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Furniture firm's 2.5m contract

Two workers from Bulky Bob's
Bulky Bob's supplies furniture for a number of social housing projects

A contract worth £2.5m has been awarded to a Liverpool-based recycling company to provide furniture for a social housing initiative in West Yorkshire.

The FRC Group - the parent company of the waste collectors Bulky Bob's - is to supply furniture to a consortium working with Leeds City Council.

The items are for homes for people with physical and learning difficulties.

The deal will also continue to help support long-term unemployed people, a company spokesman said.

'Leading the way'

FRC Group is a social enterprise and, as well as its Bulky Bob's partnership with Liverpool City Council collecting and recycling bulky household waste, it delivers a Bulky Bob's service to Oldham and Warrington councils.

It supplies furniture to social landlords, sheltered housing schemes, hostels and student and key worker accommodation.

Shaun Doran, FRC Group's commercial director, said: "This is a great contract win for FRC Group and we are delighted to be leading the way in supplying furniture for social housing.

"This deal will mean we can continue to provide Liverpool jobs and continue with our award-winning training programme for long-term unemployed people."

Bulky Bob's has rescued over 49,500 items for reuse since July last year.

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