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May 25, 2007

Spruce Carpets branching out

Award winning Glasgow community business Spruce Carpets is “branching” out with Tees Valley regeneration agency, Renew Tees Valley.

Spruce Carpets Ltd

Spruce Carpets branching out

Spruce Carpets Ltd



A recent visit from Renew in Tees Valley has lead to Spruce Carpets being taken to new places. 


Still at the early stages of development a feasibility study has confirmed the value of replicating the Spruce Carpets model to benefit the Tees Valley community.


Following the visit to Spruce, Chris Hayward from Renew said, “Seeing Spruce first hand, meeting the people behind the operation and realizing the scale of community benefits, we are fully committed and inspired to create our own Spruce in Tees Valley.  Once partners are confirmed we will be taking the development forward with out delay.”


Spruce Carpets takes in donations of carpets, refurbishes them and sells them at low cost to people in need or on a budget.  This model benefits not only people on a budget but also provides volunteer and training placements to individuals who face barriers to employment, as well as diverting waste from landfill.  Spruce is a true example of a triple bottom line community business.


Spruce has helped over 1500 people carpet their homes, 100 people build confidence and skills and diverted over 80 tonnes of resources from landfill.


Spruce also sells refurbished carpet tiles and fitting service to charities, small and medium enterprises and organizations with a sustainable interest.