Sam's sustainable future

Sustainability is at the heart of Sam Coggins business approach. The 27-year-old is passionate about the circular economy and the role his family company can play in driving that agenda forward.

Sam is managing director of The Coggin Group, a leading supplier of sustainable office furniture. The Forton-based business also refurbishes and upcycles unwanted office furniture as well as disposing of it ethically.

The company started life as agricultural merchants in the late 1960s, founded by Sams grandparents, making the switch to office furniture when farming took a hit from the 2008 recession.

Sam joined the business in 2011 after leaving school to become a landscape gardener and later working in the plumbing trade. He says: I came into the business and stared by sweeping the yard. Ive learned from the ground up.

He adds: We support businesses across Lancashire with office furnishing solutions, furniture refurbishment and office clearance services. We can provide them with quality, new and affordable upcycled furniture.

Upcycling office furniture is now part of a wider business philosophy to create a more ‘circular economy’.

Upcycling office furniture is now part of a wider business philosophy to create a more ‘circular economy’

The business works with facility management companies across all sectors and its customers range from large corporate organisations to SMEs.

Sam is proud of its achievements so far, which include upcycling more than 100,000 pieces of office furniture and diverting more than 150,000 used furniture products from landfill.

Annual turnover has doubled over three years to £500,000 as sustainability and the green agenda becomes increasingly more important to businesses.

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact, but the long-term plan remains more growth. A new general manager was appointed during lockdown and a sales manager is soon to follow. Sam says: This year has been a learning curve for us.

He adds: We are seeking more investment in the future and more partnerships. We believe there is a lot more to come from us. We are going for growth.

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