, reflectors, handlebars, wheels, gears, pedals, the chain, saddle and frame. Small issues like punctures were repaired on the spot, whereas major work or overhauls were referred to project partner Shrewsbury Cycles, based on Whitchurch Road, Ditherington.

“We have started selling second hand bicycles donated to us and have a duty of care to ensure they are in a roadworthy condition when we resell them. With that in mind, we thought the event would be a good way of encouraging owners who haven’t been out on their bikes for a while, to get them checked over so they can confidently climb back onto the saddle.”

Operation Christmas Child

December 2017


Reviive supports Operation Christmas Child

As reported by the Shropshire Star, we have been helping to organise the Operation Christmas Child this year at Reviive. We would like to give a huge thank you to everybody that donated and those who volunteered to give us a helping hand. Your generosity will make someone's Christmas a very special one!

Reviive to support SDC in forthcoming production of Bedroom Farce

September 2017

Bedroom Farce

Members of the cast from Bedroom Farce

Shropshire recycling and resale organisation Reviive has stepped in to help with Shropshire Drama Company’s forthcoming production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce at Theatre Severn in November.

Reviive will provide three beds and a selection of furniture, and recently offered its Shrewsbury store as a location for a promotional photo shoot.

Directed by Jonathan Cross, his first for SDC, Bedroom Farce is a comedy set in the 1970s. The events of the play revolve around the up and downs in the lives of four related couples – parents, neighbours and ex-lovers - over the course of one autumnal night. Ernest and Delia are going out for their annual wedding anniversary meal at the usual restaurant; newly-weds Kate and Malcolm are looking forward to their house-warming party; party guest Jan is on her way, leaving husband Nick confined to bed with a bad back. Crashing into this scene of apparent domestic harmony come Trevor and Susannah, in the throes of a tempestuous marital eruption, and determined to impose their multiple miseries on their friends. As they roam between the bedrooms of the three houses they leave havoc and disarray in their wake.

Jonathan Cross said: “The action requires three contrasting bedrooms in three separate houses to be simultaneously accommodated on the stage. With the invaluable help and support of Reviive we hope to achieve a visually interesting set which will provide just the right background for SDC’s presentation of this hilarious play. Rehearsals are progressing well and it is a play in which Alan Ayckbourn’s superb script captures the various characters’ flaws and nuances and the hilarity that ensues from the confusion and chaos.”

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive, said: “We are very happy to support SDC in providing bedroom furniture and fittings from our large and varied selection and we wish the cast and company a successful production.”

Bedroom Farce runs from Wednesday 08 to Saturday 11 November at Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre. Tickets are £16 and £14 (students), available through the box office (01743 281281) and online.

Successful stall in Shrewsbury

June 2017

Shrewsbury stall

Market Stall in Shrewsbury Main Square

Yesterday we had our annual Reviive stall in the Shrewsbury Main Square. Thank you to all who visited us and bought our items, it was great to get a chance to talk about Reviive to those who have still never heard of us!

Reviive street piano - Shrewsbury Market Hall

June 2017

Reviive piano

Reviive has installed its free-to-play piano on the second floor in The Market Hall Shrewsbury.

Based on an idea originated by the worldwide Street Pianos organisation, the aim is to encourage budding musicians to showcase their talents while at the same time entertain the public. The upcycled piano, donated to Reviive in 2015, was previously located in Shrewsbury Shopping Centre and Cineworld cinema.

The official launch of the installation will take place at midday on Saturday 01 July, when shoppers will be entertained by pianist Adam Knight, singer Libby Gliksman and friends.

Successful trial period results in permanent service at Veolia's recycling facility in Hortonwood

May 2017


Following a three month trial period and in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council, Reviive has today announced the launch of a service for the public to donate unwanted household items at Veolia’s new facility in Hortonwood, Telford.

Reviive’s recycling unit is now available five days a week from Thursday to Monday, with a trained operative on hand to advise on the suitability of donations such as furniture, white goods and electrical equipment.

