Cannock company Newlife Trading Ltd has today announced exciting new expansion plans, bucking national business trends.
The unique trading operation, based in Hemlock Way, generates millions of pounds to help disabled and terminally ill children and their families across the UK, through its recycling service which is going from strength to strength.
Newlife Foundation Operations Manager Stephen Morgan said: “The trading company is now in the process of securing the lease on a further 25,000 sq ft of warehouse space in Bridgtown, Cannock. This will allow increased processing and storage space as volume of stock continues to increase. The move will create up to 20 jobs in the coming months.”
This expansion will open up a larger trading area within the Hemlock Way Homestore, given the continued success in sales of bargain furniture, beds and other home wares. It will also enable the expansion of Newlife’s Opportunity Centre, which offers volunteering placements to local people who wish to help the charity, expand their skills or get work experience.
Newlife Trading Ltd operates solely to generate income for national charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. The registered recycling company offers services for and works in partnership with many of the UK’s leading retailers. What cannot be sold through its expanding network of stores is reused in a number of ways, including textile reclamation and the creation of art packs for schools.
The charity, set up by Sheila Brown in 1991, celebrates its 21st birthday this year. Sheila and husband Colin went on to launch Newlife Trading Ltd in 1993 to ensure long-term funding for the charity. The group now employs 228 staff, with the head office and superstore in Hemlock Way, Cannock, a further sales operation at the nearby Newlife at Home shop which opened in Oct 2010 and the recently-opened additional store in Uttoxeter, which is already a runaway success.
Last year the business generated £2.2 million for the charity, which was used to operate its nurse-staffed national helpline, fund equipment grants, medical research and campaigning.
Stephen added: “Our Nurse Helpline has experienced a huge increase in enquiries – calls are up 99 per cent on the same time last year. Applications for equipment arrive daily as the cutbacks in statutory services around the UK are hitting families hard. That’s why we are expanding, because more disabled and terminally ill children and their families need our help and we are determined to respond to as many as possible.”
Pictured: Mrs Sheila Brown OBE – CEO Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children