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May 18, 2018



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In this episode we return to Prolific North Live 2018 for a debate on the occasionally fraught process of finding and employing staff in the creative and digital industry. Heather Grey (Business Sorority)  is in the moderators chair, as Simon Wharton (PushOn) and Matt Hackett (Canny Recruitment) go toe to toe.

Topics covered in this episode:


  • How well do recruiters listen to agencies?
  • Do agencies have realistic expectations when looking for staff and hiring recruiters?
  • A good recruiter can offer more than just a few CVs.
  • Choosing between taking on freelance or full-time staff.
  • The importance of finding a good culture and skills fit in prospective employees.
  • How recruiters can add value to companies and build trust between themselves and employers.
  • When businesses outgrow people and vice versa.   
  • What proactive recruitment means,and how it can help a business.
  • Social media and its ability to make the hiring process much more transparent.

Guest Bios


Heather Gray

Heather Gray is the founder of Business Sorority UK, a networking group that helps women as they climb the career ladder - giving them the leadership skills and opportunities to develop professionally. She is also the director of Heather Grey Events, which helps companies grow through revenue focused events.



Twitter: @BizSorority

Simon Wharton

Simon Wharton is the director of business strategy at PushON, an eCommerce agency specialising in Magento, shopware, and marketing - helping businesses achieve their commercial objectives through digital strategies. He has spent two decades in the sector and is now focusing on building it up through educating and supporting others.




Twitter: @PushONltd

Matt Hackett

Matt has extensive marketing, digital and eCommerce recruitment expertise, gained over the last 17 years. He has consulted with, planned and recruited for internal teams within businesses from SMEs to global PLC’s, across a wide range of industries, predominantly within the north of England.



Twitter: @cannyhackett

Presenter Bio


A journalist and broadcaster for nearly 30 years, Andy runs his own media consultancy in Manchester working with clients like Weber Shandwick, the NFU, and the Institute of Directors.


Andy started in print before 17 years as a BBC presenter & reporter, appearing on BBC Breakfast, Five Live & the Today programme. For five years Andy presented the award-winning BBC1 current affairs programme Inside Out, travelling across


Europe making documentaries on terrorism, the smuggling of illegal guns into the UK and the Manchester IRA bomb. He also made films with Sir Bobby Charlton, Yoko Ono, Lord Heseltine and Johnny Marr.




Twitter: @AndyPJo1


Thanks for coming along and we hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed putting it all together. Please subscribe to our podcast for more great insights from more great people.

Next Episode


We’re back at Prolific North Live 2018 to look at the personal journey of a successful entrepreneur. Tune in to hear about what it takes to run a business and, more importantly, have a great time doing it.


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