Mum’s work-life business

Single mum Sacha Atherton, from Hucknall,  is starting a recruitment business aimed at finding flexible work for parents
Single mum Sacha Atherton, from Hucknall, is starting a recruitment business aimed at finding flexible work for parents

A single mum from Hucknall has launched a recruitment agency which aims to find flexible jobs for parents who want to find the perfect work-life balance.

Sacha Atherton left her job as a product manager in September last year when her employer wouldn’t support her when her daughter Jaya, four, started school at Holy Cross RC Primary School.

Although her Premier Parents has not yet been launched, the public have already donated over £300 through the online crowdsourcing platform Crowdfunder.

Sacha said: “Jaya started school and I wanted to reduce my hours and they wouldn’t let me do that. I struggled to find flexible or part time work in the area.

“I was quite surprised by the lack of roles available in the area. So I decided to take it into my own hands.”

The experience inspired her to start a recruitment and career consultancy focused on giving parents the career opportunities and work life balance they deserve.

She said: “I want to encourage UK businesses to be more supportive to the ever growing demographic of working parents that want to maintain their career, but not at the cost of their families.”

Sacha, 30, of Bakewell Lane, is currently supported by the Princes Trust and has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise £1,000 to fund some coffee and careers events to get the word out what she is trying to do.

She hopes this will boost her application for a business loan from the Trust in March to cover market testing, marketing and promotion.

She said: “It’s for someone who is in work who wants a more flexible role, or someone who is looking for a flexible employer, or someone looking for a job that allows them to strike a balance. It might not necessarily be part time - it might include working from a home a day a week.

“The big difference between me and the current recruitment market is that I am offering a personal service. I have gone through it and am going through it myself.

“I am also a working professional and have been working since I was 16. I will only recommend skilled people - but skilled people come in many shapes. I think a lot of employers miss out because they aren’t flexible.”