Business Development Manager – Creative Furniture & Interior Design Studios

Our client is a dynamic, creative and driven furniture design and manufacturer based close to Knutsford. They work with clients across the hospitality industry and recent projects include hotels, restaurants and bars throughout the UK.  The business is growing and we are now looking for a Business Development Manager to help us take it even further. 

Our Business Development Manager will be based at our offices near Knutsford and be responsible for the overall relationship and management of day-to-day sales activities towards furniture manufacturing clients in his/her provided regions of Scotland and South England. You will successfully manage the sales of our products through structured consultative sales discussions, ultimately serving as a business Style Matters advisor towards your customers. By positioning yourself as an indispensable resource, you will enable your customers to solve problems and increase business results. In turn, you will be building a thriving business of your own.

  • Schedule and hold face-to-face meetings with new and existing customers, learning about their business and how Style Matters and our in-house design team can enhance their results
  • Be responsible for the growth of your areas, through new client acquisition as well as the development of existing relationships
  • Identify and analyse past buying patterns of current accounts, and brainstorm ways to become their stronger, more inclusive supplier
  • Provide a state of the art customer service experience, positioning yourself as their desired one-stop-shop
  • Educate yourself on, and continuously stay up to date with, our product offerings as well as ever-changing market conditions and competitive analysis
  • Hold responsibility for system information and reporting in CRM application
  • Making proactive outgoing calls to new and prospective clients

Job Requirements

  • 5+ years of successful proactive sales experience
  • An existing network within the furniture industry is ideal but not essential
  • Ability to schedule and manage your own time, delivering on the activities that produce results
  • Willingness/ability for overnight travels
  • Proactive, high energy, coachable, strong work ethic
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Developed analytical, planning, organising, and monitoring skills
  • Experience in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software an asset
  • Link with our in-house design team to put forward presentations and tenders for upcoming design / projects that require our services
  • Secure information and find out who to talk to with regards to new or upcoming projects
  • Target driven and financially motivated
  • Report to sales manager weekly with performance statistics
  • Good understanding of Microsoft products
  • Must meet deadlines and be proactive
  • Always be presentable, smart and promote the company in a professional manner.

The role is full time but we would consider 4 days per week.  We offer a basic salary with on target earnings to £33,500 per annum.

Due to our location, our ideal candidate would have their own transport as there is limited public transport within the area.

For more information about this role, please contact Pam: or call her on 07872 384121

Junior PA

Our client is a dynamic, creative and driven furniture design and manufacturer based close to Knutsford. They work with clients across the hospitality industry and recent projects include hotels, restaurants and bars throughout the UK.

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and hard-working PA with a determined attitude who is looking for an exciting position within a busy, creative environment. Working within our Admin team, you will undertake PA duties for the Director.  There will be lots of interaction with our clients, so you will be fully up-to-speed with all of our exciting projects. You will have the ability to remain calm under pressure and prioritise a high-workload.

Responsibilities include:-

  • Liaison with our clients at a senior level
  • Producing accurate quotations using Excel
  • Manage the Director’s diary and schedule meetings and appointments on her behalf
  • Make travel arrangements for the Director
  • Screening and directing phone calls
  • Support the team to ensure excellent communication

Our ideal candidate requirements:

  • previous experience as a PA or administrator
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • MS Office skills, particularly Excel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Outstanding organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise daily workload
  • Discretion, confidentiality and resilience
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements
  • An interest in design would be advantageous but not essential

The salary range for the role is £18-21,000 based on candidate experience. The role will be Monday-Friday, full time. Due to our location, our ideal candidate would have their own transport as there is limited public transport within the area.

For more information about the role please contact Pam Hassall at Knutsford HR & Recruitment (part of Knutsford Admin Ltd).

Junior Digital Marketing/Graphic Designer

We have an excellent opportunity for a Junior Digital Marketer/Graphic Designer to join a dynamic, creative Interior & Furniture Design Studio based close to Knutsford.

Our client has outstanding creativity, talent and skills, to offer interior design, development and management services throughout the U.K and internationally.   Recent projects include hotels, restaurants and bars.

They employ and work with a high standard of interior designers, architectural designers and furniture designers and have an exceptional group of selected partners who work with them, bringing a wealth of knowledge & creativity ensuring each project remains the forefront of today.

