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Syd Nadim: “I ended up with Jack Straw’s coffee table”

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“I bought 12 desks and chairs, cabinets and a coffee table that used to belong to Jack Straw," says Nadim. "It still has a Ministry of Justice sticker on it! That alone is probably worth £1,000. We got it for £90.”

Nadim set up digital marketing agency Clock in 1997. He’d just been made redundant for the second time, he had no means of raising cash and his parents’ house had been repossessed – so he applied to the Prince’s Trust Business Programme for a loan. He bought his office furniture from Green-Works not only because it saved him cash but because it’s a social enterprise. "It employs physically and socially disadvantaged people in depots across the country,” he explains. "The company is dedicated to reusing and recycling school and office furniture."

Jack Straw, who over-claimed for council tax for four years and admitted that “accountancy does not appear to be my strongest suit", would be well advised to check out the money-saving website, too.

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