H&BWRP IS AN AWARD WINNING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE set up in 2006 to take in waste wood for recycling. The wood is either prepared for re-sale or made into saleable furniture. Originally set up with the help of government funding under Fair Deal to take on trainees, usually long-term unemployed who were sent to the project via government-funded employment agencies. Several years down the line the funding has all but disappeared and business has had to evolve. It is now staffed by rich a mix of former-trainees, who are now volunteers and former volunteers who are now paid employees.
The project is run by one of the founders Mark Storr Hoggins (Ogs) and Stewart Walton a designer with years of experience who is responsible for the creative side including furniture, product design and manufacturing.