Tom and Ryan Armitage from nursing and care recruitment agency, 247 Professional Health, paid us a visit to explain why Manchester is a great place to work and some top tips for startups to follow.
Tom and Ryan Armitage – 247 Professional Health
What’s your name, position and where do you work?
Tom: My name’s Tom Armitage, I’m Head of Sales.
Ryan: I’m Ryan Armitage, I’m Head of Operations at 247 Professional Health.
Describe your business in one sentence.
Ryan: We’re a nursing and care recruitment agency. The franchise is a business model.
What separates you from the competition?
Tom: What separates us from the competition is, each franchise is their own director. They’ve got the personal touch on the business, they want to develop it more so than other franchises that will have a manager in place. They have their own personal touch on the business so they want it to succeed.
What have been the highlights of your company so far?
Ryan: We’ve had a number of different highlights over the years but a very recent one was the NHS research framework agreement. We became a supplier in the North West of England. We’re a Tier One over in Merseyside, but we supply Manchester hospitals for nursing and care staff.
What qualities are needed to succeed in your industry?
Tom: I think you definitely need to be a people person, you need to be able to interview people, fill them with confidence that you’ve got the right job role for them and that you will find them shifts. Also, be professional, be able to talk to clients, know what you’re talking about and, be able to, again, fill them with confidence that you’ll get them the right staff.
Why do new businesses choose Manchester?
Ryan: I think new businesses choose Manchester because it’s a vibrant city. There’s a lot of skilled people in Manchester. Every time we come to recruit in Manchester, there’s always people who’ve got a great skill level, just looking for some extra shifts or some extra work. The clients we’ve got, they’re all diverse clients, great people all pushing to strive the best they can and that’s why people choose Manchester, I think.
Who are some local companies you would recommend?
Ryan: Local companies I recommend, there’s a charity called Birtenshaw. I’ve worked with them for a few years, there’s just some fantastic individuals involved in that service there. Brilliant.
Who do you think are the most influential people in the local business scene?
Ryan: An influential person that I deal with is a guy called David Reed, the Chief Exec of Birtenshaw. I love talking to David, he’s full of knowledge and he’s a great person to work alongside with.
Do you have any advice for new businesses in Manchester?
Tom: I’d just say don’t start off with any big overheads. Focus on getting business on at the start.
Ryan: Keep your eye on your cash flow.
Tom: Yeah, definitely. I think being a master of your own destiny, do that, work hard and I think everything else will fall into place.
Ryan: But make sure you give yourself a break.
What’s the main benefit of working in Manchester?
Tom: I think that the main benefit of working in Manchester is, you know, the businesses, they’re all very active businesses. You know, there’s a lot of business that goes on, there’s a lot of people. There’s a lot of stuff going on in Manchester all the time, whether it be on social media, or with business or whether there’s a lot of stuff going on in Manchester so a lot of people are used to a fast working environment.
Ryan: We’ve got some fantastic clients in Manchester with some great services and some great staff. It’s a pleasure to deal with everyone and everyone’s up for it, you know, proactive.
Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in Manchester?
Tom: I think both of our favourite place to eat is probably San Carlo.
Ryan: Yeah, and I like to have a drink in Epernay cocktails
Tom: Mine’s Alchemist, you see.
Have you got any final words?
Ryan: We recently got the NHS Framework agreement so we can supply nursing staff so Band 2s upto Band 9, we’re desperate for any nursing staff looking for doing some extra shifts, one shift a week, full time, across the North West of England.
Tom: And to work in the private sector as well, nursing homes, private independent hospitals, out in the community.
Ryan: Support workers as well.
Tom: Thanks for watching my name’s Tom Armitage
Ryan: I’m Ryan Armitage.
Tom: We’re 247 Professional Health.
Together: This was huddled.