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IKEA offers to buy back used furniture in exchange for vouchers

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Ikea has launched a buy back scheme that will allow customers to sell used furniture in exchange for store credit. 

The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant will give participating shoppers vouchers worth up to 50 per cent of the original value, depending on the condition of the piece. 

In turn, shoppers will be able to buy the returned items second-hand, allowing them to save money on the cost of furniture and reduce the amount of waste. 

Customers could receive up to £250 for their second-hand office cabinets, £249 for tables and £270 for second-hand desks. 

Ikea has launched a buy back scheme that will allow customers to sell used furniture in exchange for store credit (pictured, the popular Billy bookcase costs £35 but customers could receive a voucher worth £17 for the item using the scheme.)

Ikea has launched a buy back scheme that will allow customers to sell used furniture in exchange for store credit (pictured, the popular Billy bookcase costs £35 but customers could receive a voucher worth £17 for the item using the scheme.)

Children's products are among those included in the scheme, meaning shoppers could receive up to £98 for the Svarta cabin bed,

Children's products are among those included in the scheme, meaning shoppers could receive up to £98 for the Svarta cabin bed, and £30 for the popular Duktig play kitchen

Children’s products are among those included in the scheme, meaning shoppers could receive up to £98 for the Svarta cabin bed (left), and £30 for the popular Duktig play kitchen (right) 

In order to participate, customers will fill out an online form on the Ikea website. 

The tool will automatically generate a preliminary offer and customers will then be invited to bring the fully assembled product and preliminary offer to the Returns & Exchanges desk at their nearest Ikea store. 

If the piece meets the requirements, the customer will be given a refund card with no expiry date.

Furniture that is being returned ‘as new’, (no scratches) will be worth 50 per cent of the original price; ‘very good’ (with minor scratches) will be worth 40 per cent of the original price and ‘well used’ (several scratches) will be worth 30 per cent of the original price.  

Meanwhile customers could receive up £249 for the Morbylanga table (pictured)

Meanwhile customers could receive up £249 for the Morbylanga table  and £213 for the Mockelby table (pictured)

Meanwhile customers could receive up £249 for the Morbylanga table (left) and £213 for the Mockelby table (right) 

Shoppers could expect a voucher for £185 if they return their £370 Nordli dressers to an Ikea store in good condition

Shoppers could expect a voucher for £185 if they return their £370 Nordli dressers to an Ikea store in good condition 

For those who invested £535 in a Bekant desk while working at home during the pandemic and have now found they are returning to the office, they could receive £267 from the scheme

For those who invested £535 in a Bekant desk while working at home during the pandemic and have now found they are returning to the office, they could receive £267 from the scheme 

Products eligible for the buy back scheme include dressers, bookcases, chests of drawers and dining tables and desks. 

How does the Ikea Buy Back scheme work? 

  • Customers fill out an online form to generate an initial quote 
  • Eligible returns will be invited to bring the furniture into store, along with the quote 
  • A refund card will be produced, worth up to 50% the original price 
  • The returned item will be re-sold in the As-Is Are of the store 

Other items eligible include small tables, cabinets and children’s products. 

Items will then be resold as second-hand in the As-Is Area of stores (previously known as Bargain Corner). Anything that cannot be resold will be recycled. 

The popular Billy bookcase is among the items listed in the scheme, and costs £35 from the store – meaning customers could receive a voucher worth £17 for the item.

Meanwhile customers could receive up to £250 for office cabinets, £249 for the Morbylanga table and £213 for the Mockelby table. 

To coincide with the launch, IKEA is also introducing ‘Pre-Loved Labels’ to its second-hand items, allowing customers to learn about an item’s past before giving it a new home. 

Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA UK & Ireland, commented: ‘Households are connected to around 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, consuming around a third of the energy and 10% of the water used globally. 

‘Therefore, small actions taken within them can make a significant difference, and why IKEA is so committed to making sustainable living more affordable, attractive and accessible. As one of the biggest brands in the world, we recognise our unique opportunity to help lead that change.

‘Through Buy Back we hope to make circular consumption mainstream; making it easier for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products in circular ways.

The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant will give participating shoppers vouchers worth up to 50 per cent of the original value, depending on the condition of the piece. Stock image

The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant will give participating shoppers vouchers worth up to 50 per cent of the original value, depending on the condition of the piece. Stock image

‘As we move towards our goal of becoming fully circular and climate positive by 2030 we will continue to take bold steps ensuring that, by then, all IKEA products will be made from renewable, recyclable and/or recycled materials; and they will be designed to be re-used, refurbished, re-manufactured or recycled, following circular design principles.’  

