CREST CO-OPERATIVE is set to revamp its small chain of community shops.
Crest Co-operative will be expanding and re-locating its retail stores and work is already in progress. The plans include a make-over for Crest Furniture Reclaim on Douglas Road in Colwyn Bay. In 2016 the popular furniture shop will become a hub of social enterprise activity and the refurbishment will see an increase in work placements for the unemployed and local people with disabilities.
Crest’s sister store on Mostyn Broadway in Llandudno, will be re-locating to Crest Community Store on Ferry Farm Road in Llandudno Junction. Work is underway to extend the Llandudno Junction shop for January 2016 and the community store will offer a bigger range of furniture, clothing and electricals.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive at Crest Co-operative, said: “The plans are exciting for our customers and our team. We are looking forward to welcoming shoppers to our refurbished and improved stores.
“I am delighted to announce that more employment and volunteer opportunities will be available at our Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction stores. Shoppers will see that the work is underway to refurbish our stores and they are open as usual.
“Throughout December we are inviting customers to join us at Crest Community Store, Mostyn Broadway, Llandudno, for a 25 per cent off re-location sale on re-claimed furniture and nearly new clothing,” she added.
Earlier this year Crest Co-operative opened a community hub on Ffordd Las in Llandundo, in partnership with housing association Cartrefi Conwy. The hub is a smaller version of Crest’s community stores and has already proved a hit with Llandudno residents.
Crest Co-operative will be continuing to hold pop up shops, which will help people in hard to reach rural communities, who are furnishing their homes on a budget.
Janet Finch-Saunders, AM for Aberconwy, praised Crest Co-operative’s pop up shops. She said: “What a brilliant idea they are, giving those who cannot travel to Llandudno and Colwyn Bay the opportunity to view and possibly purchase the low cost items provided by Crest, with the added benefit for those on low income of being able to pay by interest free instalments.
“Crest is such an innovative social enterprise, always striving to expand the services to the benefit of the community,” she added.
For further information about Crest Co-operative’s community stores visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk.
THE CREST Pop up Shop is coming to Llanrwst.
The Pop up Shop will be held at the Llanrwst Youth Centre (next to the swimming pool) on Friday 9th October from 10am – 2pm.
The Crest Co-operative team will be selling furniture from £5, re-conditioned home electricals (washing machines, fridge freezers etc) and a range of clothing.
Parking is available in the Watling Street car park.
NEW Crest Community Hub looking for volunteers
Crest Community Hub at Ffordd Las, Llandudno, will open on 1st September and we are looking for volunteers.
Be part of something special and help us run the Crest Community Hub.
We will be opening the new Ffordd Las shop and hub in partnership with Cartrefi Conwy. The Crest Community Hub will sell small electricals, furniture and clothing.
Come and join us for the launch of the Crest Community Hub at Ffordd Las on Tuesday 1st September from 10am – 3pm. We will be giving away free coffee, tea and cake. Free open day giveaways.
The Crest Community Hub will showcase employment opportunities from Creating Enterprise.
Crest Furniture Reclaim hosts Welsh Government Minister
CREST FURNITURE RECLAIM hosted a visit from a Welsh Government Minister on Thursday, August 6.
The Colwyn Bay Furniture Reuse shop welcomed Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty to the Douglas Road site.
The Minister toured the furniture and electrical warehouse and was keen to find out more about furniture reuse and the impact that social enterprise has on the communities that it supports.
Crest Furniture Reclaim is run by award winning North Wales social enterprise Crest Co-operative.
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths said: “I am pleased to visit Crest Furniture Reclaim to see first hand the work being delivered which is providing and supporting work opportunities to assist individuals back into the work place including those with learning and physical disabilities across Conwy and Denbighshire.
“The variety of Crest Co-operative projects are playing an important role in supporting the Welsh Government’s commitment to tackling poverty.”
Earlier this year Crest Furniture Reclaim was refurbished after having a £35,000 funding boost from Cyfenter. The furniture warehouse was given a new lease of life following work to the building exterior, roof and internal refurbishment.
Last year 684 people in the Conwy county took part in back to work and community payback placements at Crest Co-operative. The co-operative supported 30 adults with learning disabilities, who all have permanent work placements at Crest. The team collected 8, 258 items of furniture from Conwy homes, to resell in three Crest community shops.
