New store brings new jobs and new premises to Northfield

CT Furniture West Midlands has expanded its network of retail stores by opening a new store in Northfield, Birmingham. This new venture will create one new job and several volunteer opportunities for customer service assistants, van drivers and administrative assistants. While preserving the roles of three existing staff who will transfer into the new store.

Based on Bristol Road South, Northfield this new store will bring quality pre-loved, vintage, antique and repurposed furniture to the town. We opened our doors on 12th April, as soon as lockdown restrictions were eased. This is third West Midlands retail development for our charity and we also have furniture branches in Sandwell, West Bromwich and Bilston, Wolverhampton.

We have had for many years a warehouse site in Garrison Lane Birmingham, but with Clean Air Zone concerns, sales at this site continue to suffer and so in due course this will be closed, and the three existing staff transferred across.

This new store in Northfield will provide a better shopping experience for customers. With new stock arriving everyday it will allow them to pick up and order furniture, while out doing their daily shopping.

Nick Tomlinson, CT Furniture’s retail operations manager, said: “We provide affordable high quality pre-owned furniture to the public. We do this by accepting donations of unwanted items, our aim is to encourage furniture re-use and reduce items going to landfill by collecting re-usable furniture and electrical items free of charge from local residents. All following the latest social distance guidelines.”

He continued: “We are excited to be opening Northfield, which will be open Monday to Saturday. All our stores are stocked with items ranging from small electrical appliances through to beds, sofas, wardrobes all available at affordable prices, so helping individuals and families to furnish their homes. I'm eager to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for the charity, we have several roles and always need an extra pair of hands.”

All surplus funds raised by CT Furniture through the sale of donated furniture are used by us to help support our fleet of CT Passenger minibuses, who transport people with mobility issues or take those isolated for their shopping. Our fleet of 24 accessible and 13 non-accessible minibuses are based at sites in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry. Since the beginning of April 2020, we have provided over 37,000 passenger journeys, covering over 230,000 miles.

We have several volunteer opportunities available and are always looking for help from those who have time and are looking to make a difference in the local community. In return, volunteers will gain work-based skills that can help when it comes to finding a job. There is also the opportunity to meet new friends and be part of something worthwhile. 

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Barry Yeomans cutting the ribbon. 

All our stores and collection teams are adhering to the government's latest COVID-safe guidelines.

Anyone looking for more information about volunteering or donating furniture, can ask instore or apply via our website.