At Hardware Associates we have worked with a number of charities to update their IT suites and are proud to have worked alongside the NSPCC across their UK sites since 2017.

We were first put in contact with the charity after a word-of-mouth recommendation and created a plan to remove redundant IT assets and then resell them to donate the profits back to the NSPCC.

This process has been hugely successful and over the last two years we have been able to donate £18,000 back to the charity, including sponsorship to Shaun Gregory, one of the trustees, who raised a total of £54,000 running the London Marathon.

Since working with the NSPCC across multiple locations including London and Aberdeen, we have removed and data wiped over 1400 desktops and 600 laptops free of charge.

How our process works

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Whilst our process is in-depth and best practise, it is also very efficient for the NSPCC and other charities as we take care of every aspect and make it as simple as possible.

To understand our approach better, here is a breakdown of the core steps:

- We meet with the charity to understand the nature of the redundant IT

- We review the potential resale value

- We collect and remove the IT safely and securely

- We repair and refurbish the units and prepare them for resale

- We sell the stock and donate the profits directly to the charity

Refurbishment of the IT includes stringent data checks; we wipe asset logs, harddrives and rebuild them on their behalf. This is essential to protect the sensitive data of charities and is an important step before they can be resold.

In the event that any of the desktops or laptops cannot be refurbished, we recycle where possible.

How is our approach unique?

‘instead of costing them money, our approach earns them money’ - Bill Champness

We believe that we offer a very beneficial service for charities and our focus is to save organisations money as well as earn donation money from assets they no longer need. In short, this creates money from otherwise worthless equipment that in fact, they would have needed to pay another company to remove.

It’s important to note that at Hardware Associates we don’t charge charities for our work; we collect and remove, refurbish and sell stock for free, before donating the profits back to them.

This cyclical approach keeps as much money in the charity itself, which in turn can be used for their essential work.

Bill Champness, founder and managing director of Hardware Associates states, “We set-out and have achieved a process for charities that instead of costing them money, earns them money from hardware they can no longer use.

In this way, we offer our services to support them and their work and we’re delighted at the success of the relationship we’ve built with the NSPCC.

Looking ahead, we believe we can be the go-to IT refurbishment company for charities in the UK with this process. The whole team here are passionate about helping charities and through refurbishing their IT, also promoting eco-friendly technology use”.

Where does the refurbished hardware go?

To complete the progressive nature of our work with charities, it is common for the refurbished IT to be resold to the education sector. This allows schools and colleges to get the best possible price for their IT, giving their students access to fast, modern computers that may otherwise have fallen out of their budget.

As IT suites are typically refreshed every 2-3 years, price is a big consideration for any sector, but it’s sometimes the main factor for schools who have seen increased budget cuts in recent years. At the same time, students are now more ‘computer literate’ than any other generation meaning outdated tech can be off-putting and detrimental to their studying.

The important environmental impact

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There is also a huge environmental aspect to everything we do, which we’re finding is becoming more and more important to charities, schools and companies that we work with.

What does creating and selling refurbished IT equipment mean

- The mining of core minerals/natural resources is reduced

- Less landfill waste and computers are repaired, not thrown away

- The longevity of tech is improved

- Reduced carbon footprint for charities and businesses

By retrieving the IT from the NSPCC and others, we prevent it going into landfill and becoming waste. Instead, we refurbish it to increase its lifespan and period of usefulness. This means the core minerals mined to build the components, such as cobalt for lithium batteries are better used. At the same time, less resources need to be mined to build new desktops and laptops.

Cobalt is a huge talking point in the industry when it comes to being environmentally friendly; it is predicted there is only a 40 year supply remaining on the planet. With every new computer, the resources and core minerals are stretched and our shift has been to look at reusing materials as opposed to sourcing more.

Make an enquiry

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To discuss your IT with one of our team and how you too can benefit from our approach, please fill your details into the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions before submitting, please get in touch using our live chat on the bottom right-hand side of your screen. You can also call 01428 707900 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully working together to save money, donate money, and reduce your carbon footprint.

More about the NSPCC

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NSPCC stands for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and 90% of the charity’s funding comes from public donations. Funds are used to protect children and prevent abuse, with the aim of keeping children safe and free from neglect.

Founded over 100 years ago in 1884, in 2018 the NSPCC helped over 1.9 million children in the UK. As well as helping children who have been abused, they work to prevent abuse and run Childline (founded 1986), a non-profit helpline for children in need.

In addition to offering support for abused children, Childline also offers 24/7 advice to 18s and under on mental health, bullying, asylum, online safety and more.