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Date & Timings

Tuesday 9th May - Tuesday Twister: An informal and relaxed evening of food, drink and catching up with your fellow delegates before the conference begins the following day.   

Wednesday 10th May - Day 1 of the conference and Gala Dinner. Everyone, including FRN members and non-members, with an interest in re-use, are invited to attend both day 1 of the conference and the Gala Dinner in the evening. 

Thursday 11th May - Day 2 of the conference. This day is open to FRN members only. 

Start: Tuesday Twister - 7pm onwards. Arrive when you can. 

Conference Day 1: Registration - 8.30am - 5pm finish.

Gala Dinner: Drinks reception - 7pm. Sit down for dinner - 7:30pm. 

Conference Day 2: 9am start - 3:30pm finish.

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Venue

Chesford Grange Hotel. Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD. 

The Furniture Re-use Network Annual Conference will this year take place in one of Warwickshire's most state of the art conference venues at Chesford Grange Hotel. Nestled in amongst orchards on their 17 acres of beautiful rolling grounds, this country hotel is the perfect place to combine our conference with an opportunity to unwind allowing you to get the absolute most out of yourself and the conference. We expect you to return to your organisations, not only filled with plenty of new ideas, but also ready and raring to implement them. A health club, spa and elegant restaurant are the icing on this already very decorative cake.  

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Delegate Rates

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Booking your Conference

To book your delegate passes, please download and fill out the form. Return the form to Lauren either by post or email: FRN, 48 West Street, St. Philips, Bristol, BS2 0BL; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Details of how to pay are on the form. If you would like to discuss payment please contact Rachel on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

NB: FRN Members please note that attendance at membership rates to the 2017 conference is possible for paid up members only, therefore all membership fees must be paid in full by Friday 1st April 2017. Any organisations who have not renewed their membership by the due date will be asked to pay the full non-member rate and can only attend day 1 of the confernece (Wednesday 10th May). 

NB: Booking a place at the FRN Annual Conference also means you agree to photographs being taken of you during the event. We will use these photographs for promotions of future FRN events only.    

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Bursary Places

Applications for bursary places are now closed.

We are offering 4 bursary places to those smaller FRN members with an annual turnover of £200,000 or less.

The bursaries will cover the following: 

  • 1 delegate pass for Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May
  • Attendance to Wednesday evening drinks reception and Gala Dinner 
  • All food and refreshments throughout the conference 
  • Accommodation for Wednesday 10th with breakfast the following day

If you are interested in attending the FRN Conference and would like to apply for a bursary place, you will need to fill out the form that you can download below along with the Terms and Conditions for Bursary Places. Please check that you are eligible to apply using this checklist:

  • Your organisation must have an annual turnover of £200,000 or less
  • You are a member of the Furniture Re-use Network
  • Only one person per organisation can apply 

Please send your application form into Lauren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Friday 24th February 2017. We will notify you as to whether you are successful or not by Friday 24th March 2017.   

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Conference Programme 

In previous years we have welcomed speakers from LARAC, RSA, CIWM, IKEA, Directory of Social Change and more. Our programme for 2017 will be based on the most recent developments within the re-use sector. It promises to be filled with speakers ready to share their work and knowledge with you to ensure that you leave the conference with new ideas and a better understanding of the support available to you.

Amongst the speakers, a selection of FRN members will be invited to share their experiences as successful re-use organisations. These presentations are a particularly popular element of the programme. Focusing on their experiences, the members will discuss how they achieved their goals and triumphed in areas that have proven particularly sticky for many others. Expect honesty, humour and a whole lot of learning… 

Our programme will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed, so please do check back from time to time or alternatively, contact Jack Hayes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to be added to the conference mailing list. You can sign-up directly to our FRN Conference Mailing List. 

Adapting Through Change 

Wednesday 10 May  - Day 1 - Open to all 

08:30 - 09:30   Registration  Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
09:15 - 09:30   Welcome by Chair of the Board
09:30 - 10:50  

The Future of Reuse from a UK Perspective

 

Speakers will include government and industry representatives from Wales, Scotland and the UK.

Confirmed speakers: Colin Church, CIWM

10:50 - 11:20   Break Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
11:20 - 12:50   The Future of Reuse from an EU Perspective

Speakers will include experts and researchers in the impact of Brexit


Confirmed speakers: Dominic Hogg, Eunomia; Michal Len, RREUSE

12:50 - 14:00   Lunch Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
14:00 - 15:30   Converstations Roundatable discussions on a wide range of topics affecting the reuse sector
15:30 - 16:00   Break Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
16:00 - 17:00   Communicating Impact

Hear about experts by experience in how to communicate impact and engage with local communities

Confirmed speakers: Shaun England, toogoodtowaste;

 

Thursday 11 May  - Day 2 - Open to FRN members and FRN supporters only 

08:30 - 09:15   Registration Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
09:15 - 09:30   Welcome to Day 2
09:30 - 10:50   Best practice in Retail and Supply

Speakers will include representatives of national associations, FRN members and supporters

Confirmed speakers: Claire Astubry, National Housing Federation; Robin Osterly, Charity Retail Association; Tony Hilton, Charity Fleetcare

10:50 - 11:20   Break Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
11:20 - 12:50   Why reuse matters in the private sector

Speakers will include representatives from major retailers

Confirmed speakers: Ben Thomas, John Lewis; Alan Wheeler, Textile Recycling Association; Andy Currie, DHL Envirosolutions

12:50 - 13:50  

Lunch Opportunity to network and visit exhibitor stands
13:50 - 15:20   Converstations Roundatable discussions on a wide range of topics affecting the reuse sector
15:20 - 15:35   Close of conference

 

The Themes of the Conference... 

