Who are we?

Formed in 2019, Recovery Connections Enterprise incorporates four businesses: 131 The Venue, Fork in the Road Cafe, Bloom Florists and The Fork in the Road - Stage One.


In addition to offering great services, our core mission is to help people across the Tees Valley to get back into employment through our work experience, training and volunteering programme. Our social enterprise hub offers the perfect setting for this and for the local community to gather, engage and thrive.

We are proud to be part of the Recovery Connections family.

The Team


Neil Slade

General Manager

Born and bred in Middlesbrough, Neil has built a successful career in the hospitality industry spanning some thirty years, with key managerial positions at leading hotels and premium spa facilities across the UK. Neil leads the team in enabling positive people development and empowering volunteers to make confident changes on their road to recovery whilst offering them a step up, into the world of employment.


Nicola Menzies

Head Florist, Bloom Florists

Having been in the floristry industry for over seven years, Nic (as she likes to be known) really knows her stuff! Her career started at college followed by volunteering, working in a retail setting then onto creating floral masterpieces for weddings before we were lucky enough to have her with us.


Emily Davies

Marketing & Communications Officer

With a variety of experience in a wide range of sectors, Emily is the creative behind all of the internal and external marketing and communications for Recovery Connections Enterprise Ltd and Recovery Connections charity.


Volunteer with us

With four different businesses within our social enterprise hub, there are plenty of opportunities and experiences to have.

There are lots of things to learn, some of which come with accredited training, such as:

- Barista skills

- Food hygiene

- Logistics, stock control, waste management

- Flower arranging

- Front of house 

In addition to our offering, there is also the potential for partnering with external organisations for placements and experience. If there is anything specific you'd love to try, please let us know when enquiring.

Recovery Connections has a community garden that welcomes support from volunteers, both individuals and corporate groups. 

To find out more about volunteering with us, email