A pair of flexible employment consultants who set up in business less than two years ago have doubled staff numbers and moved into new offices after quadrupling year-on-year turnover.
Bristol-based Flexology, which is run by business partners Kristal McNamara and Shelley Snelson, saw a 402% increase in turnover between 2017 and 2018.
The company has a double specialism; consulting with businesses to develop a flexible working culture, and placing staff into flexible roles at a senior professional level.
Growth has come as employers across the South West develop their mindsets regarding the changing world of work and the adoption of more flexible working practices.
Kristal and Shelley now plan to double the size of their business and staff each year for the next three years.
They have recently started their own recruitment drive with the employment of two key personnel. Lena Smeaton joins as senior account manager, to manage the company’s expanded client and candidate base, while Samantha Furley moves from law firm Barcan+Kirby to become Flexology’s new marketing manager.
The expansion of Flexology, which was launched in March 2017, has also coincided with a move into offices in Berkeley Square in Clifton, after six months in the Entrepreneurial Spark programme based in Temple Quay.
Snelson is a qualified chartered accountant with over 16 years’ experience of leading large operational and client facing teams and investment decisions across professional services, banking and other industry sectors.
She said: “We are increasingly seeing more employers understanding the evidence; that flexible working attracts and retains staff as they are happier, healthier and more productive.
“We have also seen an increase in repeat business from our existing clients due to our continued success working with them.
“The world of work is changing, with an increased focus on flexible working and staff wellbeing, and we regularly talk as subject matter experts on this at key events. Our recruitment business has seen a period of huge growth, but we are also excited to be working with a number of businesses on our consultancy work, introducing more flexible working to their existing business.
“We are highly optimistic about the future, creating a substantial change to the world of work for new and existing staff in Bristol and the South West and helping businesses to create the environment to attract and retain talent.”
McNamara is a qualified change and programme management professional who has worked in the financial services sector for over 15 years and has extensive experience in project management, business improvement and leading large-scale programmes of organisational change.