BLM catches up with Manchester-based Jo Sellick

Jo Sellick

BLM met with the founder of Manchester-based Sellick Partnership, Jo Sellick, following the company’s 15 year anniversary.

How would you describe the last 15 years?

Fifteen years is a real milestone and like most businesses, we’ve been through some ups and downs but overall, it’s been very successful. As it stands we have a turnover of £40 million, seven offices and 90 employees – all of which makes us very proud.

If you would have said fifteen years ago we would be at the numbers we are now, I would have been ecstatic. We’ve also created a strong working culture and acquired some credible accreditations such as Investors in People and ISO 9001.

In addition to these prestigious accolades we have also been recognised as one the UK’s 100 Best Workplaces™ by Great Place to Work® twice and featured on the Financial Times FT 1000 list of the 1,000 fastest growing companies in Europe.

It is these accreditations that really makes us stand out from the crowd, and I am immensely proud of each and every one.

It’s also important to stress that it’s not just about me, as we have a talented team and we have created a working environment that people love.

Can you tell readers about your background?

I completed a degree in politics before working in sales and recruitment. Following this I set up Sellick Partnership in 2002 with just a laptop and a yellow pages, and at the time specialised in Financial recruitment.

Since then we have grown significantly and now cover additional areas that include Legal, HR, Housing & Property Services, Procurement, Change & Transformation and Actuarial.

I always had the desire to want to do something by myself and I guess this comes from my background. I’ve also always had a certain degree of confidence and been willing to back myself.

I think that’s important in business but equally it’s important to be humble and to listen to people and take advice. Arrogance gets you nowhere in life.

How have you seen Manchester change in the last fifteen years?

The last fifteen years have been booming for Manchester. Sir Howard Bernstein was instrumental in transforming it into a great city, with a clear vision.

It’s now the second city in the UK and initiatives around transport and education have made an enormous difference. Manchester has one of the biggest student populations in Europe and this is generating wealth for the city and creating a real vibrancy.

I’m optimistic going forward for Manchester too; and if you look at the skyline, you can see all the cranes and development work that is happening. The future is bright.