Reviive introduces new Loma Living household furniture range to every store

May 2017

Loma Living

Reviive has an agreement with one of the world’s leading high quality furniture wholesalers to sell its products. The indefinite arrangement will offer Reviive customers SourceByNet’s Loma Living range at each of its stores in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford, as well as online at

Established nearly twenty years ago, SourceByNet is a global end-to-end furniture sourcing company with its UK headquarters in Shrewsbury, which works with a number of renowned high street and specialist retailers. The products supplied to Reviive are from the Loma Living range including Elcombe, Lynton and Fencott.

Weekly Payments Scheme available at Reviive


Just Credit Union

With the aim of helping people in the county to purchase household furniture in affordable, weekly payments, We now have a customer outreach officer from JUST CREDIT UNION who is available to discuss loan options every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at Reviive’s showroom in Telford Town Centre. This relationship also enables customers to purchase a loan to buy any of REVIIVE's items too

This is the first partnership of its kind for Shropshire and we hope it will enable people on low incomes to spread the cost of purchasing essential items through one of its weekly-payment loans, while at the same time putting some money aside. High interest ‘shark loans’, which seem to have filled a gap in the marketplace in recent years, often incur mounting charges and for the lowest earners, this can lead to unnecessary, spiralling debt. A loan from Just Credit Union is a positive and more manageable alternative.”

Just Credit union is a membership-only, financial co-operative run on ethical lines and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, The credit union can also be contacted direct and all applicants will need to provide proof of identity and undergo an affordability check. Subject to terms and conditions* payments on a loan of say £200 will begin at £4.60 for 52 weeks.

Winners of the Art From Waste Competition


Art Competition Winners Art Competition Winners

This competition was a lot of fun and has highlighted just how creative we can be with material we would normally dispose of. It was also great to collaborate with Sara, Wren and the team at PCA. Well done to the winners.

Sara Mai said: “Lightberg is an installation piece made from old lamps and recycled material board. We thought this piece best encapsulated the theme of winter and liked the parallels that could be drawn from the bogging around of icebergs and the bobbing around of waste in the planet’s waters. What is seen on the surface is just a glimpse of what’s below.”

1st prize: Lightberg by Jancis Vaughan

2nd prize: Brother Winter by Mal Brown

3rd. Prize: Beware of the Bear by Ivan Allen

The first, second and third prize winners each received vouchers of £250, £150 and £100 vouchers to spend in any Reviive outlet.

“Brother Winter, a mask made from a mixture of plastics and found objects, encapsulates the spirit of winter both visually and in verse. We liked the simplicity of Beware of the Bear, a polar bear puzzle made with box cardboard and paint, which exemplified an easy re-use of waste resources to art-play.”

Reviive link with Maesbury Metals


Maesbury Metals

Maesbury Metals is a workshop-based day service for adults with learning disabilities located in Oswestry. Service users are encouraged to learn many skills in metal and woodwork. The woodworking element has been set up as part of a micro-enterprise, and they are being supported and encouraged to own this venture themselves in the future.

With this aim, Reviive is helping to supply items from our stores that need some TLC. Members have just received some training from our carpenter Will, and hopefully some of their work will soon be on our shop floors.

Reviive Trench, Telford relocation



Reviive Trench is relocating to Telford Town Centre.

Due to the move, the Reviive Trench Store will close at 12pm on Friday 2nd December and will Re-open at the new location on Monday 5th December. Sorry for any inconsonance this may course.

The new Location.

Reviive Art From Waste Competition



Enter our competition for your chance to win a £250 voucher!

Art From Waste Competition

Throughout October, we are going to be looking for talented individuals, groups or schools to create a winter masterpiece from recycled materials.

If you are interested please click here for further details on the competition and how to enter.

Resource Waste Management Exhibition



Reviive's Palliit furniture range exhibit at Birmingham NEC.

Reviive's Palliit Range

Reviive recently exhibited our Palliit range of furniture at Birmingham NEC at the Resource Waste Management exhibition, here it is being used at the 'Virador' Cafe....various items can be made to specific requirements, so contact us if you would like futher details.

