Shekinah Trading, the successful trading arm of Plymouth's Shekinah Mission for the homeless, has opened a new retail division selling affordable refurbished white goods, computers and laptops. The aim of the shop is to provide a reliable income for Shekinah's drop-in centre, hostel, training centres and employability programmes, as well as ploughing surpluses from the shop back into the community.
The trading team behind the new retail venture hope the new business will make a big environmental and social impact with aims set high to reduce poverty, challenge behaviour and perceptions towards waste, increase rates of re-use, extend the life of electrical items to the benefit of the local community, divert rubbish from landfill and reduce energy consumption and Co2 emissions. A source for XA Marketing Enterprise has said “To think this is a charity shop may come as a surprise to some people, as this shop is not only looking to help others and its City but the environment also.” Steve Weymouth, business development manager at Shekinah Trading said "This is by no means a new idea, but the quality of the products are fantastic and represent incredible value for money, something everyone can benefit from in these austere times."
The second hand goods all come with a three month warranty and can be obtained from the new warehouse at 16 East Street. All the goods have been cleaned to the highest standard according to environmental legislation, tested and reconditioned by the Absolute Recycling Company before being sold, so customers can rest assured they will not be given faulty goods. A Source for XA Marketing Enterprise has said “These goods are quality goods yes they are second hand but we must remember that we are in a recession and we are all struggling if you are offered recycled goods at bargain prices providing its in pristine condition of course you will snap it up, What Plymouth charity shop is doing is brilliant excellent goods for bargain prices with all proceeds going back to the city that provides them, What could be better.”