Community & Social Investment
At Flexiform, we are very passionate about supporting our staff and the community they live in, from our headquarters in Bradford, West Yorkshire to our hubs in Livingston (Scotland) and (London). We employ as many people from our local communities and try and support them inside and outside of work, investing in community projects which are important to our team. Flexiform encourages the use of local skills and suppliers where practicable to help foster good relationships and help support the local economy.
We often support communities by donating reused office furniture or secure metal sheds (made by our sister brand Asgard Secure Steel Storage). These donations not only extend the life of the product, but often give vital resources to schools, community projects and independent activity centres. We also support local large projects by offering products at cost, an example of this is the refit of a modern ICT suite, teacher’s desks and storage specifically designed for a local primary school.
St. Curthbert’s Church & Wrose Community Garden
Flexiform donated an Asgard Gladiator to St. Cuthbert’s Church, as part of their growing work with the Wrose Community Garden initiative. The shed is one of Asgard largest and offers plenty of room for them to store the largest of gardening equipment. The shed will be used to store gardening equipment and other items used by the 3 local primary schools who attend on a regular basis for wildlife lessons.
“A big thank you from Wrose Community Garden and St Cuthbert’s Church for the fantastic donation of the new metal shed. It was delivered on the date and time agreed and the delivery guys gave us plenty of advice on how to get the most out of it. We are overwhelmed by your generosity.” – Steven Harvey
Swan Lane Equestrian Centre
Flexiform recently donated chairs and lockers to the local horse riding school in Huddersfield. Swan Lane Equestrian Centre is a new local facility and these lockers were spare after a photoshoot and offered vital storage for the school. Swan Lane works with children from all ages, teaching them about looking after horses and riding them.
“We often have product left over from large photoshoots or customer demonstrations. These products sadly can’t always be reused, so,when the opportunity presents itself, we donate as much as we can to local charities or businesses. Putting back into the local area is a key part of Flexiform’s Business Plan, recycling by reusing is exceptionally satisfying for us as a company” – Andy Heath, Marketing Manager
CHAS @ St. Vincent’s
At Flexiform, we are delighted to support CHAS @ St Vincent’s, a local dedicated community support project which helps disadvantaged people in the BD3 area of Bradford. Flexiform have donated numerous pieces of unused furniture to the projects furniture ‘Re-use’ scheme which helps people with a low budget purchase 2nd hand furniture and household goods. CHAS @ St Vincent’s works with people from all backgrounds and faiths and provides a variety of services to help reduce the effects of poverty.
“CHAS @ St. Vincent’s is a great service. As an office furniture manufacturer it’s essential we donate, re-use and recycle where possible. The donation of the furniture helps extend the product lifecycle” – Andy Heath, Flexiform Marketing Manager.
39th Parkwood Scouts
Our upholsterer Mark Woods approached Flexiform to assist with refurbishing a local Scout hut. They have had to relocate from their original space. Over the past 12 months, they had worked tirelessly in finding the perfect location and last on their list was refurbishing the outside for troop night. Through our sister company Asgard Steel Storage, we donated a large roll of artificial grass to help transform the space. Mark was delighted with the outcome which has helped the Scout’s settle into their new premises.
“Troop night was fantastic, the artificial grass kindly donated by Asgard and the work involved has helped transform the space offering a fantastic facility” – Mark Woods, Scout Leader
Nell Bank Community Centre
The main charitable focus for the business is the support of the Nell Bank Charitable Trust in Ilkley, near Bradford. Nell Bank offers day and residential outdoor education to a large number of schools and other community groups for disabled and under-privileged children across various age and ability range. Nell Bank caters for over 15,000 school children each year.
Support is given by our staff and Managing Director, Nick Hewitt, who sits on the board of Trustees for 10 years. In the past, we have donated some tables for their classrooms, and recently we have donated an Asgard Bike Hanger. This supplies a safe place for workers to store their bikes. Flexiform continue to work closely with Nell Bank.
Timeout Children’s Home
Flexiform donated furniture to Timeout Children’s Homes to help fill out their newly purchased Brearly Hall property. Timeout Children’s Homes is a family run organisation which was established with the aim of making a real and lasting difference to the lives of children with complex needs. Timeout has become a first-call company for many local authorities and their dedication to provide tailored education for every pupil is exceptional.
“Thank you for your kind support with our new school development at Brearly Hall. The furniture is greatly appreciated and has allowed us to hit the ground running with our newest property” – Dominic Macauley, Managing Director
Hive Community Arts Centre
With our ongoing partnership with Northern Powerhouse, Flexiform continue to support local charities, schools, and colleges. We have joined forces with Hive Community Arts Centre to donate old photo shoot furniture, including items from our office storage ranges and material offcuts from our office seating manufacturing division. Hive is a community arts charity in Shipley who deliver arts and crafts courses, and workshops. They believe that creativity contributes to good health and wellbeing.