Reviive announces new online selling agreement with Preloved



(left to right) Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager, Reviive and Tina Hidderley, B2B manager, Preloved.

Reviive and Preloved

A Shropshire based recycling and resale organisation has announced a new selling agreement with the UK's Most Trusted Online Marketplace.

Reviive, which has outlets in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford, will provide daily updates to approximately 1000 listings on with the aim of broadening the appeal of its products to a wider, but targeted audience. Potential customers showing interest by clicking on the free listing will then be taken to the Reviive online shop, where they can make the purchase. Reviive, which is the first social enterprise or CIC (Community Interest Community) to sell products through Preloved’s bulk upload facility, has agreed to sponsor the National Second Hand Day event in Liverpool on 24 April.

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive, said: "Our two organisations complement each other perfectly. We hold a set of shared values which include product reuse, recycling, landfill avoidance and saving customers money. We are very excited about the prospects of introducing Reviive to the rest of the UK through Preloved and look forward to a long-term working relationship.”

Tina Hidderley, B2B manager at Preloved, said: “Preloved is excited about working with Reviive as it labours to promote social and environmental responsibility. Mirroring our own core values of working to reduce what goes to landfill whilst bringing people together in its local community, we know that Reviive is as passionate as us about extending the life of household products through recycling and reuse. We’re proud to introduce our 6.4 million members to Reviive’s extensive inventory of beautiful and high quality second-hand products in the hope that we can play our part in fulfilling its mission as a social enterprise.”

Reviive present Harlescott Grange Primary School with cheque for £200 from recycling competition



Year six pupils Tia and Mitchell, (left to right) Angela James, PR communications officer, Veolia, Lisa Twidale, head teacher, Harlescott Grange Primary School and Julie Hotchkiss, Retail Manager, Reviive.

Reviive Piano

A Shrewsbury primary school has won a prize for collecting the most waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for recycling.

Organised by Veolia in partnership with Shropshire Council and Reviive; representatives from which recently presented a cheque for £200 to Harlescott Grange Primary School; the Shropshire-wide competition encouraged children to take broken or unwanted electrical items such as toasters and hair dryers to their school for recycling, instead of throwing them away.

Over 4,100 children from 16 schools took part and nearly 3,600 kg of unwanted electrical items were collected in total. Harlescott Grange Primary School’s contribution was 1227 kg, 3.37 per pupil.

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive said:

“This was a fun competition but with a serious message about the potential of recycling and reducing landfill that we hope young children can benefit from. Everyone at Harlescott Grange Primary School should be congratulated as their final tally of recycled products was absolutely fantastic. Even though it was the heaviest collection, the number of children at the school meant the per-head total was less than the winning entry, but a worthy and well-earned second place.”

Clement Gaubert, Veolia WEEE scheme manager said “We are delighted to have worked with Shropshire Council and Reviive on this initiative. We believe the competition has been a great success and has helped raise awareness among the young people about the benefits of recycling their electrical waste.”

Reviive issues ten top tips for public thinking of donating household items to the organisation



Making a donation to Reviive is member of the public Brian Evans (far right) with (left to right) Tom Humphreys, warehouse assistant/driver and Les Lewis, volunteer, Reviive.

Reviive Piano

A Shropshire recycling and resale organisation has issued ten top tips for the public to consider when deciding whether or not to donate unwanted household goods to one of its reuse centres.

The plan, put together by Reviive is as follows:


Is the item to be donated in good condition?


Has the item been kept out of the rain and other potentially damaging weather?


And if so, does it have some useful life left in it?


Sofas and mattresses - must be clean and have a fire label


Electrical items - must be working and have the lead and plug attached. Only flat screen TVs accepted. Video cassette recorders/players are not accepted


White goods (ie washing machines) – must be ten years old or under


Wooden furniture - doesn’t have to be in perfect condition because it can be repaired or recycled


Flat pack and/or MDF based furniture – not accepted if damaged because it is difficult to repair


Donate and then consider buying as well – there is a one-off 15 per cent discount voucher for people who have made a donation


Use the reuse centre again – donations prolong the life of household goods, help people on low incomes buy good quality furniture, reduce landfill and contribute to saving the planet!

