Reuse Network Annual Conference 2019

01 May 02 May

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, CV8 2LD

Wednesday 01 May 19 - Thursday 02 May 19 8:15 am - 4:00 pm

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1-2 May 2019

This year we are celebrating 30 years of the Reuse Network. With this major milestone in mind, have prepared a jam-packed programme over two days as well as a glamourous Gala Dinner and after-dinner entertainment.

What to expect:

Wednesday 1 May

For this first day, we will have plenary sessions focussed on changes in both the reuse and charity sector alongside cases for innovation and business diversity from the network. There will also be time to hear from top creative minds about our connections with furniture, as well as practical advice on how to make marketing campaigns exciting.

Confirmed speakers for this first day are: Debra Allcock-Tyler from the Directory of Social Change; Shaun Doran from the Furniture Resource Centre; Shaun England from toogoodtowaste; Paula Benson from Film & Furniture; and our very own CEO, Craig Anderson from the Reuse Network.

As always, we will hold our now famous ConverStations, with selected practical topics to help reuse charities pursue best practices within the sector.


Facebook Market Place – Loyalty Scheme – Yard Sales – WEEE fund – Identifying collectables – Void clearances – New Goods and Reuse – and more…

Don’t forget to join us for a glamorous evening with Gala Dinner, awards ceremony and some exciting after-dinner entertainment!

Thursday 2 May

This second day is traditionally for Reuse Network members and close working partners only. We will be showcasing practical leadership in the network, and for the very first time, we’re holding 1.5 hour workshops in the morning.

We will have three different break-out sessions running in parallel, for you to choose according to what is most important for your organisation at the moment. Topics include making supported placements good value for money & creating a meaningful volunteering programme with the support of Shaw Trust, and a masterclass in social enterprise by Furniture Resource Centre.

There are more speakers and sessions to be confirmed, but we hope this will give you a taster of what is to come!

As with previous years, you are welcome to join us the night before the conference begins on Tuesday 30th April for a relaxed and informal evening. Reuse Network staff and trustees will be on hand to meet you, and we’ll be having a BBQ providing the weather doesn’t let us down (we’ll still have food indoors if it does rain).

Award applications are now closed

Applications for this year’s awards ceremony are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. We will be shortlisting, notifying nominees and announcing the final three in each category in the coming weeks, as well as opening the vote for Reuse Organisation of the Year.

This year’s awards are kindly being sponsored by DHL.


Chesford Grange Hotel – Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD


Tuesday 30 April – Tuesday Twister, BBQ and informal relaxing evening
Wednesday 1 May – Day 1 of the conference, Gala Dinner, Awards Ceremony
Thursday 2 May – Day 2 of the conference, Reuse Network members only


The Reuse Network Annual Conference is the only conference dedicated to charitable and voluntary sector reuse. We bring together professionals who want to develop strategies, learn more from fellow reuse sector experts, share ideas and best practices.

It is the biggest event held by the Reuse Network each year, welcoming not just our own members, but also leaders and decision-makers in local and national government, retailers, waste companies, universities, research facilities and more.

Download your booking form below and book your place today.

Programme Wednesday 1 May

08.30   Registration

09.15   Conference welcome

09.30   Back to the future: I finally invent something that works!

Flux Capacity  Craig Anderson, Reuse Network & Richard Featherstone

What we learnt in 30 years of reuse  Shaun Doran, Furniture Resource Centre

A Sector in Movement  Debra Allcock-Tyler, Directory of Social Change

 11.00 Refreshments and exhibition stands

11.30 A very social enterprise: Nobody calls me chicken!

Moving your charity forward Shaun England, toogoodtowaste

How seriously should we consider mattress deconstruction? Bill Knowles, Cumbria Recycling Ltd & Dan Goddard, University of Lancaster

Measuring Social Value Ben Carpenter, Social Value UK

 13.00 Lunch

14.00 ConverStations

15.30 Refreshments and exhibition stands

16.00 From another angle: Roads?!? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

More than just furniture Paula Benson, Film & Furniture

 Creative Marketing Scott Butler, WEEE Fund

17.00 Close

19.00 Drinks Reception, Gala Dinner, Awards Ceremony and Entertainment

Programme Thursday 2 May

08.30   Registration

09.15   Welcome

09.30   In practice:  Why are things so heavy in the future?

A focus on essential daily living Julie Green, Glasspool Charity Trust 

Capping rent-to-own retailers with reuse an as alternative Barbara Robinson, Financial Conduct Authority

Where should we be in five years? Julian Price, Reviive & Silv Ingram, Castle Furniture Project

11.00 Refreshments and exhibition stands

11.30 Break-out sessions  (choose one): Learn from the experts

Supported placements & volunteer programme Sally Goodger &  Ben Hinchey, Shaw Trust

Trading & Merchandising David Barrett, Sarah Dryden, John Lewis

Social Enterprise Masterclass Taster Claire Donovan, Furniture Resource Centre 

13.00  Lunch and exhibition stands

14.00 Networking

15:00 Close of conference


Reuse Network Conference - Our Sponsors

We would like to say thank you to our sponsors, without whom our annual conference would not be possible:

John Lewis & Partners: Headline and Bursary Sponsors
DixonsCarphone: Headline Sponsors
WRS Insurance: Gala Dinner Sponsors
DHL Envirosolutions: Awards Sponsors
Whirlpool: Delegate Bag Sponsors



WRS Insurance        

Whirlpool Corporation



Reuse Network Conference - Our Exhibitors

Attending the Reuse Network is a great opportunity to meet new suppliers and services providers. Joining us this year, we have:

Black Country Bedzz
Charity Bank
Charity Fleetcare
End Furniture Poverty
KUDOS Software
WRS Insurance

Black Country Bedzz       Charity Fleetcare Logo

Domestic Appliances Direct      Kudos Software

Whirlpool Corporation     WRS Insurance



Exhibiting at the Reuse Network Conference

Exhibiting at the Reuse Network annual conference is a fantastic way for companies to get crucial face-to-face time with key decision makers in each organisation. 

Why exhibit?

  • The Reuse Network is the only conference in the UK dedicated to not-for-profit reuse organisations.
  • A 2-day conference aimed at networking in an intimate setting, allowing for opportunities to talk and engage with delegates and key decision-makers.
  • Meet decision-makers and budget holders within the organisations.
  • We work closely with you pre-conference to ensure your business objectives are met.

Past exhibitors:

Black Country BedzzChristians Against PovertyDura BedsKudos SoftwareTwineDomestic Appliances DirectCharity FleetcareMaxiMoverWhirlpool


To book a place or to discuss further, please contact: Claire Charras, Business Support Manager, or call 0117 954 3578.

Exhibitor Pack - Reuse Network Conference 2019

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