Futures colleagues recently gathered to celebrate the completion of a long-awaited makeover at its Leabrooks depot in Derbyshire.

A base for repairs and ground maintenance operatives, the event saw colleagues come together as Group Chief Executive Lindsey Williams led the celebrations. The refurbishment has included new open plan office and meeting workspaces and a bigger warehouse to keep more stock needed for customers' homes.

Lindsey said: “I’m delighted to see this much needed work come to an end and look so marvellous and on brand with our other offices. So many colleagues have done us proud by delivering a workspace that’s fit for our business needs. By working together we’ve achieved a significant transformation, and we now have an environment that’s inclusive, inspiring and encourages teamwork – which ultimately results in a better outcome for our customers!”

We also recognised three colleagues who between them have over 129 years of service at Futures. A big congratulations went to Andy, Paul and Richard for their outstanding long service, with Andy topping 45 years, Paul 44 years and Richard will hit 40 years at the end of January.

Paul Hodgkinson, Senior Gas Engineer & Plumber said: “I’d like to pass on a huge thanks, not only for the gift but also for all the kind words. It was very humbling to realise what people think of you and how fortunate we are to be part of a great team.”

Teams throughout Futures worked together with workplace design company Blueprint Interiors, on the creation and delivery of the makeover, which resulted in the depot being transformed in just over 16 weeks.

A main goal of the project was to create as little waste as possible, so we donated items we no longer had a use for, such as tables, chairs and microwaves to charity Salcare. 

Jacqui Bell, Director of Services at Salcare said: "We're really thankful for Futures' donation, these furniture items will be used to support families in need in our local community. Many of our clients come to us with nothing and are in desperate need, with Futures' support we can help them build their new lives."