Donations can be made in person or through Reviive’s timetabled collection service. Commenting on the advice Julian Price MD at Reviive, said:

“The world of reuse is often about opinions. That is to say everyone has an idea about what condition household items are in and whether they can be reused. It might be obvious but occasionally people are disappointed when we don’t accept items based on their condition or type, so we hope these ten tips will help with the decision process. If people are still unsure then they are of course, welcome to contact us for clarification.”

Reviive’s ten tips to reusing household items is available to view at each of its outlets in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford, on its website at and its Facebook page at

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Reviive pop-up street piano, Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury



Julie Hotchkiss (left), and Kevin Lockwood (centre).

Reviive Piano

Based on a popular idea by the Street Pianos organisation, which has instruments located all over the world and most notably in the UK at St Pancras railway station in London, Reviive has upcycled, tuned and placed a piano on the top floor in the Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury. The piano will be there for a few more weeks so take advantage, go and tinkle the ivories! Watch out for Reviive piano's popping up around Shropshire!

Reviive celebrates fifth birthday with plans for expansion in mind



MD Julian Price (centre), Mica Ryan (left), and Alex Hughes (right).

Reviive Fifth Anniversary

A Shropshire recycling and resale organisation recently celebrated its fifth birthday, five years in which it has recorded nearly 30,000 sales, opened three additional showrooms and expanded its workforce thirtyfold.

Reviive was established as a social enterprise or community interest company (CIC) in 2010 by two Shropshire based charities - Shropshire Housing Alliance and South Shropshire Furniture Scheme. Originally employing two people, who still work at Reviive, the workforce currently stands at 59 people including 11 apprentices, located across its outlets in Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Telford and Chester.

Since 2010 Reviive has secured a number of recycling sector accreditations, rubber-stamping its credentials to continue delivering the work it carries out. These include a Social Enterprise Mark, which is independent proof that the organisation has put its profits towards social or environmental initiatives as well as providing people with life chances, and a licence to operate as an authorised treatment facility for electrical waste (WEEE). Reviive is also Furniture Re-use Network, UK Approved Re-use Centre.

Commenting on some of the changes and in particular how the current period of austerity is affecting the business, Julian Price managing director at Reviive, who has been with the organisation since its inception, said: “New furniture can often be expensive and times are tough so people are more prepared to buy second hand good quality furniture because of the savings that can be made. Based on the popularity of our furniture restoration courses people are also purchasing our products to paint and personalise, known as upcycling. In addition, we can offer pieces made by our in-house professional furniture maker, at a fraction of the cost of other bespoke items.”

In addition to the effects of austerity, Price believes that people now proactively look to purchase recycled or second hand goods. “There has definitely been a cultural shift and it’s a combination of the satisfaction which buying an environmentally friendly product creates, added to the design style that re use can offer by mixing materials. Our success and organisational set up has enabled us to develop a strong apprenticeship programme and through our partnerships with local government and housing providers, we have always provided low income families with furniture.”

Co-operation is a key element to Reviive’s success and growth with its main strategic partner being The Wrekin Housing Trust. “Over the next five years we want to grow and become a regional business serving the West Midlands and the North West, so we are looking at potential new sites in those areas. Our turnover is £1.5 million and we would like to double that over the next five years. Upcycling, bicycle and electrical goods repair, and re-manufacturing furniture from waste are all in our business plan. However, to secure this development we will require additional investment and our aim is to work with social investment funders or other businesses interested in a social and financial return. Equally as important however, is the fact most of the products we sell are donated to us by the public and for that we are very grateful. The ongoing support from local people donating to and buying from Reviive leads to job creation and skills development,” added Price.

Reviive launches new initiative to create bespoke furniture from recycled wooden garden decking


A Shropshire recycling and resale centre has launched a unique initiative aimed at people looking to dispose of their used wooden garden decking.