Crest Co-operative’s team of retail staff have been giving second-hand furniture a new lease of life.
A shabby chic corner has been introduced to Crest Community Store, Llandudno Junction. Crest Co-operative’s Work Opportunities team, who have learning and physical disabilities, have been transforming the furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax.
Crest Community Store, Ferry Road, Llandudno Junction is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. To find out more click here.
Crest welcomes New voluntary Directors
Crest Co-operative has appointed two new Voluntary Directors at the 2014/2015 Annual General Meeting.
Elen Rowlands and Richard Cubie will join the team of four long-serving board members.
Elen Rowlands, who is the Centre Manager at social enterprise Glasdir in Llanrwst, has vast experience in the third sector. Elen has a background in Marketing and Business Development and will bring a wealth of knowledge to her appointment as a Crest Co-operative voluntary Director.
Glasdir Business and Conference Centre provides meetings and conference facilities to public, private and third sector organisations. Elen has recently set up a new training arm to the business – Glasdir Skills Academy. The new venture provides a range of business courses at affordable prices. To find out more about Glasdir click here.
Richard Cubie has recently returned to North Wales from 7 years in New Zealand, where he served as:
- The Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Alpine Community Development Trust
- The Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Wanaka Primary School
- Centre Manager for Montessori Children’s House in Wanaka
Before leaving Llandudno for New Zealand, Richard worked as a Strategic Developer, Policy Writer, Operational Manager and Head Teacher within Special Educational Needs services in England and Wales. Richard’s last appointment in the UK was in the School of Psychology at Bangor University.
Speaking about his new appointment as a Crest Co-operative Voluntary Director, he said: “I believe that I have the skills and experience to undertake the responsibilities of governance as a contributing member of the Board of Trustees.”Crest Co-operative’s Environmental footprint results
Crest Co-operative took part in the 2015 SCAP environmental performance data collection survey.
The survey measured Crest Co-operative’s carbon, water and waste footprint.
MOCHDRE INDUSTRIAL PREMISES AVAILABLE TO LET
For further information contact Rod Williams, Operations Director of Crest Co-operative at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 596 783. Rental price £2 per sq ft or nearest offer.
The property comprises two linked steel portal frame units with excellent natural light, profiled steel walls and roof anwell appointed offices and staff facilities in each unit.
The premises have the benefit of three -phase electricity supply, and have access to Fibrespeed broadband.
The property is located at Quinton Hazell Business Park, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay,Conwy a complex of industrial and commercial space containing a wide range of business interests including offices, manufacturing,trade counters, motor vehicle supplies and distribution companies
The estate is accessed via Glan y Wern Road off the A547. The A55 Expressway is accessible in both directions within five minutes driving distance.
The accommodation is currently subdivided with lightweight partitioning.
Gross Internal: 1920 sq ft
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FORECOURT PARKING AND SERVICE YARD
A Service Charge of £3,000 is payable in regard to the provision of insurance, repairs and maintenance.
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RATEABLE VALUE: £21,750 (2010 List)
The units are available by way of subletting of Units 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 or of the whole on terms to be agreed or an assignment of a full repairing and insuring lease for the remainder of the term of 5 from February 2014 years at an initial rent of £39,438 plus VAT per annum.
Community furniture shop gives Conwy’s unemployed a helping hand
A COMMUNITY furniture shop is helping vulnerable adults and the unemployed to gain retail experience.
Crest Community Store in Mostyn Broadway, Llandudno, supports 15 adults with learning disabilities a week, by offering retail work placements. The town centre shop also offers work placements to up to four unemployed individuals a week.
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative works to save furniture, electricals and textiles from landfill and resell them to benefit the Conwy community. Crest’s community shops are situated in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction.
So far this year social enterprise Crest Co-operative has saved 34 tonnes of furniture and electricals from landfill, by working with the local authority and Conwy housing associations to collect and reuse unwanted bulky household items. Crest Co-operative has been working with housing association Cartrefi Conwy for more than 5 years, to reuse household items to benefit the community.
Crest Co-operative runs an electrical reuse centre in Mochdre, where a team of engineers test and refurbish electricals. The appliances are then sold to the Conwy community at low prices.
