Despite the turbulent economic climate business is booming for at least one Winsford firm.
Furniture Finders of Winsford (FFOW), based on Road Two, has recorded a 30% rise in sales from last year and took £1,000 in one day earlier this month – breaking all previous records.
The non-profit company was launched seven years ago, but a suspected arson attack in 2004 decimated its former base at Over Rec. It was originally founded by three friends to collect unwanted, good quality furniture and electrical items for resale across Mid Cheshire.
Items including sofas, beds and wardrobes are sold for a nominal cost, enabling low-income families to purchase items they might struggle to afford.
Director Gary Cliffe, who re-launched the company in 2006, said: “Rather than see good quality household items go to landfill we are able to restore them and sell them at very affordable prices.”
Relying on good quality donations of household items and volunteers, the company has provided furniture to 4,000 families across the borough in the last 18 months.
Over the same period Furniture Finders has collected 275 tonnes of furniture and saved 253 tonnes from going to landfill sites.
Gary added: “We’re delighted to be supporting so many families.”