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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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Case studies and thoughts on flexible working today.

 

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

Helen Wright

Sally Hunter, Account Director at Equator, Manchester.

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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 kat@923jobs.com who would love to have a chat with you!


#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