New boss new plans for Reuse Centre

MBTC-29-05-13- Mark Thompson The ReUse Centre, Gadsby St, Bedford.
MBTC-29-05-13- Mark Thompson The ReUse Centre, Gadsby St, Bedford.

A boss who fought back from unemployment to front a town centre charitable project hopes to bring new ideas to the role.

In March Mark Thompson took over as boss at the Reuse Centre’s two sites after long time chief Marcus Pheasant left for pastures new.

And Mark, who first volunteered at the centre after being made redundant, wants to secure a bright future for the Reuse Centre, which provides cut price furniture and home wares for those on a limited income.

He said: “I previously worked for a big flooring manufacturer that had £2billion in sales. Then in 2009 when the financial crisis hit they said that I was surplus to requirements.

“Our targets are to revamp the presentation of both our premises and make them more appealing, just because you are spending in a limited price range it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look nice. We are also working on a re-upholstery project and to recycle mattresses and sofas.”

He added: “I would also like to be in a position financially where we can fund more paid members of staff.

“25 people a week donate their time and effort to this place.”

To read Mark’s full story check back here on Thursday, May 30