IKEA Coventry donates life-saving equipment to small businesses as it closes

IKEA Coventry may have closed, but they are continuing to play a part in the community by donating a vital, life-saving piece of equipment.

Pictured: Trish Willets, Coventry BID director, with the team from IKEA Coventry.

As IKEA Coventry continues the process of clearing out its store and taking down signage, erasing its footprint from the city, the furniture giant has kindly donated life-saving equipment to Coventry businesses.

The announcement was made earlier this year that IKEA Coventry would be closing in Summer 2020, but this was brought forward due to COVID-19 when all retail was forced to close in March.

The majority of its 325 staff have been offered alternative employment, with more than a quarter being re-deployed into other Coventry city centre businesses.

The team at IKEA Coventry donated a defibrillator, previously kept for emergencies in their store, to the Coventry Business Improvement District (BID).

Although there are already 10 defibrillators dotted around the city centre, the gesture from IKEA Coventry will allow the BID team – two of whom are fully trained in using a defibrillator – to offer the equipment to any of their businesses who do not currently have access to one.

At a time when there are so many changes to adapt to, this will certainly provide some additional reassurance to both business owners and customers alike.

Nadeem Yousaf, store manager at IKEA Coventry, shared their delight at being able to pass on the life-saving equipment.

“Throughout my time at IKEA Coventry, I have worked closely with [the BID team] and wanted to ensure that we did the best we possibly could for the city before we leave, as our way of saying thank you,” said Nadeem.

Trish Willetts, the Coventry Business Improvement District director, added: “We are of course incredibly sad to see Nadeem and the IKEA team leave our great city, but through their kind gesture they are continuing to play a part in Coventry via the legacy of donating this vital piece of equipment.

“Having the defibrillator will enable a swifter and more effective response to incidents, giving those involved the best outcome possible and the wider community more confidence in Coventry city centre, safe in the knowledge that whoever you are, you will be looked after here.”