They are looking for a Digital Marketing/Graphic Designer who can be a long-term member of the small team and has the potential to grow with the business.

The role will involve Website, Database, Marketing, Photography and Design skills or experience and duties will include:


  • Overall responsibility for one of our websites
  • Front-end changes and updates working alongside in-house team & external web development agency
  • Management of new product process


  • Work with sales department to ensure database is weekly cleansed and up-to-date for marketing email campaigns


  • Management of our furniture business e-mailer strategy in-line with wider marketing plans alongside internal marketing team
  • In-house marketing tasks including print, digital, signage etc.
  • Responsibility for current and relevant marketing material displays via TV’s in showroom


  • Photography of products from factory for website and social media. Daily communication with in-house team on progress
  • Oversee Product Development to ensure smooth delivery of new products to market
  • Visit site as and when required to retrieve commercial photography or projects / products


  • Company material, e.g. Company Book and technical support as and when required

Social Media

  • Build social media followings: engaging and informative content to the correct target audience


Our ideal candidate will have relevant digital marketing/graphic/creative work or study experience and be excited by the challenge of working with a busy and very creative environment.

We are offering a salary range of around £18-20,000 based on candidate experience.   The role is full-time and reports to the Design Director and Creative Designer.

Due to our location, our ideal candidate would have their own transport as there is limited public transport within the area.

For more information about the role please contact Pam Hassall at Knutsford HR & Recruitment: or 07872 384121 (office hours)

Assistant to MD’s Office, WA14

Our client is an Events & Property business based between Altrincham and Knutsford.  Our client’s business is truly exciting and no one day is ever the same!  They work with television/film companies, weddings & corporate events as well as property investment and planning.

We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic and hard-working Administrator/PA to work within the MD’s office.  Reporting to the MD’s Executive Assistant you must be able to multi-task, work on initiative and follow directions in this busy role.  You will have the ability to remain calm under pressure and prioritise a high-workload.

Duties will include:

  • complex diary management with frequent changes
  • telephone answering and greeting visitors
  • international and national travel booking (flights/trains etc)
  • system and paper filing of important documents
  • ordering office supplies and equipment
  • assisting sales team at some events
  • occasionally driving the M.D. and/or guests to meetings
  • some research into property projects
  • inputting expenses on excel work

Further duties will include personal PA activities for our MD’s family.

Our ideal candidate requirements:

  • previous experience as a PA/administrator
  • knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • excellent verbal and written communication as well as maths skills
  • outstanding organisational and time management skills
  • ability to multi task and prioritise daily workload
  • discretion and confidentiality
  • previous experience in Zoho, social media, wordpress websites and graphic skills would be useful
  • an excellent telephone manner, outlook, word, excel and power point skills

We are offering a generous salary based on candidate experience. The role is full-time, 40 hours per week and we ask for flexibility with any out of hours work.

Our client is based in new offices, a rural barn conversion.  Due to the location our ideal candidate would have their own transport as there is limited public transport within the area.

For more information about the role please contact Pam Hassall at Knutsford HR & Recruitment: or call 07872 384121

Finance Technical Assistant

We are looking for a Financial Technical Assistant to join our client’s highly regarded Chartered Financial Planning business.

Based in Lymm, the business offers a very warm culture where all staff are highly valued.  Due to business growth, we are recruiting for a Technical Assistant to work alongside our Paraplanner and the financial admin team.

The role:
We are looking for candidates with customer service/financial service experience within the finance industry to undertake structured administrative tasks for our Paraplanner in a methodical and consistent manner.  Your role will focus on supporting the technical team to allow a smooth and consistent service for our clients.

Duties will include:

  • Support the work of Paraplanner/Technical Specialist
  • Compile product research
  • Collate, evaluate and process information received
  • Perform critical yield calculations to determine plan viability.
  • Prepare relevant application forms
  • Create illustrations in line with Paraplanner’s recommendations.
  • Perform case analysis to highlight omissions prior to handover to Technical Specialist.
  • Support the preparation of Suitability Reports for Technical Specialists
  • Maintain the Quality of Documentation standards set out by the company.
  • Send letters of authority to providers
  • Complete LOA checklists to ensure all relevant information is received from providers
  • General support of the business administration function
  • Update all systems to allow consistent data to be accessed by the team.
  • Producing customer statements and generating reports (Microsoft Excel) · Attend weekly team meetings.
  • Supporting the delivery of agreed projects.
  • Supporting the business CPD process (35 hours per year)

