Local TV Chef and successful entrepreneur Mark Earnden, Founder of the award winning Food Education Company and Managing Director of TSYMCO (a food purchasing business offering much more than just procurement) has joined forces with Finchale to offer fresh, affordable and delicious food for events and conferences, training delegates, tenants and staff at Finchale’s site in Pity Me, Durham.

The partnership comes as Pity Me based charity, Finchale, which supports veterans, disabled and disadvantaged people and those with health inequalities, continues to build up its working relationships with organisations and marks the start of a relationship that will see Finchale’s existing commercial catering brand evolve and rise to the next level with the rebranded Phoenix Kitchen at its heart.

Founded by Mark Earnden and John Hambling, TYSMCO is a fusion of food and business which has made its name within the care home sector. The new partnership will support the development of Finchale’s hospitality and conference packages to simplify operations and improve the ongoing customer experience.

Mark said: “It gives me great pleasure to be working with Finchale. As a professional organisation with a keen interest in health and well-being we are totally committed to providing our clients with the highest quality culinary experience and enabling Finchale to take the commercial element of their business to the next level. The partnership gives us the opportunity to turn the strides already made within the events, conferencing and corporate bed and breakfast market into leaps and create memorable experiences for conference delegates, entertainment guests, tenants and employees for years to come. “

The newly branded Phoenix Kitchen is now open to the public Monday to Friday and will be serving an additional 200 individuals daily including; training delegates, staff, tenants as well as the charities clients including the disadvantaged, disabled and veterans. Services provided by the partnership will include breakfast, lunch, a grab and go service, corporate buffets as well as a restaurant service for training delegates and bed and breakfast guests.

In addition The Phoenix kitchen will also offer Fish and Chip Friday which is already proving popular with customers.


Mel Pears MBE, CEO at Finchale said: “Finchale wants every visitor to have a great experience. We are therefore delighted to be working in partnership with TSYMCO to deliver a high quality catering offer.

Finchale has offered facilities for conferences, meetings, training, bed & breakfast, lunches and other events for the past two years, and again we are delighted that TSYMCO will be working with us to offer these to an ever wider audience.“

To celebrate the rebranded Phoenix Kitchen a launch event will be taking place on Tuesday 21 st February 2017 from 12 until 2pm providing the perfect opportunity for local businesses to sample the fresh and delicious delights and find out more about the commercial packages available.

The door is always open at Finchale and anyone interested in finding out more about the commercial facilities available, or who is interested in attending the launch event, should contact the commercial team on 0191 386 2634 or email commercial@finchale.org