“Andy came to see and also showed us around the factory which was amazing. They had loads of really good quality office furniture which they let us choose from and also delivered it for us. As a charity these are the elements that we can’t afford to buy new so this has made a massive difference to our organisation.” – Joy Hart
Who Cares? Scotland
Our Scotland Hub donated a range of furniture to Who Cares? Scotland. The local charity required furniture for a room in their office where they host young people for meetings and collaborations. Donating furniture we no longer require in showrooms really helps the local community and we’re always looking to support our local charities. Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation who support care experience young people and care leavers to have their voice heard.
‘We’re grateful to Flexiform for donating furniture. This allowed us to make our young people’s room more youth friendly and inviting. Without this donation, the room would have a corporate feel, which could put young people off…so thank you for helping us engage and support more care experienced young people!’ – Laura Campbell.
Flexiform really believe putting back into our local community is an important part of what we do. When we finish an exhibition or event, we will always look to help local businesses. We recently helped out our friends at Lords Brewery in Huddersfield, a local brewery that has previously supplied their delicious locally brewed ale for our past exhibitions – its fantastic stuff! We supplied them with a range of our Ferro storage units which fit perfectly with the aesthetic of the brewery.
“At Lord’s Brewing Co we needed hard-wearing quality storage solutions. Flexiform provided high-quality equipment that was able to cope with the brewery’s changing environment, the style of their Ferro range perfectly fits in with our Mill based brewery”. – John Slumbers.
Charities and Foodbanks
Bradford North Foodbank
In our Flexiform headquarters, our staff kindly supported The Trussell Trust’s Bradford North’s foodbank, donating a large range of food and toiletries to the local area. The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK providing emergency food to people referred for support.
“Hi Andy, Just a quick note to say thank you to all at Flexiform for their generous donations, every item donated helps us to make a real difference in the local (Bradford) area. We have 1 warehouse and 5 distribution centres, giving an average of 1.5 tonnes of food per month! Many thanks” – Steven Harvey
At our London Hub in Islington, our staff continually support and donate the Islington foodbank, founded by the local church and community. The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust, a network of over 420 foodbanks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK providing emergency food to people referred for support.
“Supporting the local foodbank is incredibly important to our London team, ensuring every member of the community is guaranteed a meal. We hope to continue to support this very important charity in the future.” – Nick Saunders – Sales Director.
Save the Children’s National Christmas Jumper Day
At Flexiform’s headquarters in West Yorkshire, our office and factory staff dressed to impress for Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day on December 14th 2018. Baubles aplenty, there were fantastic classic Christmas jumpers to homemade creations! Flexiform donated a fabulous prize of a bottle of bubbly and chocolates for the best jumper, won by Jane and her homemade tinsel, baubles and robin jumper! In total, the staff raised £97.22 and hope to join in the fun every year. Flexiform are particularly excited to support Save the Children as part of our continuing relationship with the National charity.
At Flexiform, we are passionate about our ongoing commitment to one of our key partners; Kirkwood Hospice. They provide specialist care to adults with advanced and progressive illnesses at any stage, from the diagnosis to the end of life. Kirkwood Hospice is also there to support the family and friends of the patients, and means a lot to our staff within Flexiform.
As part of our Clerkenwell Design Week celebrations, an annual furniture and design festival in London, we decided to give away some incredible prizes through raffles and mini competitions that we hosted throughout the week. Our friends in the industry also helped our cause by donating thousands of pounds worth of prizes. Every penny we raise goes to Kirkwood Hospice as our way of saying thank you.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave
Flexiform recently held two events simultaneously to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support; Macmillan’s ‘Brave the Shave’ and a Coffee Morning! Liam (Production Engineer), Ray (Head of Deliveries), Kevin (Production Leader), Pete (Installation) and Richard (Planning Manager) all volunteered for MacMillan’s “Brave the Shave”.
Helen, (Asgard Customer Services Manager) and Jane (a professional Hairdresser) took the clippers to the volunteers. Whilst these guys “braved the shave”, the rest of us watched in awe as clippers flew through the air and hair flew to the floor. Fortunately, this didn’t put the rest of us off enjoying the home made cakes and treats that other staff had made for the event. The total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support was an incredible £1700, an amazing effort by all involved. Watch the video on Youtube.
Kirkwood Hospice, Sunshine & Serenity
Through our sister company, Asgard Storage, our long time friend Team GB and multi Gold Medalist cyclist Elinor Barker kindly donated her own Asgard bike shed to auction off for Kirkwood. Along with Olympic Medalist Helen Scott, they got their fellow Team GB riders to sign a number of plaques to fix to the shed to make it an even more special prize for one lucky winner! The event marked the 30th anniversary of Kirkwood Hospice.