Reviive will collect the unwanted material and then create a bespoke bench to either sell back to the person or family who supplied it or to the general public through one of its outlets in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford.

The idea came about after the organisation was commissioned to make one for a respite home in Oswestry earlier in this summer. Based on the home’s positive response and realising the potential to further utilise the skills in-house furniture design professional David Williams, MD Julian Price decided to add the product to Reviive’s portfolio.

He said: “Combining his 18 years’ experience as a carpenter and joiner with a degree in furniture design and making, David has already created some fantastic pieces for us from recycled wooden furniture. We hope that by adding a piece of this quality and sturdiness to our range we can potentially tap into the bespoke garden furniture market. Although we are flexible enough to consider creating smaller versions, the product will be a three-seater bench, finished off with brass screws, made from approximately 70 metres of wood, and either bought back as the completed item for £250 or sold for £300 through one of our showrooms.”


In-house furniture design professional David Williams.

Reviive Fifth Anniversary

Managing director thanks employees and the public for ‘tremendous’ support as Reviive publishes first social impact report


Reviive specialises in the resale of donated household furniture and electrical goods through its recycling and upcycling centres in Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Telford and Chester. As a social enterprise or community interest company (CIC) it aims to protect the environment, provide young people and the long-term unemployed with employment opportunities through apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering, support local community groups and assist previously homeless people to access furniture at affordable prices.


MD Julian Price (left) and Ryan (right).

Social Impact Report

Last year Reviive collected 968 tonnes (32600 items) of furniture and electrical goods including 2240 sofas, 6000 white goods, 1500 beds and 1400 mattresses. 507 tonnes were reused and 187 recycled, preventing 694 tonnes from going to landfill, and 440 furniture packages were put together for people in need of furnishing their homes. Reviive has also developed its own deconstruction processes.

Recognised as an organisation that provides supportive employment for people with disabilities, it has helped 22 people into permanent employment, provided 51 volunteer work placements and 16 apprenticeships.

Julian Price, managing director at Reviive said:  “This is our first ever social impact report and as we approach Reviive’s fifth birthday in October, it is a suitable benchmark from which to gauge how we perform in the future. The results are very encouraging and something that everyone who works at Reviive should be proud of. In addition, the support we continue to receive from the general public either through donations or purchasing items from our showrooms is tremendous.”

House building industry first as Reviive Chester receives showhome furniture donation from Wainhomes



(left to right) Alex Egan, managing director, Stanza Style, Sonia Ross, field sales manager, Wainhomes and Julian Price, MD, Reviive.

Reviive Stanza Style Wainhomes

A Chester recycling and resale centre has received a donation of former show home interiors from one of the biggest independent house builders in the region. 

Reviive, which is located on the Chester West Employment Park, Sovereign Way, accepted the collection of bedroom, lounge and dining room furniture, and accessories from Wainhomes (NW) Ltd through its interior design company Stanza Style.

Commenting on what is believed to be a first for the industry in the North West, field sales manager at Wainhomes (NW) Ltd Sonia Ross, said: “We are not aware of any other house builder that donates its show home furniture and fittings to organisations such as Reviive, and it is great to be the first. The gesture has also generated a positive feel-good factor among everyone at Wainhomes. Working with Alex Egan from Stanza Style, we hope to build on this initial donation and with current housing developments in Crewe, Oakmere and Nantwich either nearing completion or ready to view, there is potential for us to develop further relationships with Reviive.”   

Julian Price managing director at Reviive, said: “This donation to Reviive is a fantastic addition to the continuously growing and diverse range of products we offer. They are high quality pieces of furniture and accessories which we will be able to sell at very competitive prices. We are very grateful to Stanza Style and Wainhomes for their support and look forward to building on this in the future.”

Reviive celebrates a positive year for apprentices



Linda Johnson, SBC and Jason Stubbs, apprentice, Reviive.

Apprentices scheme Apprentices scheme

A Shropshire recycling and resale centre has recorded its most successful for apprentice appointments and is currently providing advice on the framework for a new, potentially UK-wide, domestic appliance repair apprenticeship.

