Having met Sue Whitfield, managing director of social enterprise, Phase at The Business Network South Humberside, Delaney Marling Partnership can happily say we are part of the team who helped to turn her dream into reality.
Sue bought a former bed shop in Scunthorpe and just a few weeks the doors will open on 186-188 High Street providing four self-contained flats to add to Phase’s accommodation portfolio, a workshop, an area for up-cycling and recycling furniture, and retail space.
Phase provides accommodation, employment opportunities, and support to young people who need extra help to move forward in life and is an additional project for Sue as the founder of Salvage Row in Scunthorpe, which is a not-for-profit shop selling recycled and restored furniture.
Having been a member of The Business Network South Humberside since 2016, Sue met up with Simon Delaney from DMP and David Ettridge of Ettridge Architecture Ltd.
DMP provided the survey and feasibility study, ran the tendering process to find the builders, and project managed the work, while Ettridge produced the architectural drawings.
The Business Network South Humberside meets once a month in either Scunthorpe or Grimsby. Members enjoy a free seminar before open networking and then a sit-down lunch.
Sue Whitfield said: “I haven’t the first clue about construction, tendering, etc, and I think meeting people in the network who shared the same social values as Phase, was really important.”
Simon Delaney said: “Sue started talking about what she wanted to do, and I based my talk to link with her project and how, before anybody buys a property, we can get a survey done, and we took it from there.”
“We like to help charities when we can, and we were happy to help Phase.”
“We got on with Sue and we thought it would be a good project to work on. Without the network, we would never have known about the project because we would never have met.”
Young people supported by Phase were also able to gain new skills through being given the opportunity to work with the builders to develop skills such as wood planing and joinery. Phase staff members also contributed to the project by helping to fit the kitchens.
Karen Locking, host of the Business Network South Humberside, said: “It’s great to know that the network and its no-pressure referral system is helping to improve business opportunities in the local community.”