‘Kirkwood Hospice are delighted and extremely grateful that Flexiform have nominated Kirkwood Hospice as their chosen charity. We very much look forward to working together in the future. All support will go towards vital patient care at the Hospice and will truly make a great difference to local people living with a life limiting illness’ – Kate Leadbeater, Partnership Development Manager
SAMH for Scotland’s Mental Health
Our Scotland hub had an open coffee and cake day in aid of SAMH for Scotland’s Mental Health with special guest Angela Constance MSP! The team opened the newly refurbished hub in Scotland with a selection of treats for suppliers, clients and other businesses on the estate. In total the team raised a huge £268.00 for SAMH which will go towards supporting mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services. A business friend has matched the donated amount, bringing the donation amount to £536.
Mind Mental Health
Within our Bradford Headquarters, the team hosted a coffee and cake day for internal office staff and factory staff to raise money for Mind charity, a charity close to many in the office. The charity provides advice and support to anyone across England with a mental health problem. Staff baked their favourite sweet and savoury treats and a huge amount of cake, sausage rolls and cheesecake was consumed. The team raised a total of £76.00 in donations.
Movember is a Charity supporting Men with Testicular Cancer, Prostate Cancer and mental health. This year (2019), many of our Flexiform staff took part in the event and grew a moustache! We set up a donation page for friends and family to donate throughout the November month as mustaches began to take shape and we had some fantastic results. In total, we have raised a whopping £346 for the charity! A huge well done to all those that participated to raise money for this fantastic charity.
Schools and Universities
Clough Head Junior & Infants School
Through our sister company, Asgard, Flexiform has recently donated a Gladiator shed to keep playground and sports equipment safe and secure. This resource is invaluable to schools, ensuring sports equipment is kept secure outside the schools main building.
“We would like to relay our appreciation and gratitude to Flexiform in Bradford for their very generous donation of a large outdoor metal shed for school. This is a fabulous resource for us. Due to the nature of our building we are restricted on storage space and in our current climate unable to purchase such expensive items. This will enable us to provide secure much-needed storage for school resources. We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of our parents and local businesses. Thank you, Andy and Flexiform for the support shown to our school.” – Michelle Miller, Business Support Officer
Flexiform partnered with Huddersfield University as a location for several photo shoots throughout 2017 and 2018. These included locations for our Pico desking photoshoot, Jot-Up height adjustable desking and the whole of our office storage range! We hired the various University buildings, donating to the Student Services funds and hiring Design, Marketing & Photography students to model within the shoots.
Flexiform has a strong connection with Huddersfield University, with several of the Marketing and Engineering departments being Huddersfield graduates! Supporting the university, the students and using local resources is very important to us, and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the future.
Dixon Trinity Academy
Students of Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford were delighted when the team at Asgard (a division of Flexiform) donated top quality wooden crates for use in one of their design technology projects. Teacher Phil Wickham had set his students the task of making some versatile stools, which can also double up as small tables.
Usually when students take on projects like this they have to use whatever wood they can get their hands on whether it is bought in or donated by a local business. This is because the costs can soon build up when you need wood for an entire class. When Asgard donated the pallets to the school, both teachers and students were pleased to see that the wood was of a much better quality than they were used to.
Local School (Bradford)
To support a local Bradford school, Flexiform donated several ex-demo items from recent photoshoots and exhibitions including chairs, lockers, light boxes and plan chests (pictured). Donating products and services to the local community is important to Flexiform, we take part in numerous shows and photoshoots throughout the year. The products are in perfect condition and ideal for local (startup) businesses and charities who would not necessarily have the funding to buy such items.
“Flexiform’s generosity is amazing, in a school such as ours funding is not always available for none essential items, so donations from local businesses are most welcome”. – Scott Jasper – Lead Technician.
The Grammar School at Leeds
Flexiform continue to support local charities, schools and colleges. Being able to recycle or provide local schools and colleges with furniture or items we no longer require, really help the community and the environment. Recently, we have continued our donation of used palettes for up-cycling. This time The Grammar School at Leeds have taken delivery of our old stacking palettes for the students to use.
“These palettes are great for our technical and art departments – we can reused them on projects, or as in this case reuse them to build sets for our drama group.” Steven J.
Our Staff Events
Our staff often participate in their own charity fundraising events, follow our Twitter account for any news and updates on their events and goals. We’ve previously promoted Production Control Supervisor, Satwinder Chana’s daughters skydive for Mind mental health charity, Interior Designer Nadia Al-Chalaby’s Race for Life for Cancer Research and National Contract Manager Andy Price’s 26 mile hike for Macmillan Cancer Support.