More than just a suit

Raising funds to help unemployed men and women make that crucial positive first impression in an interview and gain successful employment.

We did it!

On 31st Dec 2017 we successfully raised £62 with 2 supporters in 55 days

Suited for Success is raising funds to develop our work so we can further our mission to support unemployed men and women into employment. Make a financial pledge of any amount or take a look at our fantastic rewards that will make great gifts for family, friends and loved ones just in time for Christmas.


Making a great first impression is vital for anyone attending a job interview. But for many unemployed men and women, the expense of buying a new suit is unattainable, especially when struggling to get by on benefits, have recently been homeless or just released from prison. Not having interview skills or being able to afford an interview suit can be a huge barrier to employment for many unemployed men and women.

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Suited for Success is responding to a big need in the city and bridges a provision gap to support unemployed people to look the part, feel the part and act the part and successfully get through a job interview with confidence and gain employment that could change their life.  Gently worn suits and smart clothing is generously donated by professional men and women who work in the city.

Unemployed men and women are referred to Suited for Success for a one-to-one appointment where they are given job interview preparation skills then dressed and styled in a free smart interview outfit giving them the confidence they need to make that positive first impression and get a job that could change their life.

Unemployment capital
432c5d182dcc6d520d2fed3aae8558b4316da578Figures released by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted Birmingham as having the highest unemployment figures of the core cities in the UK (outside of London). Recent unemployment figures by Birmingham City Council show 32,000 working-aged men and women are unemployed in the city at 6.4% compared to the national average of 2.5%.

These shocking statistics bring home the enduring problems of high unemployment in Birmingham where people are experiencing entrenched poverty caused by worklessness.

Many clients referred to us may have experienced long-term unemployment, have a history of ex-offending, drug abuse, homelessness, poverty and many other life challenges. This results in low self-esteem and confidence that becomes a barrier to finding employment. Being prepared, looking and feeling the part for an interview is a step towards succeeding in finding that crucial job and getting their life back on track...

Take a look at a picture gallery of amazing transformation pictures on our website.

Changing lives one suit at a time

Colmin is just one of the over 300 unemployed clients we have supported since opening our centre in January 2017. After being helped by Suited for Success Colmin was successful in an interview and got a job back in refrigeration repairs. Feeding back after his interview the business manager said Colmin was well 'suited' for the job:

“The manager said I oozed confidence at the interview. 7ea40cf74b26da70d61c1040a4a12183c2247972I’ve got the experience and I charmed the pants off him, so he said I would work well with the customers. I felt so confident in the interview because of the suit you gave me. I felt well dressed, I felt good. I looked the part, felt the part so acted the part. When the interviewer looked at me he didn’t see someone who came out of the gutter."

Read Colmin's full story and more client stories on our Suited for Success website

More Than Just a Suit

Suited for Success celebrates it's one year anniversary in January 2018. Our 'More Than Just a Suit' crowdfunding campaign is raising funds so we can expand the impact of our work and help tackle the growing issue of unemployment in the city. We are expanding several strands to our work to reach and support more unemployed men and women in Birmingham into work including:

1c90f5a925ab415bfa4839177353cc120b8755b41) A dedicated interview coaching service - unemployed men and women can book a one-to-one mock interview appointment or coaching session to prepare for their up and coming guaranteed job interview. This will help to increase their confidence, eliminate fears and address any barriers. Clients can also book an appointment to review an unsuccessful interview.

2) An aftercare programme - offering clients a drop-in service to support them in the first few weeks/months of their new job to help retain their employment (including one-to-one mentouring, financial advice, workshops or just a cup of tea and a listening ear).

3) Suited for Success workshops -  Half-day and full-day workshops preparing people for an interview. The workshop helps people to increase their confidence and improve their interview performance including dressing for success, using positive body language and creating an excellent first impression.


Thank you for supporting Suited for Success

Your financial donation pledges will help us to continue our work and help to make a real, lasting difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged unemployed people in Birmingham. More information, pictures, client stories and testimonies about our work can also be found on www.suitedforsuccess.co.uk

Amazing rewards just in time for Christmas

 We're working with city businesses who kindly support our work to offer AMAZING rewards for our Crowdfunder. Our rewards will make great Christmas gifts for friends and family and you'll be making a difference too!!!

