Health care recruitment agency grows turnover 16 fold… after getting help to manage its cashflow

Health care recruitment agency grows turnover 16 fold… after getting help to manage its cashflow

A health care recruiter is set to see his company’s turnover increase 16-fold this year.. after getting outside help to manage cash-flow.

Trevor Mapondera, 35, set up Nurseline Healthcare Limited in 2011 and the firm recorded a profit in its first year.

But its income masked serious cash-flow issues – as wages were paid ahead of receiving payment from clients.

trevor_mapondera_hayley_chiba2 Health care recruitment agency grows turnover 16 fold... after getting help to manage its cashflowThe firm, which offers cost-effective nurse recruitment to healthcare providers, sometimes had to turn away contracts despite having a team to carry out the work.

The company then called in finance specialist Hayley Chiba, of Better Numbers, and within six months she has helped the company to increase its growth by 40 per cent

Trevor, a former UWE student who started work as a mental health nurse with the NHS over 10 years ago, said: “We felt frustrated because we couldn’t grow as quickly as we wanted to and it was simply the cash cycle that was holding us back.

“We had a weekly payroll for our staff, but usually had to wait a couple of months to get paid by clients. This added to our costs as the interest on borrowing was over ten per cent.

“It had a knock-on-effect on other areas of business, such as not being able to take on more staff to meet the growing demand. It was an area we needed to change – and quickly.”

Trevor, who has worked as an area manager with Avon and Wiltshire mental health trust, said: “Hayley managed the whole cash-flow issue and dealt with the banks, so we could focus on running our business. It was like a weight was lifted off our shoulders.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for Hayley. Instead, we would be plodding along and unable to grow because of lack of capital.”

The business, which has its headquarters in Bradley Pavilions, Bradley Stoke, is set to take on another 300 nurses within a year – bringing its team of available staff to 500 and to open a branch in Gloucester this summer.

Hayley, who has worked as a finance manager for the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and lives with her son and partner in Westbury Park, said: “Cash-flow problems can affect a company’s ability to make money. Strong cash flow allows a company more flexibility with its business decisions and potential investments.”


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