Our story

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Affordable reused furniture for all

Preen CIC is a social enterprise and a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by guarantee. Being a CIC means our profits are used for the benefit of the community.

Kathy Lewis and Paul Robson, two experienced furniture project managers, formed Preen CIC to help disadvantaged local people with low cost reused furniture. The company started trading in November 2007 when our first outlet, Preen Furniture Bank, a community reuse service supplying low cost furniture and appliances to vulnerable and disadvantaged people, opened in Biggleswade,.

Kathy Lewis and Paul Robson, two experiencPed furniture project managers formed Preen CIC to help disadvantaged local people with low cost reused furniture. The company started trading in November 2007 when our first outlet, Preen Furniture Bank, a community reuse service supplying low cost furniture and appliances to vulnerable and disadvantaged people, opened in Biggleswade.

Today a wide range of people’s first choice is to shop in Preen. Stock items include furniture (sofas, beds, dining sets, office desks and chairs), white goods (TVs, DVD players, fridges, freezers, electric cookers), household items (carpets, curtains, cooking pots and pans, clothes, shoes, books, children’s toys, etc) and just about anything you’d find in your house or garden!

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Award winning

Preen is Trading Standards Approved, the only organisation of our type with this approval we believe, and we’re the only Bedfordshire based project that’s achieved Approved Reuse Centre (Business Excellence Grade) from the Furniture Reuse Network. We are also proud to hold the Positive about Disabled People Accreditation from Jobcentre Plus.

We were named Enterprising Organisation of the Year in the 2013 at the Bedfordshire Business Awards and won the Green Business Award from Networking@Dunstable in both 2012 and 2013. n the RBS Social Enterprise 100 top performers list for 2011 Preen CIC was listed at number 33.

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Helping local people

  • This year (2015) we set up The Preen Trust as a safety net for local people who need assistance to get back on their feet and have exhausted all other avenues of support.
  • Between April 2014 and March 2015 we helped more than 2,000 low income households in Bedfordshire to furnish their homes or equip it with essential items such as washing machines, electric cookers, tumble driers, etc.
  • We provide both supported volunteering and paid employment opportunities as well as training for people who have physical or mental health difficulties, criminal records or other disadvantaging circumstances.
  • In 2013 we created the Bedfordshire Food Aid Network (BFAN) and we pay for its running costs. We collect food and distribute it to both local families to help over the school holidays when children aren’t receiving free school meals, and to organisations which provide food parcels locally. The food we gave out in July 2015 equals more than 1350 meals and 260 desserts, plus miscellaneous food and toiletries. 
  • We ran the Community Challenge that awarded cash and prizes worth thousands of pounds to local charities and community projects across Central Bedfordshire in 2012-3. Beneficiaries included organisations helping disadvantaged young people locally, playgroups, schools, after school clubs, good neighbour groups, a local environmental organisation, guides and scouts, a heritage society, and village halls.
  • Every month we help divert more than 30 tonnes of bulky waste from landfill.

Find Us

Biggleswade Reuse Centre