Our ideal candidate will have:-

  • Previous office based experience in a financial services or customer service role.
  • 1-2 years minimum IFA industry experience and good general knowledge of life, investment, pension, protection and legislation
  • A good understanding of the advisory process and ideally be CFP qualified (or equivalent).
  • Confident user of IT systems. (Word, Excel) · Ability to manage own workload.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong telephone communication skills. · Willing to learn and develop.
  • Desire and commitment to progress personally within Financial Services, and particularly in Technical Specialist area.
  • Willingness to undertake other duties to support the team and business from time to time.

The role offers a salary range of £22,000-£25,000 plus a generous bonus scheme.  The hours are 34 per week with reduced working time in the summer to support family life.

Our other benefits include 21 days holiday, plus bank holidays and additional days at Christmas.  We also offer a generous pension with 5% employer contribution.

For more information about the role please contact Pam Hassall, or call 07872 384121.

PA to the Design Director

Our client is a small but rapidly growing interior and furniture Design Studio working with clients across the hospitality industry.  Recent projects include hotels, restaurants and bars throughout the UK.

‪We are looking for a dedicated and energetic PA to provide personalised secretarial and administrative support, in a well-organised and timely manner.   An outstanding communicator you will have the ability to relay vital information between the Director, the design team, clients, contractors and suppliers ensuring a smooth process from lead development right through to project delivery.

You will have the ability to remain calm under pressure and prioritise a high-workload within this busy, dynamic and creative design studio.

Responsibilities include:-

  • Act as the point of contact between the Director and clients
  • Follow up client leads, issue fee proposals and create good relationships with clients
  • Support the Design Team to communicate deadlines, hit targets and deliver services efficiently and effectively
  • Screen and direct phone calls and emails for the Director and distribute correspondence
  • Handle requests and queries appropriately within the team, ensuring client feedback is relayed and design developments are communicated in an efficient and timely manner
  • Manage the Director’s diary and schedule meetings and appointments on her behalf
  • Make travel arrangements for the Director
  • Monitor and claim expenses and mileage claims for the Director
  • Take notes and minutes for meetings as required and distribute where appropriate
  • Office management including, printer usage, stationery, housekeeping, etc
  • Support team meetings to ensure good communication within the Stylise Design Team
  • Monitor holidays, sickness and absence within the Stylise Design Team


  • Previous experience as a personal assistant/senior administrator
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • MS Office and InDesign knowledge
  • Proficient in verbal and written communication at all levels
  • Outstanding organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise daily workload
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements
  • An interest in interior design would be advantageous but not essential

The role is full time, Monday-Friday but we will consider flexible working hours.  Our office is based close to Knutsford.  Due to our location our ideal candidate would have their own transport due to limited public transport within the area.

For more information please contact Pam Hassall: or call 01565 625615

6 UK Employment Law Changes taking place in 2018

If you require further information on the items featured here or advice on any other HR or employment matter please get in touch:
Pam Hassall:  or call  01565 625615 //  07872 384121
Knutsford HR & Recruitment are part of the Knutsford Admin Group.  We offer HR and employment law advice as well
as a specialised recruitment service.

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will update and harmonise data protection law across the EU. Businesses will need to audit and review their existing data policy.   The GDPR is effective from 25th May 2018.

Initial agreement has been announced protecting the rights of EU Citizens who currently live in the UK to remain here to live, work and study following Brexit.
  Nonetheless, those employers that rely on a large inflow of European workers are still awaiting confirmation of immigration arrangements following our withdrawal from the EU.


From 6th April 2018, taxation of termination payments – that is all payments that are in lieu of notice must be treated as remuneration and so subject to tax and NI contributions.  Previously, employers could offer an employee a tax-free payment in lieu of their notice period where there was no contractual right to make a payment in lieu of notice.


National Living Wage for employees aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour from 1st April 2018.  Other rate increases are as follows:
21 to 24 is £7.38; 18 to 20 is £5.90; Under 18 is £4.20 and Apprentice is £3.70.


Statutory family pay rates including maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental and maternity allowance will increase to £145.18 from 1st April 2018.


