June 19, 2024

Mum who started business to work around children hits milestone of £1m turnover

A MUM who set up her business to allow her to juggle working and parenthood has just hit her biggest milestone yet.

Sarah Roads, from Milton, launched her company, SLR Recruitment Solutions Ltd in 2017, after having her first son, Harry and having previously been employed in recruitment for 12 years.

She set up the business so she could spend more time with her son and would work while he napped, while he was at nursery and in the evenings when he was in bed.

Now, three years on, the now-mum-of-two is celebrating hitting her first £1m annual turnover.

The business secures contract-based and permanent roles for different trades in the marine and industrial sectors, both in Portsmouth and throughout the rest of the country.

She supplies workers such as painters, welder fabricators and mechanical fitters for a number of firms and has provided work for reputable firms, including BAE Systems, Babcock, Wightlink and Red Funnel.

She provided painters for the D-Day landing craft in Southsea as part of its restoration.

Sarah said: ‘The marine industry has always been my passion. Having worked at sea for 7 years, it’s a natural passion of mine. Being able to look at boats and ships and say that I supplied people to do work on them is something I’m extremely proud of.’

The 39-year-old has built her business from the ground up completely organically, through building strong relationships and being consistent on social media.

She still juggles the business with being a mum and has been home-schooling Harry, now six and Jack, four, for the last two months, alongside work.

She said: ‘There’s an expectation when you’re employed in recruitment that you have to sit at a desk all the hours under the sun, but really it’s all about being willing to put the work in and being reactive.

‘The three years building up to this turnover has been my biggest achievement so far. It feels amazing to have reached such a milestone. I’m just a mum with a laptop and a phone, who has given it everything around her kids. I was elated when I saw that I’d hit it, because all my hard work and faith in myself had paid off. There were times where I thought “what am I doing?” and that it would be easier to pack it in and get a job, but I genuinely have a passion for what I do and it’s all worth it.

‘I want £5m to be my next milestone.’