Rewards with Park Regis Hotel Birmingham 

Park Regis Birmingham is a luxury 4* hotel in the heart of the city boasting 271 guest rooms, suites and apartments, a luxury spa, two restaurants and a Skybar with breathtaking views of Birmingham's skyline.

As a local charity right on their doorstep Suited for Success is so grateful for the kind support from Park Regis Birmingham. We're really excited to offer these exciting discounted Park Regis Hotel Birmingham vouchers as Crowdfunder rewards to help raise funds for our work.

19f07f098b20f95bb73639cdc024c716659b951cRewards 1 - Wine & Dine in luxury at Park Regis Birmingham including: An overnight stay for two including two-course meal ( with a bottle of wine) and breakfast pledge just £90 (7 x vouchers available)

212bec63844e9bc062162a714ca87c37edfdb94bRewards 2 - Enjoy a back, neck and shoulder massage in the luxury Shakina urban spa pledge just £26 ( 2 x vouchers available)

 Visit the Park Regis Birmingham website:- www.parkregisbirmingham.co.uk


Brand New with tags original Burberry Coats

We get some 'amazing' donations of suits and smart clothing.  For our Crowdfunder we're giving away four brand new Burberry Coats with tags on that have been donated to Suited for Success for a financial pledge donation of just £150 for each coat.

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Reward 3 - Size 50 Regular (medium)
Reward 4 - Size 56 Regular (XL) x 2
Reward 5 - Size 58 Regular (XXL)

(For collection only)


Clements and Church tailored suits

Clements and Church are regular supporters of Suited for Success since our launch in January 2017. We have received several generous donations of gorgeous shirts, suits, jackets coats and accessories.The bespoke tailors have five UK stores in Birmingham, Solihull, Leamington Spa, Oxford and Beaconsfield delivering tailoring expertise.

Below are a selection of beautifully tailored pre-owned/preloved tailored Clements and Church suits worn once or twice in excellent condition (modelled by one of our fab volunteer Abs) recently donated to Suited for Success (usual retail price for a tailored Clements and Church suit is between £800 - £1200) - Pledge just £65 to get your hands on one of these gorgeous suits.

5cfaa524ff5cdc3beae959dc397ca9f1ddb6e0deReward 6 - Preloved blue checked two-piece tailored Clements and Church suit.(excellent condition)

Jacket chest size: 38 (regular)
Trouser waist: 33 (regular)

(For collection only)

941aa6c3bb5b51ea62870fb7d30cb58dd63e0581Reward 7 - Preloved grey checked three-piece tailored Clements and Church tailored suit. (excellent condition)

Jacket chest size: 38 (regular)
Trouser waist: 33 (regular)

(For collection only)

a1c994dd3b2fbdc5b83632fd9cfc1f1d64888fbcReward 8 - Preloved grey stripped three-piece tailored Clements and Church tailored suit. (excellent condition)

Jacket chest size: 37 (long)
Trouser waist: 32 (regular)

(For collection only)


92ad73e9dbd52313963be5e2a84b72b1b4828c19Reward 9 -  Preloved grey stripped three-piece tailored Clements and Church tailored suit. (excellent condition)

Jacket chest size: 38 (regular)
Trouser waist: 33 (regular)

(For collection only)

Visit the Clements and Church website:- www.clementsandchurch.co.uk


A chocolate experience  with The Chocolate  Quarter 

Based in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter The Chocolate Quarter is a chocolate lovers dream packed with luxury chocolate gifts.  Providing an alternative to the mediocre, mass-produced chocolates available in supermarkets and high streets including intense and uniquely flavoured artisan chocolate truffles and luxury and bespoke gift boxes perfect for special occasions. The Chocolate Quarter is also the only chocolatier outside of London to offer full chocolate experiences in a working chocolaterie for groups as small as 1 to 15.

968d8d0f44523f0d76e1ebab3813fc7ad306cd34Reward 10 -  A private 2 hour bean to bar experience for two people lead by master chocolatiers.

You will experience a range of skills from grinding cocoa nibs, learning to change the chocolate composition and percentage of your bar and how to temper your own chocolate by hand all in a relaxed and casual environment topped off with an indulgent chocolate fondue feast and prosecco. Pledge just £100(only one voucher available)

Visit the Chocolate Quarter website: www.thechocolatequarter.com




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