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Phoenix News

We would like to share with you an article written about a visit from Interact which has been shared on the community page of The Cambridge Independent. Especially relevant now as some of this generous donation was used towards our new fence which with help from the Phoenix family is now complete.

The Phoenix Trust received a very special visitor carrying an amazing gift. Malcolm Howting, Chairman of local professional networking group Interact, visited The Phoenix Trust with a cheque for four thousand pounds allocated from Interact’s annual charitable funds.

Various causes had been nominated by members of Interact at their annual AGM and it was decided that this year The Phoenix Trust, which had been nominated by COEL, would be the appointed charity. The Phoenix Trust is based on the outskirts of Milton Country Park and is very much a grassroots local charity. Their incredible team offers adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and /or challenging behaviour the opportunity to gain work experience and life skills that will assist them in seeking employment and achieving their potential.

The busy team make a wide variety of products at their premises, to sell to the public; everything from: paving slabs, garden ornaments, arbors, and mud kitchens, to bird boxes, planters and trellises in all shapes and sizes. The last two years of restrictions and changing regulations have been immensely hard for the charity, especially given the much needed social structure it provides for its team. With COVID restrictions now ended in the UK, The Phoenix are in full swing and their centre is hosting all manner of exciting products to enhance your outdoor space as well as running their cake baking service.

Malcolm Howting reflects on his visit:

“I was amazed by my recent visit to The Phoenix Trust; you couldn’t meet a more enterprising or positive group of people. Their work ethic and pride in doing their job well is exemplary and the productivity within their team is staggering. We hope the money Interact has donated will help The Phoenix Trust develop the many plans they have and for their incredible team to thrive.”

Phoenix Trust was delighted to be approached by final year students studying Marketing at the University of Hertfordshireto assist with an assignment to investigate ethical consumerism and its interface with social enterprises. The feedback from the students was illuminating, with two key marketing themes emerging – the need for Phoenix to demonstrate more clearly our sustainability credentials and engagement with the circular economy, and to celebrate the success and progression of our co-workers. Phoenix will certainly be looking at these two strands for development over the coming months. Two students, Lauren and Will, were judged, by Senior Lecturer, Nicky Shevlane, to have produced the best assignments, and Lauren also designed the article and informatic, featured here. Our thanks to Will, Lauren, Nicky and all the students who participated – it was a great project to be involved in and has provided us with some valuable fresh insights.

We have bowed to the inevitable and introduced a small increase to the price of our paving slabs, reflecting the much greater cost of the raw materials. This will be implemented from April 1st, and the new prices will be on our website. However, there is good news – although the increase doesn’t affect all concrete products, we are offering a 10-15% discount, on all orders placed before April 1st, secured by a deposit.

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