Reviive, which operates across three sites in Shropshire; Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford; and one in Chester, has employed apprentices since it was established in 2010. However, in the financial year ending April 2015 it provided 14 apprenticeship opportunities, as well as 22 volunteer and nine jobcentre placements, 19 of which went on to secure full time employment.

One of Reviive’s success stories is Jason Stubbs. 23-year-old Jason is the front-of-house salesperson at the Shrewsbury showroom and recently won Achiever of the Year at Shrewsbury based SBC Training‘s annual award evening. Originally taken on as a volunteer to gain work experience and then following a brief spell at a call centre, Jason returned to Reviive where he completed a warehousing and storage apprenticeship. Having transferred to the showroom, he is now looking to start a customer service qualification.

Linda Johnson, trainer-assessor at SBC Training, responsible for Jason’s development while undertaking his apprenticeship said: “Working with Jason has given me great satisfaction. His commitment and drive was realised when he attained the full apprenticeship, which has provided him with the belief that he can progress to achieve further qualifications and hopefully inspire other apprentices at Reviive.”

In addition Reviive has registered with and placed its support behind the Shropshire Star’s Ladder for Shropshire campaign, which actively encourages young people to apply for and businesses and organisations to consider creating apprenticeship positions. Reviive will be increasing its offer soon with the introduction of a new consumer electrical and electronic products apprenticeship, which relates to the work it carries out on the repair, maintenance and reconditioning of white goods donated to the organisation such as washing machines, fridges and freezers.

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive, said: “We are very excited about being involved in the development of this brand new domestic appliance repair apprenticeship which will be the first of its kind in the UK, as well as Ladder for Shropshire, which we are sure will help to maintain the positive profile and importance of apprenticeships in fulfilling Shropshire’s skills needs, whether it be as an individual interested in becoming an apprentice or a business looking to take one on.”

Reviive: Employment support collaboration with Wheels 2 Work celebrates successful first year



(left to right) Simon Hilton, site coordinator, Reviive, Telford and Davina Allen, Wheels 2 Work development coordinator for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

Two Shropshire organisations which combine to provide the equipment, affordable loans and a support service for people aiming to secure employment, celebrate their first year working together this month.

Reviive, which specialises in the resale of donated household furniture and goods through its recycling and upcycling centres in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford, teamed up with Wheels 2 Work (W2W) in 2014. W2W helps people either seeking employment where travelling to and from the place of work is necessary, employed but at risk of losing their job due to a lack of suitable transport or are unable to afford their own. Although the range includes electric bikes, mopeds and scooters, the partnership with Reviive is based on its pedal bicycle offering.

Initiated by site coordinator Simon Hilton, Reviive Telford has sold bicycles from when it first opened in June 2013. Prior to joining Reviive Hilton spent three years in the industry, working on high end road bikes. He is also a qualified Level 2 Bikeability trainer.

Reviive currently receives suitable bicycles donated by the public or from W2W, which are then fully serviced and returned or forwarded to W2W, which will either pay a discounted price for the bicycle or for the work carried out on the one it initially presented.

Simon Hilton said: “Our aim is to provide a refurbished and fully-serviced bicycle which people can use with confidence. The relationship with W2W is a very positive one in that not only are we recycling but also helping users to enhance their long-term employability.”

“Our clients need to know that while the bicycles they have from us are not brand new, they are in excellent working order, reliable and have passed the appropriate safety tests. Simon and his team at Reviive have provided an outstanding service over the past 12 months and we look forward to continuing this working relationship indefinitely,” added Davina Allen, Wheels 2 Work development coordinator for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

More information about the Wheels 2 Work scheme is available at

Reviive: Contribution helps renew social club and leads to furniture restoration course



(left to right) Simon Hilton, site coordinator, Reviive, Telford, Cathy Addison, community outreach worker, TCAT and Graham Bould, chairman, Dawley Social Club.

A contribution of furniture made by a Shropshire recycling and resale centre has enabled a Telford social club to re-establish its role as an important multiple-activity centre in the community.

