They make good use of the things we throw away

DEDICATED husband-and-wife team John and Margaret Mann freely admit that making money is not their number one motivation in business.

The couple run The Re-Use Centre in Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, in Milton Keynes, where they do what it says on the tin.

Margaret & John Mann

Margaret & John Mann

The Re-Use Centre takes office equipment, clothing, wedding dresses and any manner of other people’s discarded items and either sells them to raise cash for Alzheimer’s or gives items away to needy people.

Mrs Mann said: “The Milton Keynes community is at the heart of the Re-Use Centre. If it wasn’t for the people and companies that bring stuff to us and the help we received from the Milton Keynes Chamber, it wouldn’t have happened.”

The Re-Use Centre won the award for Commitment to Social Responsibility at the Milton Keynes & North Bucks Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards last year.

The couple, who aim to create a Community Interest Company, say winning has helped them increase their profile in the community and make contacts.

Mrs Mann said: “I am really proud of what we do and how we are doing it.”

They gave away a donated mobility scooter to an 85-year-old and it changed her life, allowing the OAP to go to bingo, she added.

The Re-Use Centre needs white goods, to meet demand. Visit