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FRN Annual Conference 2018 – Super Early Bird Tickets now on sale
The Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the FRN Annual Conference 2018! It will once again take place in the beautiful Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth on 2-3 May 2018.

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The Furniture Re-use Network and DixonsCarphone welcome public interest in WEEE take-back schemes highlighted in WRAP report

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The Furniture Re-use Network and DixonsCarphone welcome public interest in WEEE take-back schemes highlighted in WRAP report.

Following the WRAP report entitled Switched on to Value: Powering Business Change, published on 18 July, the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) and DixonsCarphone have issued a joint statement responding to WRAP's report finding that '83% of households are interested in retailer take-back schemes' and highlighting the success of their current take-back scheme for WEEE goods including fridges, cookers and washing machines in place across the UK.

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) have been working in partnership with DixonsCarphone since 2013 and has established a successful WEEE take-back framework that includes pick-up and drop-off services between reuse charities and DixonsCarphone stores. The innovative scheme serves a common goal of both retailer and reuse charity to support local communities and an increasing demand for affordable, quality electrical appliances while helping reduce waste and harm to the environment.

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FRN CEO, Craig Anderson shares his thoughts following this year's annual conference

FRNConfMay2017SocialMedia-13317The coming together of delegates and speakers served as a shining example of how keen all those involved in the sector are to debate ideas, voice concerns, share best practice and collaborate on finding creative solutions to problems.

Craig Anderson, CEO FRN says: 

"During the course of the two-day conference, a plethora of subjects was discussed, including what Brexit could mean for the sector, the socio-economic impacts of reuse and why reuse matters to the private and commercial sectors. With all the political and economic shenanigans taking place in the UK and across the globe, it was a welcome relief to be amongst others that can and do make a real difference.

The whole conference was inspiring and demonstrated the impact the reuse sector makes around the UK. Thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and all who attended. All presenters and delegates make a difference to our society, and it’s humbling to run an event for people whose work improves the society and the environment in which we live.

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The Furniture Re-use Network awards its shining stars – across the re-use sector

Craig Anderson, CEO of FRN presented this year's awards for Re-use Organisation of the Year, Innovative Project of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2017 FRN Conference Gala Dinner on Wednesday 10 May.

Finalists from all three categories demonstrated outstanding achievement in helping change people's lives for the better and highlighting the environmental benefits of re-use in their communities.

The strength of entries this year was impressive – proving that ingenuity, creativity, dedication and passion is alive and thriving across the UK re-use sector.

The Volunteer of the Year and Innovative Project of the Year winners were chosen by a panel comprised of FRN board members and staff. In addition, for the first time in our awards history, FRN asked the general public to choose their Re-use Organisation of the Year winner.

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