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9-2-3 is a recruitment agency that specialises in placing high quality candidates into jobs with hours that fit in around the school run.



Case studies and thoughts on the working Mum in today's workplace


#northernflex - Shouting about the love of flex up North with.....

Helen Wright



1. Tell us a little about you? (work, family, location etc) 

I live in South Manchester with my husband, our 7 year old daughter and 3 year old twin sons. 

I'm a childrenswear designer and have been with the same company for over 11 years. I've worked part time since having my daughter and now work during school hours (so 3 days split over 4 Mon-Thurs). I'm able to do the drop offs/pick ups and be there for that after school/dinner time/homework wind down. These are 'set hours' but if I ever have to shuffle my hours around a bit or work on an evening it's never been a problem. Everyone is a winner in this situation.. I still hit all of my deadlines and do a good job, I miss the rush hour traffic and the kids and I have our valuable time together through the week.

2. Your fave spot in Manchester? 

Probably the cafe at Whitworth Art Gallery... a big glass box surrounded by trees!!

3. How would you describe your ideal working week? 

Close to what I currently work. I would say working during school hours as the core of the job and working during the early evening if I have to shuffle my day around due to school plays/special events etc.

4. Fave Manchester band/song?

It changes all the time but at the minute its Ceremony by New Order.

5. Why does flexible working appeal to you? So many reasons. I've had many conversations with people with and without kids about it. I feel like it's a shift that needs to finally happen to suit our modern way of living. It's great for people's well being and the economy.. it helps equalise the workplace when it comes to working mothers and fathers and ultimately would play a big part in closing the gender pay gap. I want to spend time with my children when they finish school for the day and be proud of my design work.. flexible working allows me to do this.

#northernflex - Shouting about the love of flex up North with.....

Helen Wright

Louis Georgiou, Code Computerlove

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1. Tell us a little about you? (work, family, location etc)

I’m a husband and father of two young children, aged 10 and 5.  We live in Altrincham and I take the Metrolink to work in Manchester City Centre every day.  I’m the Managing Director of Code Computerlove, we’re a digital agency with around 100 staff, based in the Northern Quarter.


2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

My favourite area doesn’t exist anymore, well since the Manchester bomb it’s now the Triangle near Selfridges.  Back when I was a student it was a flea market called the Corn Exchange (a bit like Affleck’s Palace) and it’s where I collected all my Beatles & 60’s records and imported Japanese video games 


3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

I love being in the office, but I know I’m more productive when I’m totally by myself.  So my ideal working week has me working from home for a day or two, speeding through a backlog of work I’ve been meaning to get to for a while – it’s very satisfying!


4. Fave Manchester band/song?

Tough question as there’s so many!  I’d say The Stone Roses are my favourite Manchester band, but my favourite song by a Manchester band is ‘Hymn from a Village’ by James.


5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?

I’m probably a workaholic, I love what I do and so work is intricately woven into my life.  I’ve got a family and 2 young children so I do need to juggle my work and family lives so I need flexibility to be able to do that.

#northernflex - shouting about the love of flex up North with.....

Helen Wright

Sally Hunter, Account Director at Equator, Manchester.


Here’s Sally at Equator Design (who do some really great stuff by the way..), taking part in our #northernflex campaign. The team here LOVE a work/life balance and are really creative about implementing this. Take a read of Sally’s interview here on her fave spots in Manchester and why she loves working at Equator.

1. Tell us a little about you?

Yorkshire born and raised, came to Manchester to study at University and never left. I am one of 3 sisters, 3 of us are triplets and from a very close knit family. I have a husband called Ian and the love of my life, my German Shepard, Foxy! 

2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

My favourite spot in Manchester.... There’s so many amazing ones to choose from! I love Mexican so Luck, Pistol and Burn is a great place for good food and wine and also Mackie Major if there is a big group. Great place with multiple food vendors and great selection of drinks!

3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

My ideal working week would be a mixture of being in the office and at home, working closely with the team and being in front of the client. Client interaction is my favourite part as you get great satisfaction from this when a job is done well.

4. Fave Manchester band/ song?

Oasis 100%, don’t look back in anger!

5. Why does Flexible Working appeal to you? 

As an agency we pride ourselves on a family environment and flexible working appeals to this culture. We have certain incentives of flexible working such as bringing your dog into work, weekly breakfasts and beer Fridays. All of which are a great way to say thank you for all the hard work they have put in!

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us at 9-2-3, then do feel free to contact who would love to have a chat with you!