As the purse strings draw tighter, as services are cut and the demand on our sector becomes more, as the instability of Brexit continues - we must look beyond the four walls of normality, think innovatively, work together and form partnerships externally to make our way in this brand new world. Let’s cross country and sectors to come together to share our knowledge and experience and work forward. 

What to expect...

  • Opportunities to network and mingle with re-use practitioners and experts
  • Learn and develop together through topical conversations held at the FRN Converstations (the Conversation Stations)
  • Hear from the re-use practitioners as they explore their past experiences and discover how they succeeded and what they would do differently next time
  • Develop your understanding of various topics surrounding the waste and re-use sector
  • Widen your horizons through learning what is possible and achievable
  • Meet the exhibitors who can advise you on their services – specific to charities and the re-use sector   

 

 

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Who Benefits From Attending

Anyone who is serious about REUSE, ALLEVIATING POVERTY through reuse and REDUCING waste.

No matter who you are,

  • if you are interested in reuse and the circular economy,
  • want to see the circular economy in motion,
  • keen to learn about how to use reuse to tackle poverty in your local community,
  • are looking to meet the reuse practitioners and connect with experts in the reuse sector,
  • want to explore possible collaborations with re-use organisations

...this is the day for you. 

The FRN Annual Conference is THE conference for the re-use sector professional who wants to develop strategies using re-use initiatives, wants to learn more from the re-use sector experts and those experienced in working on reuse. 

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Tuesday Twister - 9th May 2017

Last year was our first time of inviting you to spend the evening before with us. It was a huge success with almost all delegates popping in. The Tuesday Twister is your chance to relax into the next few days with your fellow conference delegates over a delicious meal and a few drinks. We know that many of you will be travelling from all over the UK on Tuesday evening and our informal evening with dinner and bed and breakfast will be just the thing to get you prepared for your conference.

This year, we have the choice of mingling among the trees and hanging out on the decking by the restaurant or enjoying the privacy of a room dedicated to our evening meal and souree. 

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Gala Dinner Wednesday - 10th May 2017

The FRN Gala Dinner is legendary to all delegates who have attended it in the past and is always the talking point in the weeks and months after. We are delighted to invite all delegates to join us for a drinks reception followed by a delicious 3-course meal. The FRN team transform the conference hall to suit the occasion with backing music, low lit colourful lighting and beautiful table decorations. The wine and conversation flows freely - especially as Lesley, our table planner, makes sure everyone is sat next to someone they would love to meet and chat to. The evening is topped off with an awards ceremony celebrating those who excel in our sector and after dinner entertainment and drinks at the bar after. We ask that you honour the occasion by dressing up in your very best.

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Awards

Each year we hold a small number of awards to celebrate the giant achievements that the reuse sector makes. Last year our winners were: 

  • Community Furniture Store (York) - Re-use Organisation of the Year Award. Having triumphed against the dramatic Boxing Day flooding which continued over the winter months into 2016, they were able to help hundreds of people who lost everything and were made homeless by the disaster.   
  • Shaun England, toogoodtowaste - Individual Achiever of the Year Award. Shaun is always really keen to ensure any project that the FRN works with him on is a success and is keen to get stuck in. 
  • Doncaster Refurnish - Upcycled Award. After a really difficult decision, Charis Williams, Salvage Sister and upcyling extraordinare, awarded this to Doncaster Refurnish.  

The much anticipated FRN Awards are back again and this year we’ve changed things up a bit. As well as two new categories, for the first time ever, the Re-use organisation of the Year award will be voted on by the public, which means this is a fantastic opportunity to engage your local community. From the customers who buy from you, to your own staff and volunteers, you can promote the wonderful work you do by getting them to support your nomination. We are also looking to recognise the crucial work that volunteers contribute, with the Volunteer of the Year award and the Innovative project of the Year will reward ingenuity and originality in the sector.

Applications for awards are available to FRN members only. To enter the awards, download an application form here. For more information about the Awards and how to apply, please contact Jack Hayes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0117 954 3572

 

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(Left to right: The awards! Ruth Batty & Graham Mitchell Community Furniture Store; Shaun England toogoodtowaste; Andy Simpson, Refurnish & Charis Williams)   

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Sponsorship

The Furniture Re-use Network Annual Conference is the only conference dedicated to not-for-profit re-use organisations. Make sure your organisation is at the forefront of the delegates minds, ensure that you are noticed through sponsorship of the FRN Annual Conference 2017. We have a fantastic menu of sponsorship opportunities of all shapes and sizes ranging from the more fun options to the more traditional. We will ensure that our delegates hear from you and all about you. For more information contact Claire Charras on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 0117 954 3574. 

