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Martin Brassington

Martin Brassington-CROPPED

(Pic: FRN visits Essential Needs. Lesley Wilcox, Martin Brassington & Helen Middleton) 

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Martin Brassington. Martin had been the manager of Essential Needs in Harrogate for over 20 years, but sadly was struck down by cancer and had been unable to work at all this year. He was committed to Essential Needs and was well respected by everyone he came into contact with and worked tirelessly to help those who sought help from the charity. Over the years that amounts to thousands of individuals and families who were on hard times, but were treated with fairness dignity and respect.

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Competition Time for FRN Members

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(Pic 1: 2016 FRN Member Certificates; Pic 2: Last year's winner - WasteSavers!)

It. Is. Competition. Time! 

For the second year we are running a mighty fine competition and we want you to enter! 

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We're Recruiting

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As a national charity working on behalf of the furniture re-use sector, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance Officer to join our small team based in Bristol. Ideally part qualified (ACA/FCA, ACCA/FCCA, CIMA or CIPFA) and with some real world experience, you will work closely with all members of the team keeping an official track of organisational spending and incoming payments from the membership network.

As Finance Officer, key responsibilities will include:

  • Balancing accounts
  • Processing sales invoices, receipts and payments in a timely manner
  • Reconciling bank statements and managing unreconciled items
  • Preparing cash flow statements
  • Credit control across the charity & trading company
  • Issuing cheques and BACS for all accounts
  • Ensuring the accounting system is maintained and accurate
  • Running Sage Accounting System and producing relevant reports.

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Competition Time!


The FRN Annual Member Certificate Competition… How to enterWaste Saver winnin entry last year

This year we want you to take a photograph of your whole team. Your photo must feature your FRN member’s certificate. Let your photograph represent the work that you do, or treat it as an opportunity to celebrate your team of fantastic individuals. Your photo can be serious or silly, it can be insightful or quirky, realistic or metaphorical. Let your imagination run wild and your camera do the clicking. Don’t worry if the photo isn’t perfect, it’s the content that matters.

Send your photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 29th July.

The judges will be the FRN Team. 

The Prize:

Free entry for one delegate to the 2017 FRN Conference. Worth £235 +VAT! 

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