Furniture supply specialist WORKPLACE, the Office Group, has acquired assets from used furniture company 2NDHND Ltd.
The move brings furniture remanufacturing in-house for the first time to the Edinburgh-based Office Group, which helps companies from start-ups to blue chips redevelop and redesign office spaces by buying and removing furniture , fixtures and fittings (FF&E) in a sustainable way.
Bureau said it plans to create a “large-scale circular market”.
The acquisition secures five jobs at Dundonald-based 2NDHND Ltd, which entered administration on October 17, with 13 redundancies at the time, and with new appointments including apprenticeships.
The new roles will include design-focused positions as part of plans to raise the standard and expectations of refurbished FF&E.
The refurbishment facility will see large corporate, SME and public sector furniture fully refurbished to Category 1 condition – near new – and ready to be resold commercially or redistributed to charities, schools and other nonprofits, avoiding the need for furniture to go to landfill.
Co-founders Andy and Jennifer Russell say the acquisition is a “pivotal moment in supporting the large-scale decarbonization of the commercial furniture industry”.
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Mr. Russell, Managing Director of Bureau Group, said: “Our goal is to help businesses be as sustainable as possible, by embedding circularity into every business decision.
“This acquisition means we can create a real opportunity for businesses to make a different decision about how they buy furniture that is more cost effective and also helps save the planet.”
Ms Russell, Co-Founder and Group Chief Operating Officer at Bureau Group, said: “We see huge value in this market and are delighted to be saving the cutting-edge skills and experience here in Scotland and adding them to our offer as part of our plans to build a stable market.”
Shona Campbell, Partner at Administrator Henderson Loggie LLP, said: “Bureau Group has presented an ambitious, exciting and above all sustainable plan for the future of the business, and Henderson Loggie LLP is delighted that the continued employment of five people has been insured.
“We wish Bureau Group and its employees good luck in the business.”
Bureau Group, which also has branches in Glasgow, London and the US tech hub of Seattle, is on track to turn over £10million in revenue next year, completing projects for companies based in the UK worldwide, from Shenzhen and Miami to Singapore and Barcelona.
Office clients include flight comparison site Skyscanner and asset manager abrdn, for which its headquarters renovation has resulted in huge carbon savings, 6,000 computers erased and recycled and unwanted furniture donated to charities.
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