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Mobilising repair skills in Clydebank – local business is the 50th Revolve store

Funding is announced to boost re-use and repair skills across Scotland.

10 Mar 16

A social enterprise, which repairs and refurbishes mobility equipment in Clydebank for elderly and disabled customers, is celebrating reaching a national landmark for re-use organisations. It was also announced today (Thursday 10th March) that the third sector business is one of several across Scotland to receive funding from Zero Waste Scotland to train staff in essential repair skills.

Recycle Mobility Centre, based in Clydebank, has been revealed as the landmark 50th Revolve-certified store in Scotland, after successfully meeting the criteria for quality and customer service in second-hand stores. Revolve is Scotland’s national re-use standard, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and acts as a quality kite mark so shoppers can have confidence they are buying high-quality second-hand goods and getting fantastic customer service.

The business, based at Clydebank’s Market Village, Inshop, Sylvania Way South, is split into two – repairs and sales. Customers can buy refurbished equipment, have it repaired, or donate items which can be sold on. While the shop is open to all, the majority of customers who benefit are the elderly, disabled, or their family members.

Recycle Mobility Centre has also been awarded a grant from Zero Waste Scotland to train staff in re-use and repair skills, one of six third-sector organisations in Scotland announced today, spanning Glasgow, Mull, Fife, Paisley and Edinburgh.

The Clydebank store is benefitting from the re-use and repair grant of £1,800 which will be used to fully qualify an engineer to SVQ level 2 in Electrical Engineering.

Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland found a shortage of skills could be preventing re-use organisations from growing their businesses. The repair training grant aims to get over this barrier by helping workers to gain skills in repair or upcycling for four types of common items: electronic equipment, furniture, bicycles and textiles.

Helping to expand the re-use sector across Scotland is a key aim of Zero Waste Scotland. Our research estimates over 150,000 tonnes of re-usable goods are still going to landfill in Scotland every year. By re-using more, we can prevent items going to landfill needlessly as well as encouraging sustainable new employment opportunities in local communities.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment said:

“Encouraging re-use and repair forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, Making Things Last. Recycle Mobility Centre is a terrific example of how re-use and repair can benefit local communities. Scotland’s Revolve standard provides reassurance for shoppers that they are getting a quality product, and I hope to see Recycle Mobility and other re-use organisations across the country going from strength-to-strength.”

Sam Moir, Revolve Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted to announce the 50th Revolve store in Scotland, and extend congratulations to Recycle Mobility Centre, on successfully meeting the standard. It’s a fantastic organisation that provides an essential service for many people in the local areas, professional workmanship and great customer service. We’re excited for the future with many more organisations waiting in the wings to join Scotland’s national re-use standard, and get the message out there that second-hand is not second-best.”

Sam added:

“Building and expanding repair skills in Scotland is vital to increasing the amount of goods being re-used. Boosting existing repair skills also has the potential to create many new, sustainable jobs in communities across Scotland, such as those created by Recycle Mobility Centre, and we hope the repair grant will help to promote this. We need to preserve the skills we have and attract new young people to learn the skills of repair, which will be increasingly important to our economy in the future.”

Elaine Williamson, Project Manager, Recycle Mobility, said:

“Recycle Mobility is committed to helping our customers and to repairing and finding a new home for perfectly usable equipment that might otherwise go to waste – a terrible shame when there are many people out there who need equipment like this. By repairing and refurbishing mobility equipment, we can make it available to people for affordable prices and we can repair items for people – a lifeline if anything goes wrong with these essential items. We also provide employment and volunteering here for local people in our workshop.

“We’re seeing increasing demand for our products and services and are looking to expand.

“So we’re very grateful to Zero Waste Scotland for the funding support to train up our team here in essential skills, and Recycle Mobility is delighted to have the honour of becoming the 50th accredited Revolve organisation in Scotland. We think it really highlights our commitment to quality and service.”

A further group of re-use organisations across the country – including Revolve-accredited third sector businesses and local authorities, have been awarded funding over the past financial year by Zero Waste Scotland to develop capacity and support their businesses as they continue to thrive in the re-use and repair sector.


Notes For Editors

  • Photographs show:


  1. Sam Moir meets the Recycle Mobility team and presents them with their certificate for reaching the Revolve standard.
  2. Elaine Williamson of Recycle Mobility meets loyal customer Elizabeth McLeod
  • Find out more about Recycle Mobility at http://www.recyclemobilitycentre.com 
  • Together with the Community Recycling Network Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland has developed the Revolve reuse quality standard, designed specifically to overcome issues of consumer confidence, and to establish a robust and recognisable reuse sector in Scotland. Find out more at www.revolvereuse.com
  • The full list of organisations to receive a Repair and Upcycling Grant Fund across Scotland is:
  • Second Opportunities, Glasgow – Awarded £1,800 to send eight staff on a cooker repair and PAT testing course as well as Train the Trainer to pass on skills in-house.
  • Mull & Iona Community Trust – Awarded £1,600 to train two technicians in PAT testing enabling collection of white goods for re-use for the first time
  • Furniture Plus, Dysart, Fife – Awarded £1,100 to send two staff on an City & Guilds-accredited electrical skills course, to allow greater repair and re-use of appliances.
  • RAMH, Paisley – Awarded £650 to train three staff members in upcycling skills.  These skills will then be cascaded internally as well as being used to host recycling workshops.  Aims to create social impact from upskilling as well as increased opportunities to generate funding through sales
  • Recycle Mobility – Awarded £1,800 to fully qualify one engineer to NVQ level in Electrical Engineering which will increase the level of repair and re-use of mobility equipment in the area.
  • Edinburgh Cyrenians – Awarded £1,800 to undertake a variety of upcycling training.  This will be used internally to create greater intended social benefits – upskilling and social inclusion and will result in offsetting costs to Cyrenians as bespoke upcycled furniture, for example, can be provided, rather than buying new.
  • The Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy can be read here: http://www.gov.scot/makingthingslast

    Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.

  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.

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