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Business surplus benefits those in need

Posted: 21/07/10 by Northamptonshire Chamber

A free online scheme set up to help businesses pass on surplus goods such as end of line products and clearance stock to charity, is appealing to Chamber of Commerce members to help meet an increase in demand for goods. (GWO) is a website providing a free virtual platform for businesses to redirect surplus resources to community groups and charities and is the only service of its kind provided free of charge to both businesses and the recipient charities. 

Experience shows that many small charities and community groups delivering valuable and vital projects have no disposable income to pay even a nominal charge for goods.

Martin Traynor OBE, group chief executive at Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce said: "I have been really impressed by Giving World Online; it helps both businesses and communities and is a really simple and free scheme."

Joining GWO is a simple process. Businesses with surplus goods register and publicise what is available through GWO for free. Each donor receives a record of everything they have donated, can view details of the charity applying, obtains a record of who received donations, the number of beneficiaries, the value and volume of goods they have diverted from landfill.

GWO founder Rama Bhalla said: "We understand many businesses do not have the time to find suitable donors for their surplus goods, that’s why we set up GWO. From time to time businesses have to clear old stock to create space and there are thousands of charities that could benefit. Not only that but businesses using GWO can benefit in other ways; reducing storage and disposal costs; help towards achieving Corporate Social Responsibility goals; and potential tax benefits."

Visit or call 0845 833 3783 for further details.

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