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

Helen Wright

Simon Biltcliffe, CEO of Marketing and Print Agency, Webmart

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Here's Simon @webmart taking part in our #northernflex - all of Simon's team work flexibly and here, he tells us why this is the right decision for his business...

1. Tell us a little about you?

Simon Biltcliffe, CEO of Marketing and Print Agency with offices in Bicester, Barnsley and East Kilbride. Proud father of 2 daughters. Marxist-Capitalist. Currently living down South near Bicester but heart will always be in Barnsley! Recent new Trustee of Barnsley Football Club.

2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

Wythenshawe at my brother’s house!

3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

Up at 6 and at home by 6. On Tuesdays doing my DIY MBA day (reading about different business strategies whilst listening to some good tunes out of the office. No emails, phone calls or distractions.) Then out and about seeing as many people as possible, driving around in my Hyundai Ioniq, the greatest best low cost car you get and environmentally friendly too!

4. Fave Manchester band/song? Oasis – Super Sonic.

5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?

Flexible working helps us to keep our team happy. We can retain the best talent as circumstances change in their life, such as moving or starting a family. Technology allows us to stay in touch and keep them involved in the business. It’s worth us being flexible it have and keep the best team.

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

Helen Wright

Laura Mott from @flexandthecitymcr

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1. Tell us a little about you?

I have lived in Sale, South Manchester for 8 years and love living in the North West.  I am currently a freelance social media and project manager working remotely from home.  I am a mum to an almost teenage son and a young daughter.  My husband does the school drop off, whilst I pick up and juggle most of the things in between. 

2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

Walkden Gardens.  Its a wonderful hidden gem recently named one of the top ten happiest views by Harpers Bizaar.  It's known as the maze for it's many secret "rooms" and it's the best place for an epic game of hide n seek. A little oasis in the city and a fantastic place to get away for a few mins of peace. I feel very lucky to have it on our doorstep. 

3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

To be busy, productive and organised. I distribute my work across school hours and sometimes catch up in the evenings once the kids are in bed. Planning is key as is communication, especially when working remotely with clients.  Working from home can be lonely so a perfect week would also include lunch with friends or others in the same working from home boat as me.   

4. Fave Mancunian song?

One of my favourite running songs is Charlemagne by the Blossoms.  Dont Look Back In Anger always gets me singing and I'm not ashamed to admit I love a bit of Take That (a partly Mancunian band). 

5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?

For me it's all about managing the jugglestruggle and working flexibly around family life.  But in general, it seems common sense to me that working in a way that finds a better balance between work, life and family is going to improve your mental well being and thereby empower you to approach the time you spend working in a more positive and productive manner.  I see that everyday in my work and the work of others around me. I want to be there for my kids parents evenings and assemblies but I don't believe that having children should equal the end of my career aspirations.  I can work succesfully without compromising my career goals, if given a bit of flexibility. 

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

Helen Wright

Danielle Ayres - Senior Associate Solicitor at Gorvins, Manchester

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1. Tell us a little about you?

I was born and bred, and still live, in Manchester. I am an employment solicitor, specialising in pregnancy and maternity discrimination cases. I work 4 days a week as I am also a mum to 2 young boys. My husband and I “share the load” in respect of School drop-offs and pick-ups.

2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

I recently had the opportunity of doing the Bee in the City trail with my sons. It allowed us to see so much of the amazing City we live in, and visit lots of the lovely buildings. We got to go in Manchester Cathedral and didn’t realise what a gorgeous building it was until then - despite living here all my life.

3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

Would be to finish on a Friday not having to worry about how much I had to do the next week, in terms of workloads and distributing that amongst my working days and also the worry of juggling the kids drop-offs, getting into work on time, finishing jobs off at work to then have to leave and pick kids up from after school club.

4. Fave Manchester inspired music?

Not necessarily Mancunian but I am, and have always been, a massive Take That fan, so anything by them (some of them coming from Manchester) would be my preference.

5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?

It allows me to have a work-life balance. It means that I can continue to do a job I love but not have to miss out on dropping my children off at school, picking them up and being there for carol concerts, assemblies and parents evenings and spending time with them during the summer holidays.