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Recycling in style: A look at the charity shop market in the UK

31 October 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

Over the past few years, the growing number of charity shops has been one of the many topics of debate across the country. The social benefits of these stores can’t be denied, offering those in need a source of low-cost clothing, homewares and support during tough economic times. Aside from the benefits to customers, charity shops also raise money, awareness and exposure of social issues for a broad range of causes. Volunteer staff also benefit from working in these stores, being a first job for many or a way to build confidence and learn new skills. However the business rate relief they enjoy means that they can occupy valuable units at a fraction other retailers would be required to pay. 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from LDC

21 December 2016 by Sarah Phillips

With only 2 working days to go, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. As is tradition at LDC, we don't send Christmas cards out. Instead, we have opted to donate £500 to worthwhile charity Ambitious about Autism. We have chosen this charity as we want to help to fund the important work that it does to provide young people with autism with the support and resources they need to become a success in life.

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Manchester to London. Cycling. In a Day.

06 October 2015 by Mark Colgan

A month ago, Barnaby Oswald (Managing Director at The Local Data Company) took part in an incredible charity event which involved cycling from Manchester to London...in a day! Yes, that's 220 miles in a day! Read about his experience and observations from the challenge below...

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