Office furniture retailer reveals expansion plans

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A Scotland-based company that has developed a circular economy approach to sourcing office furniture is stepping up expansion plans, following a surge in demand.

2ndhnd, based in Dundonald, specializes in the purchase, refurbishment and resale of office furniture.

Turnover has grown from around £ 2.5million in 2019 to £ 4.5million this year, with the company aiming to double that figure to £ 10million over the next three years .

The pandemic, combined with a growing awareness of the need for sustainability, has resulted in an increase in custom over the past 18 months.

Companies have also responded to the need to change the way people work, moving towards a blended approach to working from home and the office, with many looking for environmentally friendly options for disposal and purchase of waste. new products.

2ndhnd sees this as a growing trend over the coming years and has growth expectations, with plans to increase its employee base in Ayrshire.

Co-owned and managed by Ross Dutton, the company currently has two warehouses in Scotland and one in London – and is currently finalizing the investment for a new 100,000 square foot facility in Ayrshire, which will provide expansion capacity and will also improve the efficiency of operations.

Dutton said: “We are increasingly asked to strip desks of their existing office furniture, which will eventually be refurbished and resold through our platforms, but also to help with the reconfiguration of existing spaces as more flexible spaces are introduced such as relaxation areas, sofas and retrofit modules.

“This has been great news for us despite some hyperbole proclaiming the death of the office.

“The office space needs to support hybrid work, providing a space to connect, collaborate and learn, as well as to work, in a way that is truly environmentally sustainable and more and more companies are asking us. our help in meeting their needs and employee expectations.

He added: “We want to expand our capabilities in Scotland to meet this demand, hence the current investment in the new warehouse and production facilities. “

Recent plans include a redevelopment of the Sandbox workspace in the shadow of The Shard in London, as well as ties to Barclays at its new campus in Tradeston.

2ndhnd employs approximately 35 people and has sold over 35,000 refurbished and remanufactured items in the past year.

Dutton continued, “The workplace transformations that are being undertaken present the ideal opportunity to embrace the circular economy where resources are used for as long as possible, maximum value is extracted in use, and then products and materials are recovered. and regenerated at the end of the viable life cycle of each product.

“We estimate that our sales over the past year have saved emissions equivalent to 2,400 flights between London and Sydney. Buying a single refurbished chair has the same effect as taking a 300 mile standard family car ride off our roads. ”

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