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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.

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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

Kat Higgins @ 9-2-3 Jobs Manchester

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As she's based in Manchester too, we thought we'd shoot over our quick fire #nothernflex interview to Kat who's heading up our NEW office there who tells us all about her ideal working week and what she loves about the City.

1. Tell us a little about you?

I have lived in the North-West all of my life and adore Manchester. It's been amazing to see how its changed over the years. I'm a mama of two and a fiancée to my long term partner and I am blessed to currently work virtually shouting about 923 and flexi-working across Manchester but overall it means I am around for my family - here to wipe the tears (or bums) when I need to and not to miss out on those precious memories.

2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

It has to be Spinningfields. There is nothing nicer than nipping to an outdoor bar (when the sun is out) and having a drink or two.

3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

Doing what I am doing now! Working around my family and when I am most productive.

4. Fave Manchester band/song?

I have a few favourite Manchester bands from the Stone Roses to Elbow to Oasis. But the song closest to my heart is Oasis 'Live Forever' as it reminds me of a dear friend of ours that sadly passed away.

5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?

Because it makes me and so many others happier. Work no-longer feels like a chore but somewhere I can use my skills effectively and to the best of my ability. I have the best of both worlds - work; where I feel challenged and rewarded, so I am always going to go the 'extra-mile' and home; where I can be everything and more to my beautiful family. Happy employee, happy employer!From a childcare perspective - it also saves us money!

If you’d like to reach out to Kat to get more information about working/ employing flexibly in Manchester, please contact her at kat@923jobs.com

#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.