Daniel Evans, Area Retail Manager for Crest Co-operative, said: “It is fantastic to have so much diversity in the workforce. It makes my job really interesting and really rewarding.
“Our team of adults with learning disabilities work on the tills, prepare clothes and assist with the merchandising of the shop. The unemployed clients that come to us gain skills and knowledge and we help them to re-enter the workplace and have a better future.
“The feedback from our team is great and they enjoy working here. Some of the unemployed service users who have come to us, have asked if they can volunteer at events, as they want to give back to Crest, which is fantastic,” he added.
Crest Co-operative also collects textiles and unwanted clothing from residents across the Conwy county in bright purple recycling bags, on behalf of the local authority. Purple and blue textile banks are situated at 28 sites, throughout the county.
Crest Co-operative offer free collections of fit for re-use furniture. The social enterprise also collect electrical items from homes across Conwy. To book a collection call 01492 596 783.
Pop-up shop comes back to Kinmel Bay
A POPULAR pop-up community store will be helping Kinmel Bay residents to furnish their homes on a budget.
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative will be bringing a mini community store to a residential area in Kinmel Bay, for the second time. The pop-up shop will be held at Cartrefi Conwy’s Chester Avenue Community House.
The community hub and the car park will be filled with affordable furniture and refurbished electricals on Saturday March 7 from 11am until 3pm.
It is the second time that Crest Co-operative’s pop-up community shop has come to Kinmel Bay and this week tenants of housing association Cartrefi Conwy gathered outside the site to get ready for the event.
Zara Roberts, Community House Development Manager for the housing association, said: “Everyone on Chester Avenue really enjoyed the last pop-up shop Crest Co-operative did and the tenants and residents were really keen to have another one.”
Sofas, wardrobes, drawers, fridge freezers, washing machines and more, will be on offer. The event will be open to residents across the Kinmel Bay area. Cartrefi Conwy tenants will receive a 15% discount.
Crest Co-operative run three community retail stores in Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Llandudno Junction. Crest Co-operative and Cartrefi Conwy have been working in partnership for the last five years.
Daniel Evans, Area Retail Manager for Crest Co-operative, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Cartrefi Conwy tenants and Kinmel Bay residents to the pop-up shop.
“We will be offering an increased number of interest free payment plans in 2015 and pop-up shoppers are invited to pay over four or eight weeks. We hope that this will help Conwy residents on low incomes to buy essential furniture and electricals for their homes,” he added.
The pop-up shop will help Crest Co-operative to fund their community enterprises. The organisation works to reduce landfill through reuse, to help people in the Conwy community.
For further information visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk, search for Crest Co-operative on Facebook or @crestrecycle on Twitter.35k funding boost for community furniture store
A COMMUNITY furniture store has had a make-over after a 35k cash injection.
Crest Furniture Reclaim (CFR), Douglas Road, Colwyn Bay, has been awarded funding from Cyfenter of more than £35, 000 to transform the building. The furniture and electrical shop, which is run by social enterprise Crest Co-operative, has been given a new lease of life following work to the building exterior, roof and internal refurbishment.
Staff at the site have worked hard to add the finishing touches to Crest Furniture Reclaim this week, which was closed on Monday and Tuesday, to allow the team to paint and clean.
The Douglas Road retail outlet has helped Conwy residents to furnish their homes on a budget for many years. Social enterprise Crest Co-operative reopened the building in 2013 and safeguarded jobs, after it suffered closure under previous ownership.
Crest Co-operative work with the local authority to carry out collections of unwanted furniture and electricals from residents across the county. The social enterprise run a Material Reuse Facility (MRF) in Mochdre. Reclaimed washing machines, dryers, cookers and other appliances, are tested by a team of electrical engineers and resold in the stores.
In a bid to transform the shop, staff at Crest Furnished Reclaim have extended the range of refurnished electricals on offer and have transformed the showroom, to include a larger selection of second hand furniture.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive at Crest Co-operative, said: “We are extremely grateful to Cyfenter for awarding a grant to Crest Furniture Reclaim. The building was in need of repair and this funding has allowed us to improve the Douglas Road site internally and externally to make it a more welcoming environment for Colwyn Bay shoppers.
