Save The Wood Store

Total raised £2,890

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £205.00
£100,000 target 45 days left
2% 13 supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 3rd July 2024 at 9:20am

Save The Wood Store + help us continue our work protecting the environment, changing lives and relieving unemployment.

by Pete West in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

Background

Established in 1998, Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project (AKA “The Wood Store”) was the first scheme of its kind in the country; an organisation committed to finding a way to reuse waste timber ‐ seeing it for what it really is ‐ not a waste but a precious resource.

 Vision and mission

Leading the way as a pinnacle of the local circular economy, we are now a charity and our aims are:

  • protecting the environment by conserving resources 
  • educating and promoting behavioural change 
  • changing lives, relieving unemployment and social exclusion


Our Impact 2022/2023

  • 720 tonnes of timber diverted from the waste stream
  • 359 tonnes of Co2 saved from entering the atmosphere
  • 10.8 FTE jobs created/sustained
  • 90 volunteers donating 8335 hours to the charity

How we operate

  • £444k revenue
  • 2 retail sites (Brighton & Lewes)
  • 2 wood workshops 
  • 2 collection vehicles 
  • 16k facebook + 6k instagram followers

Challenge
A reduction in wood supply from national commercial contracts has reduced our revenue and put our viability at risk. This is due to a national slowdown in commercial building projects in 2023 due to uncertain economic conditions and high interest rates. This has also negatively impacted our retail revenues.

The charity is relatively cash-poor and is still recovering from the negative impact of COVID on revenue. Most of our unrestricted funds are locked up in retail stock. The charity needs short-term funds to bolster cash flow over the coming months, as well as additional funds to enable it to diversify its business model and survive long-term.

The Board of Non-Exec Directors/Trustees of The Wood Store believe that a total of £100K is required to give the charity the 6-12 months it requires to diversify its revenue stream and make grant applications for new funding.  It also needs to find new, long-term premises by mid-2025.

Actions taken by the Board so far:

  • New Board members recruited with additional skills to support the turnaround.
  • The management team have implemented short-term operational cost-saving measures of 10%.  

Why is The Wood Store worth saving?

Our mid-term ambition is to diversify wood sourcing, increase revenue generation from consumer-focused commercial activities, and build better networks with other local sustainability/circular economy businesses, charities and community groups. 

We aim to make The Wood Store - in its new premises - a hub for community engagement and action around reclaim, reuse, and recycle lifestyles.  
 

Our ‘Save The Wood Store’ campaign aims to:

  • Raise sufficient funds to ensure The Wood Store can diversify to survive short to mid-term.
  • Galvanise support from existing corporate and individual customers.
  • Build awareness of The Wood Store with new potential audiences.
  • Turbocharge the search for a new location to ensure long-term survival

What are we seeking

  • Cash donations from individuals
  • Sponsorship/Co-Branding opportunities
  • Commission more commercial /residential work
  • New sources of wood from local businesses and residential customers

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£500 or more

£500 Sponsorship & Reward

- Your name displayed on our supporter's webpage (if a company, with a backlink to your website). Your name/company name displayed on our fundraising barometer in-store and featured in social posts. Entry to the draw to win a bespoke piece of furniture worth £1000

£10 or more

£10 Sponsorship

Your name on our supporters webpage

£20 or more

£20 Sponsorship & Reward

Name is displayed on our supporter's webpage and entry to the draw to win a piece of furniture worth £200

£50 or more

£50 Sponsorship & Reward

Name is displayed on our supporter's webpage. Entry to the draw to win a bespoke piece of furniture worth £500

£1,000 or more

£1000 Sponsorship & Reward

Your company / brand /name is displayed on our supporter's webpage with a backlink. Your company/brand /name displayed on our fundraising barometer in-store and featured in social posts. A % discount on commercial/individual orders or on commercial/individual collections. Entry to the draw to win a bespoke piece of furniture worth £1000

£10,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£10,000 Sponsorship & Reward (3 x available)

Bespoke Corporate Sponsorship of workshops. Your brand associated with our charity and your support of the circular economy. Workshops to train volunteers sponsored by your brand. PR/Marketing across socials/web highlighting the workshops. 1 x half-day workshop for your co-workers to attend (up to 6 people)

£15,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£15,000 Sponsorship & Reward (2 x available)

Bespoke Collections Sponsorship. Your brand associated with our charity and your support of the circular economy. Your logo on our collections vehicles as our collections partner sponsor. Access to socials/customers through co-marketing of your brand and % discount on collections for 12 months.

£30,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30,000 Sponsorship & Reward (Headline Sponsor)

Your brand associated with our charity and your support of the circular economy. Your logo prominently displayed at our Brighton and Lewes Sites across multiple touchpoints in-store. Your logo will be prominently displayed on our website (with links to your website and social channels). Access to social media audiences/customers through co-marketing activities. Your brand across all PR/Marketing. Pop-up coffee sub-lease @HQ for 12months


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