ARE you celebrating Secondhand September?
The month-long campaign encourages Brits to buy only pre-loved items for the whole 30 days, helping combat climate change and save the planet.
A recent study from Virgin Media O2 showed the secondhand stigma has all but disappeared, with nine in ten shoppers now buying old items.
Meanwhile eBay says sales of used goods have jumped 30 per cent on this time last year.
So, while we’re happy to have secondhand goodies at home, how can we make nearly new work in the workplace?
Figures from the World Economic Forum show the secondhand retail sector employs 32,000 people and makes a £331million pound profit for UK charities each year.
But imagine how much more we could raise if we adapted secondhand chic at work?
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1. Vintage Furnishings
Retro furniture already graces top hotels, bars and restaurants, offering both style and substantial savings.
At prices at up to 80 per cent off new equivalents and no need to cut down trees, it’s a win for your work budget and the planet.
Search eBay for the biggest selection of old office furniture in the UK.
2. Refurbed Tech
UK consumers already save £2 billion a year buying secondhand tech and it offers the chance for small firms to get great gadgets at small prices.
A refurbished mobile phone can cut costs between £200 to £500 per handset, while secondhand laptops are discounted by an average of 50 per cent.
However, check warranties and security software to ensure your business is protected.
Check out backmarket.co.uk to compare prices.
3. Work Equipment
From forklift trucks to photocopiers, the secondhand work equipment market is booming.
Savvy companies realise buying an item which is used but still in good condition can save thousands on the original purchase price.
However, check the health and safety requirements before you start shopping at hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/second-hand-products.htm.
We’re happy to buy second hand school uniforms, so if you wear a unform to work, can you save cash by plumping for pre-loved?
If you’re free to wear office attire, you’ll save hundreds of pounds picking up smart suits and shoes in charity shops.
Shop in the poshest area local to you for the smartest buys.
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Inspired by Secondhand September? Then take this sustainable shopping role which last all year round.
Store Manager – Home & Fashion, British Heart Foundation
The Job: The Store Manager, Home & Fashion will have the passion and leadership skills to motivate a team of staff and volunteers, encouraging them to bring new ideas and improve all aspects of store experience.
What You’ll Do: Great customer service is essential, alongside sourcing and merchandising of products. You’ll need to understand all cost-effective income streams, with a strong focus on omni-channel and online.
You’ll Need: You’ll be an experienced retail store or assistant manager who is confident working in a fast paced environment.
Apply Now: Get the full Store Manager, Home & Fashion details or check out all roles at the British Heart Foundation.
People person? This exciting role will see you become the second HR team for the clients you work with, helping them source the right people for their roles.
National Account Manager, Indeed
The Job: Indeed’s National Accounts Manager will build deep partnerships with the country’s largest employers and their agencies to develop hiring solutions.
What You’ll Do: You’ll explain how Indeed can help with a client’s hiring needs by positioning, bundling and handling any objections presented by senior level contacts.
You’ll Need: Three or more years’ of experience in an enterprise field sales environment is required as is demonstrated success in building and growing new accounts and territories.
Apply Now: Find out more about the National Accounts Manager job or browse all roles at Indeed.
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for Group Functions to enable the achievement of employee centric outcomes.
What You’ll Do: You will mostly support teams who ensure that optimal organisational structures are in place and that ways of working, people policies and processes enable efficiency and innovation.
You’ll Need: Experience of operating as a People Advisor in a fast-paced environment is required as is an ability to develop strong working relations.
You'll also need to be able to adapt your approach to the different functions and locations where Paddy Power Betfair operates.
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