Reviive, which has outlets in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Trench in Telford donated £600 worth of chairs to Dawley Social Club following the construction of its new function room due to a partially collapsed roof. Opened again just prior to Christmas last year, the club is back to full capacity and has just recorded its most successful January ever, exceeding the income target by 150 percent. In addition, Telford College of Arts & Technology (TCAT) is planning to run a Reviive sponsored course on furniture restoration and recycling in the new room at the end of March.

Graham Bould, chairman of Dawley Social Club explains: “The building is a hub for the local area, and now that the room has been rebuilt and re upholstered we aim to utilise downtime during the day as well as using it for evening functions. TCAT is familiar with the venue as it already provides community education and pre-employment courses including hospitality and cleaning. So, with its expertise and Reviive’s support we hope that the pilot course in March will be successful enough for us to look at offering a more extensive qualification-based training programme at a later date. It is a very positive three-way partnership and one which I’m sure we can build on to continue providing services for local people.”

Reviive currently receives suitable bicycles donated by the public or from W2W, which are then fully serviced and returned or forwarded to W2W, which will either pay a discounted price for the bicycle or for the work carried out on the one it initially presented.

Simon Hilton said: “Our aim is to provide a refurbished and fully-serviced bicycle which people can use with confidence. The relationship with W2W is a very positive one in that not only are we recycling but also helping users to enhance their long-term employability.”

Reviive Chester to offer furniture upcycling and painting techniques workshops



Sandra Wright in her workshop at Reviive, Chester.

Furniture Upcycling

A Chester recycling and resale centre has organised two workshops for people interested in gaining the knowledge and skills of painting techniques to upcycle and restore furniture.

Taking place on Wednesday 28 January and Wednesday 25 February at its Chester West Employment Park, Sovereign Way showroom, the one-day (10am to 3pm) workshops will be run by local upcycling expert Sandra Wright.

Sandra holds a City & Guilds certificate in interior decorative techniques, a BTEC diploma in foundation studies in art and design from West Cheshire College and a level three Open College Network part one and two in professional decorative paint finishes from Nottingham University. As well as her qualifications Sandra has also attended a number of courses covering restoration and interior design. She currently works at Reviive three days a week working on furniture donated to the charity or specifically commissioned pieces requested by customers.

The course, which is aimed at beginners and people with some experience of paint effects will cover the following areas: the preparation of various surfaces and the use of relevant primers; the different types of paints used on furniture, for example, chalk, eggshell and emulsion; how to finish a painted piece using wax or varnish and how to create a series of boards as a reference point. Attendees will be given a small piece to work on and take home. Lunch will also be provided.

Sandra Wright said: “This course is the perfect introduction to understanding paint effects including marbling, rag rolling, stencilling, broken colour work and decorative gilding to name but a few. The popularity of upcycled furniture is not only shown by how quickly a piece is sold after going on display in the showroom, but also by the interest shown from visitors to Reviive interested to know how the various effects were achieved. I think people are looking for alternatives to buying potentially expensive new furniture and upcycling their old or a recycled piece is a cost-effective, personalised and fun way of achieving that. It will be an intensive session and to facilitate this we will be enrolling a maximum of six people only on each day, which will enable attendees to share ideas with each other and receive some one-to-one tuition.”

To book a place on the workshop, which costs £95 per person, or for more information contact Reviive Chester on 01244 297396. A video of Sandra Wright restoring a photo frame is available to view on YouTube

Discounted canvas print artwork goes on sale at Reviive in time for Christmas



Corrie Ellis, online sales and marketing co-ordinator and apprentice Ryan Hosiene, Reviive.

A Shropshire recycling and resale centre has received a surprise donation of 700 brand new pieces of printed artwork, which it plans to offer customers at a discounted price in time for Christmas.

Reviive will be selling the products, comprising either one (79cm x 58cm portrait, 50cm x 101cm landscape) or a set of three (121cm x 90cm portrait) full-colour canvases, which vary in design. They are on sale through its outlets in Chester, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford as well as online at for £10 each. Online orders will include a delivery charge.