“We are aware that Crest Furniture Reclaim is a service that is used by residents across the local area and we were keen to make sure that the building was revamped and that the service stays in Colwyn Bay. It is vital that residents are able to buy second hand items at a low cost to furnish homes on a budget.”
Staff at the store have also worked to transform unwanted furniture into new items by repainting and waxing the items. The Shabby Chic furniture trend has been used to give furniture items a new look.
Second life carpet tiles have also been used to transform the building.
The social enterprise now plans to offer an increased number of interest free payment plans to help Conwy residents on low incomes.
For further information visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk, search for Crest Co-operative on Facebook or @crestrecycle on Twitter.
A CONWY textile export centre has reached the final of three award ceremonies in less than 12 months of trading.
Social enterprise Draig Tex in Mochdre was officially launched by First Minister Carwyn Jones in September 2014 and has created 14 permanent jobs for local people since it opened its doors in Spring last year. The new textile export venture was established by three North Wales social enterprises (Crest Co-operative, Antur Waunfawr and Seren) and aims to keep the value of textiles in Wales.
Staff at Draig Tex celebrated this week after been named runners up in the Third Sector Awards Cymru, a national awards ceremony which was held in Cardiff. So far this year the organisation has gained recognition at three national and regional award ceremonies, including the Social Enterprise Awards Wales and the Daily Post Awards.
Draig Tex was the only North Wales based organisation to be shortlisted in the Third Sector Awards Environmental category last month. Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of the WCVA, who run the Third Sector Awards Cymru, said 19 groups had reached the final of the national awards ceremony. She said: “The creativity and dedication of these groups never ceases to amaze our judges.”
The three North Wales social enterprises, who established Draig Tex, all collect donations of clothing and textiles from residents across North Wales. They sell quality clothing in their shops and surplus textiles are reused through export at Draig Tex. The organisations all create work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and unemployed individuals.
Draig Tex exports textiles worldwide to benefit communities in Pakistan, Africa and Eastern Europe. Profits are reinvested to support communities in North Wales. Draig Tex is currently working with 13 national and regional charities, collecting surplus textiles and working to export.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of Draig Tex, said: “We are delighted to have reached the final of three prestigious Welsh award ceremonies in just 12 months of trading, it’s a fantastic achievement for the staff at Draig Tex and for the third sector in North Wales.
“The export centre is extremely busy at the moment and the dedicated team at Draig Tex have worked hard to provide a third sector service, which is helping to keep the value of textiles in Wales,” she added.
Find Draig Tex on Facebook or Twitter @DraigTex
A new, free cinema experience comes to Old Colwyn.
TAPE’s Sofa Cinema will open on Saturday 31st January from 7pm, with a special screening of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hosted by Hollywood actor, Spencer Wilding who appears in the movie. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Spencer and a chance to find out more about other screenings taking place at the TAPE Community Arts Centre on Berthes Road.
The Sofa Cinema is home to the collection of film clubs hosted at TAPE, creating a unique, relaxed cinema experience in an inclusive space – all for free! Available clubs include the Community Film Club, Baby Cinema, Silent Movie screenings with a live organist, kids film club and much more. The Sofa Cinema is run in partnership with Crest Co-operative, with all the sofas available to buy.
Steve Swindon, TAPE CEO stated that, “We are delighted to be re-launching our cinema clubs in this way. The partnership with Crest brings something extra special to the idea and we are very pleased to be working alongside them.”
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for Crest Co-operative and we are proud to be working with TAPE, to bring the Sofa Cinema to life. It’s really unique and I hope local people will enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.”
If you would like to attend the launch of the sofa cinema, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/677583575650521/Furniture for a Fiver Sale at Crest 13th and 14th January
12th January 2015
You Pay Less with Crest!
A Furniture for a Fiver sale will be running for the next two days.
This amazing sale will run until Wednesday 14th January at Crest’s Llandudno and Colwyn Bay stores.
We have even selected a range of pre-loved sofas for just £5 each!
Don’t miss out! (excludes electricals and new stock).
Find Crest C0-operative’s two large retail stores at:
Crest Furniture Reclaim, Douglas Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7PE
Crest Community Store, Mostyn Broadway, Llandudno, LL30 1YL