A SOCIAL enterprise venture will work towards creating sustainable jobs for Chester’s largest estate.
Clothing and textile recycling banks have been sited in Blacon under the name of the 4TP (40p) business venture which pledges to plough 40 per cent of funds into the area as well as creating sustainable jobs and services for the community.
The founder of 4TP is Brian McManus, who previously ran the former successful Deetex textile recycling service in Saltney. He is working alongside Chris Leicester, enterprise manager for Avenue Services in Blacon, who will organise the return funding from the business back into Blacon.
Mr McManus’ son Daniel will also play a pivotal role in the new venture.
Former Blacon resident Mr McManus, who aims to roll out the service across Chester alongside developments in Flintshire, where he now lives, said: “The aim for 4TP is to have local people employed to deliver the service, with surplus funds given to local causes in Blacon.
“There is a real gap in this kind of service locally.”
A number of volunteers have worked to renew and transport clothing bins now sited at the Waggon and Horses pub on Western Avenue and the former Highfield pub on Highfield Road, both Blacon. A further two clothing banks are also due to be placed in the community.
The venture is also being run in support of the LIAM Foundation – in support of Mr McManus’ late nephew. The foundation will retain only 10p per kilo from the 50p per kilo valuation of the donated stock with the additional 40p per kilo to be contributed towards creating paid roles to sustain the service and funds back in to Blacon.
The LIAM Foundation has been established with the aim of providing opportunities for young people at risk of offending and with the hope of developing paid employment or training opportunities by delivering a service to the community.
The foundation also has access to a number of clothing banks to be placed at sites around Chester, Cheshire and Flintshire.
Householders will be encouraged to donate their unwanted clothing, shoes and other household textiles such as towels, curtains and bedding.
Donated stock will be sorted and items such as towels, curtains and bedding, which have no resale or commercial value, will be separated and stored ready to be provided to organisations that support people in distress in a similar way to the foodbank scheme.
The remaining clothing, in good condition, has a resale value that is guaranteed to achieve 50p per kilo or £500 per tonne.
Mr Leicester said: “This venture works financially as a model in which money will be spent locally. It will help to support employment, training opportunities, community initiatives and benefits for young people.”
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