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, added: ‘The IKEA vision has always been to create a better everyday life for the many people, which right now means making sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone. 

‘Being circular is a good business opportunity as well as a responsibility, and the climate crisis requires us all to radically rethink our consumption habits.

‘Currently, 45 percent of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption and its impact on climate change.’

Products eligible for the buy back scheme include dressers, bookcases, chests of drawers and dining tables and desks. Pictured, the VEDBO dining table

Products eligible for the buy back scheme include dressers, bookcases, chests of drawers and dining tables and desks. Pictured, the VEDBO dining table

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VGP acquires French logistics development

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VGP NV and VALGO signed an agreement to purchase 32 hectares of land that housed the former Petroplus refining units in Petit-Couronne, near Rouen. This brownfield rehabilitation project is fully in line with VGP’s core expertise and strategy. Thanks to the six years ownership of the site by VALGO and its expertise in asbestos removal, soil and water table decontamination, in-situ waste treatment and development, this area has now become a suitable site for the development of new industries and business activities.

 

On the banks of the river Seine and close to the A13 highway, the 32-hectare area of land offers its future users a highly strategic location. Following the extensive depollution work carried out by VALGO, the site is now ready for redevelopment. VGP expanded into France only a few months ago and is delighted to start its French business activities in the dynamic Rouen Normandy metropolis area, via this major project. In total, around 150,000m² of land are set to be redeveloped to accommodate industrial and logistics projects, with work due to begin in 2023.

 

Jan Van Geet, CEO VGP, said: “VGP is delighted to begin its business activities in France on a site as exceptional as this one, with strong economic and environmental ambitions that are shared by both our partner, VALGO, and the local authorities. As the rehabilitation of brownfield sites is at the heart of our business, this project is a great opportunity for us to deploy our industrial and logistical know-how. The uncertain geopolitical situation and the rise in transport prices mean that companies are increasingly looking for local support to start their business. In this context, we strongly believe in the relevance of our integrated model with a long-term vision. We are now eager to get to work and bring all the expertise of the Group to the project.”

 

Francois Bouche, CEO VALGO, commented: “We are delighted that this huge piece of land has been sold to a major investor with experience in redeveloping brownfields in Europe. However, I would first like to celebrate the work of the men and women who worked so hard to make this colossal project a success. It took more than 1 million hours and over €60m in investment by VALGO to turn the page on over 80 years of refining on this site, which already employs 600 people.”

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Selling your home? Here’s how to make sure it has kerb appeal by sprucing up outside space

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As anyone who has indulged in the brutal ‘swipe left’ culture of internet dating will testify, you don’t often get a second chance to make a first impression. And the same is true when trying to sell your property.

That’s why what lies at the front of your house — be it lawn, gravel or flagstones — can play a major role in making a sale.

Indeed, having a pleasing ‘shop front’ to snag potential buyers scrolling through listings or even walking past outside can offer leverage to boost the asking price, says Colby Short, CEO of estate agent comparison site getagent.co.uk.

Dress to impress: Colourful flower beds transform the look of a cottage in East Lothian, Scotland

Dress to impress: Colourful flower beds transform the look of a cottage in East Lothian, Scotland

‘Homes that offer a front garden carry a 4 per cent property price premium versus those without, and that equates to more than £11,000 in the current market,’ he says.

So what changes can you make to the patch in front of your house to help improve the saleability of the property?

Some alterations are simple, entry-level innovations. For example, even the smallest swatch of grass should be mown and rubbish-free. 

In fact, bins and recycling boxes are often the first thing you see in a front garden, as well as the detritus left by squirrels who have curated bits of dinner from your bags of rubbish. But it’s easy to hide bins away in a box unit.

‘If you’re trying to hide ugly bins, how about building a bin store with a planter on the top, then you can have some gorgeous outdoor succulents and flowering alpines?’ says QVC UK’s gardening expert Michael Perry. 

You can also buy wooden bin stores from outdoor furniture suppliers such as Wayfair (from £125.99).

Meanwhile, hanging baskets outside your front door help to break up a harsh brick wall, says Sean Lade, of Easy Garden Irrigation.

‘Hanging baskets are an excellent choice for adding colour and scent to your front garden and soften the front of your house. They should be installed at eye level —about 5 ft off the ground.’

Hanging baskets add colour and scent to a front garden and soften the front of a house

Hanging baskets add colour and scent to a front garden and soften the front of a house

And think about replacing tired fencing or dilapidated brick walls with natural borders, such as Boxwood hedging, which will add visual interest and is also easy to prune throughout the year.

‘If you prefer a cottage garden appearance, then why not train climbing plants to create natural archways around your front door, porch or gate?’ says Deborah Cobb, product manager at builders’ merchants MKM.