Private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more staff are required to publish their first gender pay gap report.  They are required to submit pay data from 2016/17 including differences in mean/media pay, mean/media bonus between their male and female staff.

Knutsford HR & Recruitment – New division of Knutsford Admin Ltd

Knutsford Admin is delighted to introduce our new HR and Recruitment services.

HR is often a task that business owners know they should be managing but sometimes don’t know where to start.  That is where Knutsford HR & Recruitment can help.

KHR&R is led by Pam Hassall.  Pam is an Associate Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) has more than 15 years’ experience working with small and SME businesses in HR and Recruitment.  Her early career was in London where she worked as an EA at CEO level at Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Erikson.

Pam has worked with the Knutsford Admin team on an informal basis since 2015 and joined us formally in 2017.  Her HR input is invaluable to our clients who appreciate her straightforward advice and quick action where necessary.

Pam is also skilled in internal recruitment projects, having spent 10 years in Executive Recruitment as HR Manager/Internal Recruiter.  She engages well with her candidates and has an excellent sense of the right fit candidate for our clients.

If you would like to learn more please contact: or call 01565 625615. 

Read about how our HR & Recruitment services can help you in your business HERE.

Latest jobs – Executive Assistant / PA Knutsford, Cheshire


We are looking for a part-time Private PA/Executive Assistant to support a busy company CEO in his business and personal life.  Based in the family home, just outside Knutsford, our successful candidate’s responsibilities will include:


– Travel and diary schedules
– Private property management
– PA duties
– Filing
– Event organisation

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

– Absolute discretion and responsibility – you will often be party to confidential information
– Be flexible and adaptable
– Self-motivated and self sufficient
– Well organised with excellent communication skills
– Tactful and diplomatic
– Warm and engaging, with an excellent telephone manner
– Excellent IT skills with good working knowledge of Microsoft products

This is a newly created role suitable for an experienced PA or EA who wishes to work part-time hours in an interesting and rewarding work environment with plenty of variety.  We envisage the role to be 4 hours per day over 4 days and can be reasonably flexible on work hours and days.

To learn more about this exciting position please contact Pam Hassall,


Knutsford HR & Recruitment are part of Knutsford Admin Ltd
16a Princess Street, Knutsford WA16 6BU
01565 625615/07872 384121

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Knutsford Bookkeepers polish their skills at Cheshire Cookery School

Team Day Out! Officially it was Knutsford Admin’s Christmas Do a trip out on a cookery course – however you could call it ‘Team Building’, it was certainly interesting seeing our different personalities shining through as we set about the various cooking tasks.

First we gathered by our office door, wrapped up warm to head off to the train.

Then with a bit of magic we transformed from bookkeepers into proper chefs.

We’d found the Cheshire Cookery School via social media but had never visited previously.

A complete treat, a fantastic foodie facility with a well set out and equipped kitchen and very best of all the delightful assistants who cleared up behind us.

Our challenge was to make ravioli with a mushroom sauce and baked focaccia, this perhaps doesn’t sound that difficult but it took us a while and was huge fun, testing our skills as we went.  Do you use a sharp knife to crack eggs?  Well we learnt how to sharpen knifes and then crack eggs.  Did you know the weather and humidity will affect how much water to put in your bread dough.  Would you know all about proper olive oil?  Great to learn new knowledge.

It’s fair to say that our most mathematical team members Jon and Alison took a far more precise approach to their ravioli and produced uniform squares, all very neatly executed.

My approach is much more about getting tasks done quickly – my plate of food was cooked and ready for eating way before anyone else, my ravioli tasted absolutely fine of course, but lacked the finesse of Jon and Alison’s, I like to think mine had a more ‘rustic’ look.

Interestingly though this is reflected in how we work with Knutsford Admin – I am much more prone to pushing work along quickly, whereas some of the others like to take more time – as clients are charged by the hour so long as the work is correct most of them prefer a speedier approach, and that’s what makes a good team, achieving a good end result but in the time frame the client desires.

All in all we had a marvellous day enjoying a complete break from computer screens and enjoying each others company – there is no doubt about it, the odd social activity does a great deal to keeping a team motivated and I for one, thoroughly enjoyed the Cheshire Cookery School experience with the Knutsford Admin team.

Now let’s start planning 2018!

Happy Christmas from

Helen and team KA