Sir, this suits you: Suit Works and REACH eco-housing interviews

Photo of Vanda Kewley of The Suit Works, Simbarashe Mandizvizda, and Kyle Odister

Vanda Kewley of The Suit Works, Simbarashe Mandizvizda, and Kyle Odister

Vanda Kewley set up The Suit Works, a social enterprise providing a free service to help unemployed men of all ages to succeed at interview by building confidence and self esteem through personal styling.

Their clients receive a suit, shirt, tie and shoes and if needed an interview skills training session to help them be the best they can in job interviews.

I’d previously interviewed Vanda in November 2015 after The Suit Works won Sheffield SOUP. She returned to the radio station yesterday, with client Simbarashe (Simba) Mandizvizda, and Kyle Odister, a professional basketball player at Sheffield Sharks Basketball, who has been assisting The Suit Works through the Wosskow Brown Foundation.

This week’s radio show also includes an interview with Jon Johnson and Jordan Gell of the REACH housing project. REACH is a Sheffield-based social enterprise training apprentices to use reclaimed and recycled materials to build affordable eco-homes from shipping containers. Launched by ex-police inspector Jon Johnson, already running recycling-based social enterprise Strip the Willow, REACH got through to the semi-final of the national Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 pitch competition.

Here’s the podcast (timings are below):


  • 0 – 5:25 introductions and a reminder about the The UK Steel Y-Accelerator programme
  • 5:25 – 30:48 The Suit Works – Vanda Kewley, Simbarashe Mandizvizda and Kyle Odister
  • 30:48 – 53:29 REACH housing – Jon Johnson and Jordan Gell

More about the Business Live radio programme.

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