Corrie Ellis, online sales and marketing co-ordinator at Reviive, said: “This donation to Reviive is a fantastic addition to the continuously growing and diverse range of products we offer. At only £10 and in most cases, vacuum wrapped in a protective plastic covering, the artwork canvases will make a wonderful gift to

Reviive: Shrewsbury household furniture recycling and resale centre to auction Tinie Tempah signed items for charity



Corrie Ellis, online sales and marketing co-ordinator, with the signed Tinie Tempah items

A Shropshire recycling and resale centre has organised a competition and an event for October, proceeds from which will go to help two charities – one local and one national.

Reviive Shrewsbury, which collects a variety of re-usable items from white and electrical goods, to beds, cupboards, dining room chairs and tables for free, with the aim of reselling them through its showroom, will be holding a 24-hour online auction to win a Reviive bag and upcycled wooden star candle holder signed by recent Shrewsbury Fields Forever festival headline pop act, Tinie Tempah.

Entrants need to go to Reviive’s eBay site, a link for which can be found at its Facebook page at, where the details may be viewed. The auction starts at midday on Friday 10 October, which is also World Homeless Day and the winner announced at midday on Saturday 11 October. The money raised will be donated to Shropshire Housing Alliance. Originally started on 10 October 2010, World Homeless Day is now observed in over 100 countries worldwide. Its purpose is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an international day provides.

As well as running a charity auction Reviive will also be holding a Cupcake Coffee Morning on the morning of Friday 24 October at its showroom on Knight’s Way, Battlefield Enterprise Park. The proceeds from this will go to Breast Cancer UK.

Corrie Ellis, online sales and marketing co-ordinator at Reviive, said: “We were very lucky to secure Tinie Tempah’s signature on a couple of items, which we hope will appeal to our younger customers who make up a significant percentage of our 600 Facebook followers. Reviive runs regular competitions online and we hope that this and events such as the coffee morning will not only bring people into our three showrooms; in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford; to see what we have on offer, but also raise a lot of money for good causes.”

Chester household furniture recycling and resale centre celebrates first birthday



1 Caroline Liversage, site coordinator outside Reviive Chester

A Chester recycling and resale centre recently celebrated its first birthday, a year in which it has prevented 30 tons of household goods and furniture being sent to landfill.

Employing nine people, Reviive collects a variety of re-usable items from white and electrical goods, to beds, cupboards, dining room chairs and tables for free, with the aim of reselling them through its showroom located at Sovereign Way on the Chester West Employment Park.

Commenting on the first year of trading, Caroline Liversage, site co-ordinator at Reviive Chester, said: “We had a relatively slow start but now the name is growing in recognition, the frequency of donated items is increasing; some 4000 in the past twelve months, 3000 of which we have resold. Donations are thoroughly inspected and where possible repaired, and we have an in-house furniture restoration specialist whose skills can transform a distressed antique or vintage item into an attractive, unique piece of furniture, while retaining its historical features. The more donations we receive, the more we can offer potential customers, who vary from people purchasing for their own homes, supporting their children as first-time buyers or as landlords furnishing a property.”

As well as providing cost-effective products, with added incentives of regular competitions through social media such as its Facebook page at, Reviive fulfils a number of other objectives as part of its function as a social enterprise or community interest company (CIC). Aside from donating profits to charity, it supports Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWCC) HELP (Help in Emergencies for Local People) scheme, which provides furniture and household items to individuals and families in exceptional need and is a member of the Cheshire Re-Use Furniture Forum. Reviive also offers work-based training to potential apprentices and long-term unemployed people and takes its social responsibility and care for the environment very seriously.

“We will be appointing three new apprentices very soon, who will be trained to NVQ level two in warehousing and or retail at West Cheshire College. Through our bulky waste contract with CWCC, which operates five days a week, collecting and recycling material from as far away as Ellesmere Port, items beyond repair are stripped for their valuable wood, metal and recyclable content, thus helping to reduce the amount sent to landfill,” added Liversage.