We helped the leadership team of Tearfund leadership seize the opportunity to do more than just upgrade the infrastructure of their 1930’s building in Teddington, which housed their 350 employees. They realised this was also the time to bring the organisation into the new millennium, to replace the tired and ageing interior and to drive some cultural change too.

The senior team became fully engaged in the holistic nature of the project and the all-encompassing task of changing cultural behaviours as well as the physical nature of the building interior. “We wanted to make Tearfund fit for purpose for the next generation,” says Gordon May, head of IT and leader of the project. “We were impressed with the way Kinnarps approached an assigment… thinking more about how the furniture would be used and what purpose it served, rather than just a commodity sale. Their sense of corporate responsibility, sustainability and culture were underplayed and yet were clearly something that reflected our own way of thinking.”

“Kinnarps have been a partner in the project rather than merely a supplier. Their advice on what would fit best in our varied spaces was invaluable and their installation team were superb. I expect the furniture to last and still look good the next time we refurbish, which may not be for a long time!”

Tearfund’s Facilities Manager Andrew Gill

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"Kinnarps have helped us in really practical ways to bring to life the idea of making our space more flexible and build on the relational nature of the organisation. They have partnered with us in not spending the earth, either environmentally or financially, and in delivering something that I believe will enhance the way we work, rather than constraining it".

Nick Chinnery, Finance Director & Project Chair