‘Raised flower beds are also a clever way to add some natural foliage. If you fill them with evergreen shrubs, then they are an easy-to-look-after and low-maintenance option that will look good all year round.’

In terms of what plants to go for, Nicola Bird, founder of seed subscription service The Floral Project, suggests some annual flowers are perfect for planting at the front of your house if you’re looking to sell. 

‘They include varieties such as cosmos, phlox, zinnias and sweet peas — not only to bring a bright splash of colour to your front garden, but also serve as a great conversation starter with your potential buyers.’

Even if you don’t have a patch of grass in front of your home, there are other fundamentals which will help with the sale, says Jonathan Rolande, professional property buyer at housebuyfast.co.uk.

This includes jet-washing your path. And just before a visit from potential buyers, remove any vehicles, where possible, to help to create an impression of space.

‘Clean the windows, frames and front doors — and clean the house number,’ he says. ‘If the garden is mostly given over to parking, soften the look with pots and planters filled with bright flowers and attractive shrubs.’

 You may think your garden gnomes are cute, but to a prospective buyer, they can be just plain creepy

He adds that if you don’t have a lawn, terracotta planters on the front sills look great with fragrant plants such as lavender and rosemary appealing to the sense of smell, too.

If your front garden is really small, use decorative gravel such as pea shingle or slate chippings, suggests Thomas Goodman, property expert at homeowner and tradesman connection website myjobquote.co.uk.

‘This will give you an attractive, low-maintenance base for topping with a few nice plant pots.

‘Fix anything that’s broken, including gates, fences and walls. These detract from any nice planting and give the impression of a home that’s not properly maintained and is going to need work.’

Colby Short says some items in your garden should be permanently jettisoned to improve the chances of a sale.

‘You may think your garden gnomes are cute, but to a prospective buyer, they can be just plain creepy. The same goes for any large statues or display items, particularly if they are of a political, religious or risque nature.

‘When it comes to potential buyers, you want to present a blank canvas. But that doesn’t mean this canvas can’t look good and add appeal in its own right.’

On the market… with kerb appeal 

Buckinghamshire: This four bedroom semi-detached cottage is on the edge of Denham Village. The bedrooms are spacious overlooking front and rear gardens. Struttandparker.com, 01753 481 781, £800,000

Buckinghamshire: This four bedroom semi-detached cottage is on the edge of Denham Village. The bedrooms are spacious overlooking front and rear gardens. Struttandparker.com, 01753 481 781, £800,000

Suffolk: There are four bedrooms in this detached house in Old Newton. The property dates from the 16th century and has a thatched roof and mature gardens. Fineandcountry.com, 01379 646 020. £1.2m

Suffolk: There are four bedrooms in this detached house in Old Newton. The property dates from the 16th century and has a thatched roof and mature gardens. Fineandcountry.com, 01379 646 020. £1.2m

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Elephant Park expands its retail offer (GB)

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Lendlease has announced the openings of two new spaces at Elephant Park: all-day kitchen and bar RAREBIT; and community garden store The Nunhead Gardener.

 

RAREBIT – the all-day kitchen and evening dining, bar, and grocery store – has opened its first brick-and-mortar location on Elephant Park’s casual dining hub, Sayer Street. The brand-new concept has a menu focusing on British favorites including the Welsh ‘rarebit’, and its grocery stocks a range of independent wines, craft beers, and coffee from East London coffee shop, Climpson & Sons. This selection is complemented by cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy, charcuterie from London Smoke & Cure, and produce from Natoora.

 

The Nunhead Gardener is the latest brand to move from one of Lendlease’s meanwhile units into a permanent space at Elephant Park, following the likes of Dima Beautiful, Beza Ethiopian Vegan, and bar and bottle shop The Tap In. The 900ft² unit on Sayer Street stocks a selection of indoor and outdoor plants, as well as specialty gardening tools, seeds, and seasonal scented candles.

 

Guy Thomas, Head of Place Assets at Lendlease, commented: “Both of these openings speak to our core values at Elephant Park, with a commitment to providing our local community with uses that are independent, sustainability-oriented, and unique. The arrival of RAREBIT adds a new cuisine to casual dining hub Sayer Street, and The Nunhead Gardener’s revamped permanent space has created a plant haven that we know local people will love.”

 

Mark Angell and Will Nias, Co-Founders of RAREBIT, said: “RAREBIT is about bringing a modern, fresh concept to people who want top-quality food and drink. Whether that be for grocery shopping or sit-down dining, we are so excited to be welcoming customers through our doors at Elephant Park. It is such a buzzing area, and we are proud to introduce RAREBIT to this diverse and vibrant environment.”

 

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