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  • We are one of the leading suppliers of contract standard furniture in the country, working with housing associations and local authorities across the UK for over 25 years. We provide a full one-stop service for furniture, appliances, flooring and window coverings. We have the experience and expertise to meet all our clients’ needs, providing the highest quality products at the right price and always with the very best customer service.

    At Furniture Resource Centre, we understand the needs of the housing sector and we are the top ranked furniture supplier on the Procurement for Housing framework, leading the way in furnishing homes throughout the UK. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer care and our fully trained drivers and installation teams always provide a professional and friendly service. We care about our customers and we also care about the way we do business.

  • Address: Dempster Building
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    L3 4BE
    United Kingdom
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    Buckingham Interiors

    Buckingham Interiors provides new contract furniture with a full interior design service to sheltered housing schemes across the country.
    We have over 20 years of experience in delivering stylish, lasting, and comfortable furniture and we understand the unique needs of operators and managers of sheltered accommodation. As well as delivering furniture and interiors of the highest quality at the best price, we also offer choice and flexibility around design and planning, whatever the project size, scope or budget.
    Our dedicated team offer consultation, design, and project management, before building or refurbishment work begins, as well as furniture, furnishings and a full aftercare service, or we can supply all the necessary furniture and accessories to complete your designs.

    We are the top ranked supplier on the Procurement for Housing's Furniture Framework, with our prices, products and service fully assessed as part of an OJEU compliant tender process, ranking us as the best in the country. Visit http://www.procurementforhousing.co.uk/frameworks/furniture-resource-cen... for more information. Our current clients include Merlin Housing Society, Places for People, and B3 Living. We are an ISO9001 (2008) certified organisation with a quality management system covering all areas of our business.

    Website: www.buckinghaminteriors.co.uk      Phone number: 0151 702 0570

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  • Products/services:

    Buckingham Interiors

    Buckingham Interiors provides new contract furniture with a full interior design service to sheltered housing schemes across the country.
    We have over 20 years of experience in delivering stylish, lasting, and comfortable furniture and we understand the unique needs of operators and managers of sheltered accommodation. As well as delivering furniture and interiors of the highest quality at the best price, we also offer choice and flexibility around design and planning, whatever the project size, scope or budget.
    Our dedicated team offer consultation, design, and project management, before building or refurbishment work begins, as well as furniture, furnishings and a full aftercare service, or we can supply all the necessary furniture and accessories to complete your designs.

    We are the top ranked supplier on the Procurement for Housing's Furniture Framework, with our prices, products and service fully assessed as part of an OJEU compliant tender process, ranking us as the best in the country. Visit http://www.procurementforhousing.co.uk/frameworks/furniture-resource-cen... for more information. Our current clients include Merlin Housing Society, Places for People, and B3 Living. We are an ISO9001 (2008) certified organisation with a quality management system covering all areas of our business.

    Website: www.buckinghaminteriors.co.uk      Phone number: 0151 702 0570

  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.

     


    1) Providing good quality, affordable furniture to those in need

    FRC Group's vision is of a society where people can obtain good quality, affordable furniture without experiencing the devastating impacts of Furniture Poverty - no bed to sleep on or unmanageable debts.

    We campaign to raise awareness of Furniture Poverty and create practical solutions to get furniture to people who need it. Our work also helps create sustainable employment and better futures for people.

    Within the Group:

    • Furniture Resource Centre provides furniture to social housing providers to create high quality furnished homes for people
    • Bulky Bob's collects reuses and recycles unwanted bulky waste - furniture and appliances - to get reusable items to people who need them
    • Bulky Bob's Furniture World - 'pre-loved' furniture is donated to people in urgent need and is sold at very affordable prices to people who have a little money to spend

    Through all our activities we create opportunities for people from long-term unemployment to receive training and gain skills and qualifications that will help them move into sustainable work.

    100% of surpluses are used to create social value.

     


    2) Measures of activities

    Social housing tenants receive furnished accommodation - over 9,000 deliveries were made by Furniture Resource Centre between April 2014 and March 2015.

    Low-income families can buy affordable 'pre-loved' furniture - over 3,000 people bought ‘pre-loved’ furniture.

    Households in crisis need receive packages of furniture delivered to their home – 844 households in crisis need received donated furniture packages and had them delivered at no charge.

    Long-term unemployed people are trained for a future career in the logistics industry – in 2014/15, 25 people took part in our 12-month salaried training programme Driving Change.

    Economically inactive people can take part in volunteer placements to develop personal or work related skills – 157 people volunteered with us through our Launch Pad programme.

     


    3) Social outcomes of activities

    Our work contributed towards creating a home for more than 12,000 households who received furniture either supplied by Furniture Resource Centre or Bulky Bob’s.

    75% of the previously unemployed people who completed Driving Change went into work at the end of the programme.

    91% of Launch Pad participants were achieving the personal goals they set for themselves. For 77% of Launch Pad participants, their goals were related to finding employment in the future. For 23% their goals were about developing their personal and social skills.

     


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