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Our sponsors

Main Conference Sponsor: John Lewis

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Bursary Sponsor: John Lewis

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Gala Dinner Sponsor: DHL Envirosolutions

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Awards Sponsor: WRS Insurance 

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Drinks Reception: DixonsCarphone

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More opportunities are available, please don't hesitate to browse through our sponsorship back to view what else is on offer.

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Exhibiting at the Conference

The delegates of the Furniture Re-use Network are forward thinking folk who ensure that they work with the right companies and organisations to achieve their goal - to support members of their local communities. Their task is a large one and they are very busy people which is why we want to bring the suppliers and services to them. A large number of the delegates attending the conference are not-for-profit organisations as well as local authorities, housing associations and more, all hoping to learn about enhancing their re-use activities for the benenfit of their local communities. They do this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods  and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, we support re-use charities in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded from education, training and employment. These organisations have charity shops, workshops, offices and they require all the services that support this.  

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What services do they use? 

Like any organisation, our members use:

  • Financial Services
  • Banking Services
  • IT Services (equipment, software, support)
  • HR Services
  • Staff training services (Health & Safety, First Aid)
  • Insurance Services
  • Office and stationary services

But also services which are specialised to the sector such as:

  • Fuel cards
  • Fleet services
  • ePos Systems
  • Voluntary Sector Associations
  • Trade Media or Press Subscriptions
  • Household Goods Suppliers (furniture, electrical appliances)
  • Paint  

Being an Exhibitor

If you would like to find out more about being an exhibitor at the FRN you can download the Exhibitors Pack above. Please do get in touch with Claire Charras if you have any further questions or requirements. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Call: 0117 954 3574. 

Confirmed Exhibitors 2017:

DADD

Domestic Appliance Distributors
The UK's largest distributor of domestic appliances.

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Kudos Software

Kudos is the industry leading provider of software solutions to Furniture Reuse Organisations. Combining furniture and electrical sales with Retail Gift Aid, van round management and repairs and warranties in a software package thats well known to be easy for volunteers to use. Talk to us at the Conference if you want to rid your organisation of paper trails or grow your sales, gift aid or reuse credit income.

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PK Safety

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Clothing. Stay Safe.Look Good. 

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Seetec

Seetec is one of the UK's largest and most experienced providers of Government funded employment and skills training programmes. We help individuals find employment or gain qualifications and support employers with recruitment, training and IT solutions. Delivering a wide range of Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus employment programmes, we work closely with employers and partner organisations to empower individuals to move off benefits and into sustainable employment. As a leading provider of Skills Funding Agency and Apprenticeship training programmes, Seetec also delivers a wide range of vocational qualifications and IT training provision to boost the skills of businesses and individuals. With well-established roots in IT consultancy services, Seetec also implements bespoke, cutting edge systems for businesses.

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Whirlpool

Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd are proud to be partnering FRN members enabling expedient fulfilment to your customers. We are unique in the domestic appliance sector in that we manufacture, deliver, and install our appliances in customers homes, providing a full end to end solution. No other provider in the market offers this. By combining great value appliances with excellent logistics and customer service, we ensure your funds stretch further.

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FRN Annual Conference 2016 - Reuse For a Better Future

"I found it very inspirational and fun and what really stood out was passion the members have - so much passion for their our charities and others. Well done!" Katie ONeill, IKEA
"I am very surprised and delighted at the co-operation, openness and friendliness of everyone who attended." Joan Martin, Noah Enterprise
"I am leaving inspired and excited about our sector." Paula Gamester, The Sewing Rooms

These are just some of the many compliments we have received and we're really happy to know that so many of you were inspired and left with dozens of new contacts and ideas to put into play in your organisations. 

It was a fantastic few days. The room was buzzing from the moment you walked in. We, the FRN Team, learnt so much from the speakers, yourselves - the FRN Conference delegates. And we are so proud to have such driven, motivated and caring individuals and organisations as our members. 

Awards - And the Winners are...

A huge congratulations to the winners of this years FRN Awards! 

  • Community Furniture Store (York) won the Re-use Organisation of the Year Award
  • Shaun England, toogoodtowaste won the Individual Achiever of the Year Award
  • And Doncaster Refurnish won the Upcycled Award.   

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(Left to right: The awards! Ruth Batty & Graham Mitchell Community Furniture Store; Shaun England toogoodtowaste; Andy Simpson, Refurnish & Charis Williams) 

We had some fantastic entries for the Upcycled Awards. Thank you to EVERYONE who got involved. Charis Williams, Salvage Sister, had a very hard time choosing the final winner. 

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(Left to right: Refurnish Devon; Castle Furniture; All entries; The winning piece from Doncaster Refurnish)

 

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If you have any questions what so ever, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Lauren on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0117 954 3578.

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