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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

 
Veolia

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 www.reviive.co.uk.

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

30-Mar-2017

 
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

1-Feb-2017

 
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

1-Feb-2017

 
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

29-Nov-2016

 

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

05-Oct-2016

 

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

05-Oct-2016

 

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

25-Apr-2016

 

(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 www.preloved.co.uk 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

05-Feb-2016

 

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

05-Feb-2016

 

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:

1.

Is the item to be donated in good condition?

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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

5.

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

6.

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

7.

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

8.

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

9.

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

10.

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 www.reviive.co.uk and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com

Reviive's first ever In-Store January Sale

13-Jan-2016

 

20% DISCOUNT OFF ALL MARKED PRICES

Reviive Piano

Starts 14th Jan 16
20% Discount off all Marked Prices,
All stores - All items included!
(Not in conjunction with any other discount)

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

23-Dec-2015

 

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

10-Nov-2015

 

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

04-Aug-2015

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

21-Jul-2015

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

04-Jul-2015

 

(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

01-Jun-2015

 

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

18-Mar-2015

 

(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 www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/transport.

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

20-Feb-2015

 

(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

06-Jan-2015

 

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

28-Nov-2014

 

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 www.reviive.co.uk 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

01-Oct-2014

 

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 www.facebook.com/reviive, 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

22-Sep-2014

 

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 www.facebook.com/reviive, 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.